Best camera bags for women who travel in 2022
Been looking for camera bags for women and had no luck in finding something you would proudly carry when travelling? Look no further! I have the perfect list of camera bags for you.
Until recently, I didn’t own a camera bag and didn’t pay much attention to my – unprotected – camera moving freely inside my backpack. That was until I bought a new mirrorless camera. With a much higher value and a prettier design, I decided it was time I started caring for it and started my search for a pretty yet functional yet small camera bag for women.
And to my huge disappointment, when looking at the most well-known camera brands online, all the camera bags I found were HUGE backpacks definitely not made for women who want to look stylish!
It was so difficult to find designs I actually liked. I searched all over the Internet: Google, Pinterest, Instagram, analyzing my favourite female travel bloggers’ outfits to find the best camera bag. And after hours of research, here are the camera bags for women that I found!
I thought that I had to share my results with you given the fact that the already-existing guides do not provide options based on different needs.
I separated the options between shoulder bags and backpacks, and for each section, you will find recommendations based on your preferred design, size or price. Hope you will find this article helpful!
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Things to consider when choosing your camera bag
How much gear do you own? With how much gear do you usually walk around or travel? Will you need to use this bag for professional situations as well where you need to carry a lot of gear? Do you have a tripod you always carry with you?
All these are questions you must ask your self before defining the size of the camera bag you need!
I personally like to travel light so my choice will always be a bag as compact as possible. In this guide, I’ve listed bags of many different sizes, so you will hopefully find the one that matches your needs.
Are you more a shoulder bag or backpack kind of woman? Do you prefer minimalistic and refined designs or are you more into vintage looks? Depending on your style, choose the camera bag that will match most of your outfits and with which you will feel the most comfortable.
Just like camera gear is expensive, many camera bags for women are considered premium products and sold at high prices. But not all bags are! In this guide, I have included options under $100 for those of you who have a smaller budget. Most of the bags I mention here are between $100 and $250, which I find to be a fair price to protect equipment that is worth so much more than that!
With all the precious gear you have, you want to make sure it’s secure when travelling the world. When choosing your camera bag, make sure the design will make you feel at ease and not worrying constantly about your equipment!
And finally, you might want to consider the weight of the bag itself. Who wants to carry something heavy on their shoulders all day long when travelling? The camera itself is often heavy enough, especially if you carry a second or third lens with you, a water bottle, a tripod, etc etc. Choose a bag that won’t make you want to cut short your visits because your back hurts!
Let’s have a look first at the best shoulder camera bags for women. Further in the article, I will guide you through my choice of the best camera backpacks for women.
My top 18 camera bags for women
- Lola Noir by Gatta
- Jackie Hazel by Gatta
- The Colt by The IT
- The Urban Blush Pink by Boin Bags
- The Claremont by Lo & Sons
- Camera bag by MegaGear
- Leather Camera bag by Leatheropolis
- The Bowery by Ona Bags
- Crossbody Camera bag by Veyrona
- Christie Noir by Gatta
- The Kelly by Kelly Moore
- The Backpack Pro by Db (also known as Douchebags)
- The Backpack by Db (also known as Douchebags)
- The Tog Bag by TOGLDN
- The Runner Photo by Brevite
- The Monterey by Ona Bags
- Casey Camera backpack by Fill Your Passport
- The Mini Tog Bag by TOGDLN
Best shoulder camera bags for women
Stylish camera bags
Dimensions: 10” L x 7” H x 5” D / 25.4cm L x 17.8cm H x 12.7cm D
Weight: 1.7 lb / 770g
What fits: a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with 1-2 extra lens(es). It also has a front pocket to carry your phone, your passport, a small notebook, a pen, a small wallet or your keys!
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Dimensions: 11” L x 7.7” H x 5.5” D / 28cm L x 19.5cm H x 14cm D
Weight: 1.9 lb / 860g
What fits: The Jackie Hazel is a bit bigger than the Lola Noir above. So it can hold a slightly bigger DSLR or Mirrorless camera with 1-2 extra lens(es). It also has a front pocket to carry your phone, your passport, a small notebook, a pen, a small wallet, your keys, or any small accessory!
Dimensions: 9.5″ L x 7″ H x 5.5″ D / 24.1cm L x 17.8cm H x 14cm D
What fits: a small/medium DSLR or a mirrorless camera. There is also room for 1 or 2 extra lens(es) and other accessories you might need like your phone, extra batteries, SD cards, wallet… The bag comes with two removable dividers.
Price: 185€ (around $218)
Dimensions: 11″ L x 8.2″ H x 4.7″ D / 28cm L x 21cm H x 12 cm D
Weight: 1.54 lb / 700g
What fits: this camera bag easily fits a DSLR or mirrorless camera with one extra lens. You can also fit a few extra accessories!
Dimensions: 10.5″ L x 8.5″ H x 5.5″ D / 26.6cm L x 21.6cm H x 14cm D
Weight: 1.5 lb / 680g
What fits: a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with one extra lens. There are two small front pockets for your SD cards and a back zipper pocket where you can put your phone, cash, keys or passport.
Best small camera bag
Dimensions: 7.67” L x 6.10” H x 4.33” D / 19.5cm L x 15.5cm H x 11cm D
What fits: most mirrorless cameras, instant cameras and small DSLRs, as well as small lenses or accessories. For example, my Fujifilm X-T4 would fit with an 18-55mm lens.
Best vintage camera bags
Dimensions: 10.4″ L x 8.2″ H x 5.5″ D/ 26.5cm L x 21cm H x 14 cm D
What fits: most DSLR cameras and one extra lens. There are many little pockets to fit your other accessories as well and keep them organised!
Dimensions: 10.5″ L x 7″ H x 4″ D / 26.7cm L x 17.8cm H x 10.1cm D
What fits: a mirrorless or DSLR camera and one extra lens. The bag is also big enough to fit a small notebook or an iPad mini! You will also find some small pockets around the bag to hold your phone, passport, cash… and many other small accessories.
Best vegan camera bag
Dimensions: 7.5” L x 7.1” H x 3.9” D / 19cm L x 18cm H x 9,9cm D
Weight: the exact weight is not mentioned by the seller but because it is made of starch fibres, it is most likely the most lightweight bag of this article! If you are looking for a bag that’s not heavy at all, you should go for this option.
What fits: this bag is pretty small so it only mirrorless cameras, compact cameras or small DSLRs as shown in the picture will fit. The bag has two tiny pockets inside to keep your phone or passport and an outer pocket where you could probably fit a small notebook!
Best camera backpacks for women
Stylish camera backpacks
Dimensions: 8.7” W x 10” H x 6.3” D / 22cm W x 25.4cm H x 16cm D
Weight: 1.4 lb / 635g
What fits: the Christie camera bag can hold a mirrorless or DSLR camera and 1-2 extra lenses. Its five interior pockets will also allow you to carry extra small accessories and keep them organised while you travel! You can also carry a small water bottle inside.
Dimensions: 11.75” W x 14.5” H x 5.5” D / 29.8cm W x 36.8cm H x 14cm D
Weight: 4 lbs / 1.8kg
What fits: bigger than the Christie camera bag above, it can hold any pro DSLR camera, with an extra lens up to 12″ (30.5cm). You can also use the padded basket to fit 3 lenses and cover it to put your camera on top of it. The Kelly can also hold a water bottle and a tablet or a laptop like the 13″ Macbook Pro or smaller.
Best camera backpacks when carrying a lot of gear
Price: 209€ (around $245) + 109€ (around $128) for the big camera insert or 79€ (around $93) for the small camera insert.
Dimensions: 11.6″ W x 18.5″ H x 6.7″ D / 29.5 cm W x 47 cm H x 17 cm D
Weight: 3.5 lbs / 1.6 kg
What fits: the Backpack Pro is a large camera bag that will hold safely all the gear you need when travelling when combined with the CIA pro camera insert! You can carry a big DSLR camera, extra lenses including a telephoto lens, extra batteries, a GoPro, a drone… and any other accessories you might need! You can also attach your tripod to the stripes on one side of the backpack and fit a water bottle on the other side.
The main compartment is fully openable so you can easily access your gear at any time. The backpack also features a separate laptop pocket that fits up to a 16″ Macbook Pro. Finally, the chest strap and hip belt keep the backpack in place and secure no matter what you’re doing, whether it is a hike in the mountain or running to catch your plane!
Price: 189€ (around $222) +79€ (around $93) for the camera insert
Dimensions: 11.4″ W x 18.5″ H x 5.9″ D / 29 cm W x 47 cm H x 15 cm D
Weight: 2.2 lbs / 1 kg
What fits: the Backpack is less deep than its big brother the Backpack Pro so it fits smaller cameras (though most big DSLRs still fit) and less gear. The other difference is that there are no straps on the front to secure the bag so it might not be the best option if you are the adventurous kind! Other than that it has exactly the same features. Overall, it is a better option if you are looking for a smaller/everyday backpack. If you can’t decide between the two I suggest you have a look at this video where you will see both camera backpacks in action!
Dimensions: 11.8″ W x 17.3″ H x 6.3 D / 30cm W x 44cm H x 16cm D
What fits: Thanks to its numerous velcro dividers, this backpack can fit a lot of equipment, although smaller than the Backpack Pro mentioned above! You can reorganise them as you want to fit all your gear. This camera bag can easily hold a big DSLR camera with a couple of extra lenses and another small camera! There is also a large bag pocket to put your computer (like a 15″ Macbook), a front pocket to store small items and a side pocket to easily access your camera! Really smart. The left side of this bag also has some straps and an open pocket to accommodate your tripod or a water bottle.
Dimensions: 11″ W x 17″ H x 5.5″ D / 27.9 cm W x 43.1 cm H x 14 cm D
Weight: the weight is not specified by Brevite but the bag’s fabric, polyester, ensures that the backpack is lightweight.
What fits: the Runner Photo camera backpack can hold a lot of gear! Count a full-frame DSLR and 3 extra lenses, of which one can be a telephoto lens. This camera bag is extremely well designed and has so many pockets to organise your accessories! Some really caught my attention:
– a back pocket for a 16″ Macbook
– a top compartment to put a sweater if it gets gold or anything you don’t want to mix with your camera gear
– an easy access phone pocket
– and a quick access door for your camera! The best feature I have seen in all camera bags so far.
– and many more small pockets to carry all your accessories with you. There are also two different spaces outside the bag to carry a tripod.
Best vintage camera backpack
Dimensions: 10.5″ W x 14.5″ H x 6″ D / 26.7cm W x 36.8cm H x 15.2cm D
What fits: a full-frame DSLR camera and 4 to 6 extra lenses! There’s a lot of room in this camera backpack and it can also hold a laptop up to 13″ or a notebook. The dividers are fully removable so you can use this bag as an everyday backpack when you’re not shooting!
Dimensions: 11.8″ W x 15.7″ H x 7.1″ D / 30cm W x 40cm H x 18cm D
What fits: this vintage camera backpack can hold a DSLR camera and 4+ extra lenses in a secure padded camera insert bag. It’s a good option for travellers who do not want to carry their gear in a bag that screams “super-expensive equipment inside”! With this backpack, you will really blend in. It also features an inner laptop sleeve and side straps for a tripod.
Best small camera backpack
Dimensions: 6.6″ W x 11″ H x 5.5″ D / 22cm W x 28cm H x 14cm D
What fits: this camera backpack may be small, but it can still hold quite a lot of gear! Its compact design lets you carry a DSLR or mirrorless camera with 2-3 extra lenses, an iPad mini or notebook in the back pocket and your phone and extra accessories in the front pocket. Perfect for all minimalist travel women out there!
How to transform any bag into a camera bag
Finally, you can transform any bag you have into a camera bag! Let’s say for example that you own a backpack similar to this Beis backpack. You can simply purchase a camera bag insert to keep your gear organised and secure from impacts! When choosing your camera bag insert, pay attention to the dimensions of the insert and the inside dimensions of your bag. This can also work for handbags! Here are some good camera bag inserts you can check out:
– Peak Design camera cube (small)
– Fjällräven Kaiken photo insert (small)
You can also make your camera bag insert yourself. Follow this DIY tutorial to learn how!
Did you like this selection of camera bags for women? Is there any other kind of bag I missed and I should have included in this guide? Let me know your thoughts and if you ended up getting any of the bags I mentioned above!
And make sure to check out my guide on how to choose your travel camera based on your photography level ☺️
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