The Best DSLR Backpack For Photography Fanatics

Photography is growing into both an increasingly popular profession and hobby. You are most likely find more people roaming around with a bulky and sophisticated digital camera than you ever did before, especially at tourist and wildlife destinations. As you’re reading this article we are sure you might be one of them. If you are, this article is absolutely a must-read for you. We’re going to review the most protective and best DSLR backpack on the market, which are absolutely a must to protect your treasured DSLR camera.

A DSLR camera, a good one, can very well cost a bomb so you obviously wouldn’t want to take any risks in it becoming damaged when you’re out and about. Purchasing a backpack that is specifically designed to hold your DSLR camera is the sure secure way to ensure your pride and joy stays as safe as possible. Not only that, but a good DSLR backpack would also make it very convenient to carry your bulky DSLR camera as well as all the accessories you need along with you, wherever you go.

But given that finding the right DSLR backpack may be a little challenging, we have made it considerably easy for you by narrowing down your search to the ‘Backpack Guys’ 3 best DSLR backpacks on the market today. So take a read and choose the one that fits your needs and budget best without having to go through all the hassle of purchasing a number of bags before finding the one that works best.

Backpack Title
6.9 Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Pro Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Pro $$
7.8 Abonnyc DRLBP-CZ Abonnyc DRLBP-CZ $$$
8.1 BAGSMART DSLR Backpack BAGSMART DSLR Backpack $$
5.0 Amazon’s Basic DSLR Backpack Amazon’s Basic DSLR Backpack $
  1. Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Pro

Best DSLR BackpackFirst things first, let us tell you that this DSLR backpack isn’t one of those that are capable of carrying everything you own – so if you’re someone that likes to carry around a lot of crap on your jobs then your best to move onto the next bag in our list. However, if you just need a bag specifically for your DSLR camera, you should have absolutely no problem with this backpack as far as the storage is concerned.

With that out of the way, the first thing we noticed is that its designed to easily carry a DSLR camera (of pretty much any size), a standard and two extra lenses, extra batteries, protection cover for your camera as well as having storage for a few extra accessories.

Something that you will surely be pleased with is the backpack’s design. It has three external pockets that are very well-designed, as they not only hold the stuff for you that you would need to access quickly, but also in a very secure way. The pockets are built on the inside of the backpack, which is exactly against your back.

This ensures they are completely secure from theft, but also prevents your back from getting dirty when you lay the bag down and put it back on (because they are on the inside).

As far as the waist band is concerned, it’s a little narrow but still works just as well. The arrangement of the tripod straps, (a conventional strap and a handy pocket) is very good and just adds to the convenience the backpack offers. It’s further enhanced by the fact that you don’t even need to remove the tripod while opening the bag, which seems to be an annoyingly common problem with many other DSLR backpacks we came across.

Finally, it’s also worth noting that the backpack feels very comfortable on the back, the shoulder straps and padded waist belt supports your back extremely well. So we can easily conclude that if you’re not really looking to carry a lot of extra unwanted stuff with you, this backpack may well turn out to be one of the best DSLR backpacks for you for the price.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • The Lowepro is extremely well designed, featuring external pockets that are both secure and convenient, allowing you to keep your gear out of harm’s way.
  • The bag’s superb design also makes it incredibly comfortable to carry, supporting you back and shoulders, helping to spread out the load.
  • Some people may have liked a little more storage, however, unless you’re lugging around some serious kit, then it’s more than suitable.


  1. Abonnyc DRLBP-CZ

Abonnyc DRLBP-CZThe very first thing you should know about this DSLR backpack is that it’s incredibly durable. It’s made of a very high-quality and durable material, which helps it be waterproof, shockproof, as well as resistant to abrasion and extrusion. That being said, if you’re into “rough” photography which calls for a very high level of protection, the Abonnyc DRLBP-CZ may turn out to be your best bet for the price.

It is, in fact, perfect in almost all departments, ranging from the design to the style and even the functionality. The design is very practical and functional, and it would probably serve every purpose you need it to, and still last for a really, really long time.

While being resistant to water and shock may seem just another feature to you, it’s after using it in rough conditions that you would realize how useful they turn out to be.

Another great thing about this backpack is that it’s highly customizable. You can make the large pocket fit pretty much anything you want. Similarly, the other pockets are highly customizable as well, allowing you to keep your camera and accessories in a way that helps ensure the highest level of protection and convenience.

It’s also surprisingly large for the price, and comes with many pockets and lots of storage. As for the things that aren’t as impressive, include the front buckle, which isn’t as tight as it should be, and the fact that the bag is a bit too soft.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • The well-rounded rucksack offers a lot of great features, making it one of the best on the market.
  • It’s incredibly durable, offering a high level of protection for your gear, which is exactly what a DSLR Backpack should do!
  • Highly customizable
  • The bag is also incredibly customizable, offering a plethora of compartments, pockets, and straps to keep all of your bits-and-bobs organized.
  • The front buckle is not tight enough, which causes the soft bag to expand quite a bit. A harder shell would sort this out.
  • The bag is a bit too soft



vanguard adaptor 46This is another one of those few DSLR backpacks out there that offer a great value for money. It comes packed with a bunch of features and is actually quite a unique product when compared to most others.

The reason we think it’s so unique is that it can be used both as a backpack and a sling. It means a lot of convenience, as using it in the sling mode would help you keep the camera very easily and quickly accessible. Furthermore, as the opening sits upright, you need not worry about your camera falling off.

As far as the durability is concerned, it doesn’t seem to be leaving anything to be desired on that front as well, as it boasts a solid construction and durable enough for rough use. The three compartments (two side and a top one) make it very roomy as well. Similarly, it comes with many different clips and straps, helping you keep your stuff organized and secure.

Then there are also some other impressive features such as waterproof zippers, hidden rain and tripod covers as well as the small flap pocket to hold tiny stuff that you may need frequently.

Finally, just as some of its buyers have mentioned in their reviews, for the price, the VANGUARD ADAPTOR 46 is probably the best you can get.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Can be used both as a backpack and a sling
  • The easy-access sling compartments make it easy to access your camera and accessories when you need to
  • The Tardis-like bag is also rather roomy, with many small and big compartments
  • Many extra features
  • While there is a hidden rain cover built-in, it’s not the best and it may not offer much protection, especially during heavy rains.
  • While it is incredibly easy to access your gear when using it as a sling, things get a bit slower when you start using it as a backpack

The Diamond Picks

While there’s no doubting that the above products are easily the best DSLR Backpacks on the market, here at Backpack Guys we understand that not everyone has the same tastes as us, which is why we have included some notable mentions:

Best Designed – Diamond #1 : The BAGSMART DSLR Backpack

BAGSMART Camera Backpack

It’s safe to say that DSLR backpacks are designed to be functional and not pretty, however, having both is always a plus. The BAGSMART DSLR rucksack is certainly the best-looking bag that we’ve seen to-date and, as well as looking great, it also works just as you would expect.

The fashionable addition to your camera equipment certainly has enough room to accommodate all of your gear, standing at 44cm, and the built-in laptop compartment makes it ideal for on-the-go work.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • As I’m sure you gathered by the subtitle, this bag looks great. If you want a bag that can be used for school/work as well as photography, then this is certainly for you.
  • With a laptop compartment (Fitting laptops up to 15.6”) and a number of padded compartments, the fashion accessory manages to be a good DSLR Backpack as well.
  • Straps on the side allow you to attach a tripod/ bipod, which is a feature that a lot of Photography Backpacks seem to miss out.
  • We honestly couldn’t find any major, deal-breaker negatives to this bag. It’s great!

Most Affordable – Diamond #2 : Amazon’s Basic DSLR Backpack

amazons basic backpack for slr

When it comes to photography, we appreciate that most people don’t have a large, or even big, budget and that they simply do it as a hobby, which is why spending a lot of money on a backpack may seem silly to them. If you don’t want to let your smaller budget hold you back, then Amazon’s Basic DSLR backpack is ideal for you.

Manufactured by the retail giant themselves, Amazon’s basic line-up aims to provide the very best quality at an affordable price, which is evident the moment you take a look at their DSLR bag. While it may not be the best designed, largest, or even most comfortable rucksack out there, it’s honestly amazing for the price.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • The price! Like we mentioned, it’s part of Amazon’s basic line-up, providing a quality service at a reasonable price.
  • It’s actually rather spacious, accommodation two DSLR bodies as well as four extra lenses, giving the average photographer more than enough room!
  • It doesn’t feature a waterproof cover and the shell is quite soft, although you can hardly complain when it is one of the most affordable options out there.

After testing a range of backpacks over the past few years, I can wholeheartedly say that the five backpacks above are all amazing in their own way, and I know for sure that one of them will be right for you. Hopefully, we’ve answered any questions you may have in the article, however, if you find yourself wanting more info/ have some nice photographs to send us, the contact page is on the bottom right of every page!