For a photographer, choosing the right camera backpack is just about as personal as choosing the right wallet or purse. What may work for one person may not work for another photographer. But with the sheer amount of choices available in the market, it can be difficult to sort out which backpack is the right one for your. One way to narrow down the choices is to decide where will you be taking your camera gear to.
For example, if you are looking for a backpack backpack for adventure photography, you may need a rugged and weather-resistant backpack that can carry additional supplies and clothing. Not only is capacity important, but comfort and weight must be accounted for, especially if you are hiking long distance for a long period of time.
Zeke of Nice Industries, the makers of the Aviator Travel Jib that we recently reviewed, takes us through a very good review of his eight favorite camera backpacks for the outdoors. Many of these backpacks are not your run-of-the-mill camera backpack that you can find in a brick and mortar store, so it’s good to see how they look on a person and in detail.
If you are looking for a camera backpack for hiking, adventure sports, travelling in general, or even an off-trail photoshoot, then this review is for you.
The Video Review of 8 Camera Backpacks in 8 Minutes
The Camera Backpacks Reviewed in Video
FStopGear’s Tilopa BC
Cool feature: Removable internal camera compartment unit (ICU) that is accessible from the back of the backpack and can be purchased in different sizes according to your needs
Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack
Cool feature: Split butterfly camera compartment to limit environmental exposure to only one half of the compartment at a time
Tom Bihn Brain Bag with Camera IO
Cool feature: Removable Camera IO compartment becomes a slingbag
Cool feature: The camera compartment’s two zippers snap into each other to deter unwanted access
Mountainsmith Borealis AT
Cool feature: Can hold a ski or a snowboard and a tripod at the same time
Clik Elite Contrejour 35
Cool feature: side access to camera, as well as rear access
Sierra Designs Herald 30
Cool feature: Although not designed as a camera backpack, you can put a camera compartment in it. Also, has one of the best camera backpadding and a reinforced central spine for supporting heavy loads