Are you looking for that perfect camera bag to meet your photography needs AND compliment your lifestyle? Here are our top picks of camera bags for women –  what style will you choose?

Hey everyone! So today I want to talk everything camera bag related. Or more specifically, stylish camera bags for women!

You see, on an average week, I’m lots of different things to lots of different people. I’m a mom of two toddlers – so I go everywhere with a change bag full of wipes and snacks. I’m a wife, so on date night, I dig out my beautiful leather handbag that gets to see the light of day every so often when I get to go out for dinner for a few hours. I’m a photographer, so every other day I’m pulling on either my big, black ugly backpack that holds all my gear kit, or a small camera body bag for one lens, DSLR gear, and camera body.

By the time I get to Friday night, I have no clue which bag my wallet is in, where I last put my SD card, or how many snacks have dispersed amongst all of my bags… a nightmare, right? Thankfully…t here’s a solution – I just don’t know why it took me so long to realize it!

Ok – let’s get down to business! If you’re on the hunt for a new camera bag with features that will meet most (if not all!) of your needs as a modern, busy photographer of today, here’s the best of the best camera bags for women!

I’m all about the style, features, and versatility when it comes to camera bags – let’s face it, that’s what sets the category of “Camera bags for women” separate from the standard, generic bags out there. But just like I know I have to balance style with comfort when it comes to choosing my footwear (as a mom I’m more often found in Converse than Jimmy Choos these days!), the same applies when it comes to your camera bag.

You want to be focused on what’s around you, your subject, the light, the environment. Your camera bag should simply compliment that by being easily accessible, comfortable to wear and move around with and fit whatever your needs are (photography or otherwise) on a day to day basis. Oh, and look good too of course!

The Best Camera Bags for Women

To make it easier, I’ve organized my favorites I’ve found by style category. Work out what sort of camera bag and features will work best for you to wear and be comfortable with, then go to the nitty gritty details to find the perfect camera bag for you!

I’m covering three main types of camera bag in this article: the handbag, the messenger style, and the backpack style, with a couple of extra bonus ideas thrown in at the end for good measure so keep reading!

I deliberately didn’t include the rolling trolley in here as the topic is camera bags for women… and let’s be honest here, those things may be super functional but attractiveness is way down the list of features and attributes so they just didn’t make the cut!

The Handbag

Purple Relic Leather DSLR Camera Bag

Price: $79.88

Size: 13″ (L) x 10.6″(H) x 5″(W)

Purple Relic DSLR Leather Camera Bag, camera bags for women

www.purplerelic.com

This retro-modern handcrafted leather design from Purple Relic is ideal for a multi-use everyday bag. The raw leather exterior means it will change color shades over time, so no two leather bags will look the same – you’ll have one of a kind!

This leather bag style is perfect for photographers who carry their entry-level DSLR and camera gear and lens, with room for some small camera accessories and gear such as spare batteries and cards. It’s also the camera bag for those who don’t wish their kit to scream “I’m in here!” as this leather camera bag can easily be mistaken for simply a vintage handbag.

The canvas-lined interior includes an easily removable padded basket for when you don’t need to carry your DSLR and camera gear around; this leather bag also comes with a removable shoulder strap should you choose to wear this over a shoulder or cross body.

I love the fact this leather bag comes with plenty of zipped and magnetic flap padded pockets, and even an iPad, a small tablet, phone and wallet slot to grab whatever you need to lug around easily. The buckle on the front adds a nice authenticity to this leather camera bag features, although several reviews have reported an issue with the buckle falling off easily. Thankfully customer service at Purple Relic seems top-notch as these issues have been reported as resolved quickly.

For me, this is a hobby photographer, daily use leather bag. Stylish and at a pretty good price point, it’s the leather camera bag for you if you want to be able to go about your day to day life while having the satisfaction of knowing your gear and DSLR camera body is quietly stored away until you need it!

It’s also pretty cool that it comes packaged in a dust bag – you get that sense of pride and care they’ve put into crafting and transporting this leather camera bag to you! They take pride in their leather camera bags for women and know we’ll appreciate that extra touch!

*** Bonus Tip *** – On visiting the Purple Relic website, a 15% off promo code popup appeared, valid on all products – if this leather camera bag is for you, go get it fast!

House of Flynn – Garden Floral Evermore

camera bags for women, House of Flynn - Garden Floral Evermore

Price: $229

Size: 15.5” (L) x 12” (H) x 6” (W)

www.houseofflynn.com

Now on to the second in the handbag category for stylish camera bags for women… This is a very popular style of bag in the House of Flynn range, known as the Evermore style bag.

Boasting features such as multiple front pockets padded with zipper or buckle closure to house all your daily essentials such as phone, wallet, keys, and cards (and memory cards), the Garden Floral Evermore is practical yet versatile. A nice stylistic touch is that all front pockets maintain the inner fabric design too.

camera bags for women, House of Flynn - Garden Floral Evermore

The outer material is a water-resistant waxed canvas so easily wipeable – perfect if you are stuck in the rain, or in my case happen to live with clumsy toddlers!

In terms of size, this water resistant camera bag for women covers all your basics and then some. With over four removable Velcro adjustable dividers, you can easily organize at least three lenses alongside your DSLR, including a longer lens such as the 70 – 200 which can fit in easily, even while attached to a DSLR camera body, and still leave room to spare for more gear! Or on a day off from taking photos, simply remove the dividers and use the bag as a standard, but very pretty, everyday use bag!

Unlike the previous bag described, the Garden Floral Evermore has room to house a laptop within the interior compartment which is a nice added bonus.

It’s also worth noting that this particular bag is the desired choice of our very own Cole’s Classroom mentor, Kelly Ács! Kelly loves her House of Flynn bags, although she does explain that this bag can get heavy when full.

Thankfully, House of Flynn has addressed this problem by updating many of their designs with new concealable backstraps! These allow your trusty handbag bag to easily transform into a backpack for ease of carrying, all in the time it takes to unzip. For an example of this new updated style in the camera bags for women category, keep reading!

Compagnon Unique

Price: $359.00

Size: 12″ (H) x 18.1″ (L) x 3.9″ (W)
Weight: 2.6 lbs

www.bhphotovideo.com

The last of my chosen top picks for a handbag comes from a lesser-known, family-owned German manufacturer called Compagnon. The Compagnon Unique bag is the camera bag for you if you want the feel and quality of luxury Italian leather, as this bag is made from pure 100% tanned buffalo leather.

camera bags for women Compagnon Unique

Complete with features such as metal feet to elevate and protect the bag, the removable strap can be adjusted to wear as a cross body bag or under your shoulder, suiting all body shapes and heights. Two rolled leather straps make this bag practical to grab and move around also.

Again, internally this cross body camera bag for women is made up of removable Velcro padded inserts, with the difference being Compagnon features “Prime Velcro velour” which claims to protect your DSLR gear better than nylon or other synthetic materials would, by being more durable and long-lasting.

These features can also be removed to transform your bag from camera bag to everyday bag, although you may struggle to find everyday things to fill this bag with as it’s on the larger side (it could work as a weekend travel bag though!)

camera bags for women Compagnon Unique

The shoulder strap and handles allow for the Compagnon Unique to be carried by hand, over the shoulder or as a messenger style bag, so again proving it’s worth in terms of versatility.

The trapezoid shape of this bag makes it easy to carry your DSLR camera with battery grip and large lens such as the 70-200, plus two more lenses and a few small accessories and gear – while still leaving enough room to store a 13” laptop. Keeping up with the organizational trend, the Compagnon Unique features two zipper interior pockets and several open top padded compartments for your usual necessities or phone, wallet, notepad, etc.

What this bag may lack in terms of being a known brand name, it makes up for in design and workmanship. This is an investment piece – you won’t need or want to go out next year to update your bag from this one. Effortlessly combining looks with comfort and function, the larger price tag reflects the time and love put into crafting this elegant choice in DSLR camera bags for women.

The Messenger

ThinkTank Lily Deanne Mezzo

camera bags for women ThinkTank Lily Deanne Mezzo

Price: $249

Size: 8.5″ (H) x 10″ (L) x 6.3″ (W)
Weight: 2.3 lbs

www.thinktankphoto.com/

First things first – if you’d rather see than read about this great unisex product, Cole from Cole’s Classroom has an awesome unboxing video on this exact bag – if you are a member of Cole’s Classroom Pros just click the following link: Cole’s Unboxing Video – Cole’s Classroom Pros

Not only that, but should this be the camera bag for you, all Cole’s Classroom Pro members can receive a free gift when making a purchase of $50 or more, plus free shipping, when you use the link on the Cole’s Classroom Pro webpage under member discounts – how awesome is that?!

The Think Tank Photo Lily Deanne is the brainchild of two award winning female artists in their fields – Deanne Fitzmaurice, a Pulitzer prize winning photographer and Lily Fisher, an established camera bag designer. Designed for quick access to your DSLR gear with a top flap and wide zipper opening, this is also another example of a bag that doesn’t want to shout out loudly what its contents may be.

Even the loud Velcro opening here is replaced with soft close magnets – perfect when you’re set up in that echo-filled church during a wedding ceremony! Ironically, the beautiful blue interior of the Lily Deanne Mezzo grabs your attention instantly as soon as it reveals its glorious sky blue finish.

The Mezzo is the middle range size from the Lily Deanne range, capable of holding one DSLR camera with a mid range zoom attached, plus two or three lenses alongside a laptop up to 11” stored in its own compartment.

Further pockets for cards, keys, pens, etc. add to the organizational value of the Lily Deanne Mezzo, including expandable ones for a water bottle which is handy to have! More than a water bottle, it’s also designed to fit over a rolling bag’s telescopic handle, making it perfect as a second bag when traveling, and can be adapted by removing the inner Velcro walls to suit your needs as required.

Thinktank are clearly proud of their products, taking their branding and stamping it in a large logo in the centre of the bag – you’ll either love or hate that feature. It’s also worth mentioning the brownie points you’ll get if you chose this bag to deliver as a gift to a loved one– wrapped in tissue paper within an attractive box, the packaging alone reflects the luxury and quality the ThinkTank Lily Deanna Mezzo exudes.

Kelly Moore KATE

camera bags for women Kelly Moore KATE

Price: $199.00

Size: 16″(L) x 5″(W) x 11.5″(H)
Weight: 4 lbs

We couldn’t have a list of top camera bags for women without including the well known and loved stylish camera bags from Kelly Moore bags. This unisex bag is the “Kate” bag from her waxed canvas collection, named after her trusted colleague.

It’s sleek, understated, and attractive – the sand coloured canvas and brown trim displaying this Kelly Moore camera bag’s ability to fit in both in a leisure and professional environment.

camera bags for women Kelly Moore KATE

The relatively large size and shape of the Kelly Moore Kate means that you may be tempted to overfill it (remember Kelly Ács’ issue with her camera bag mentioned above?) so as always with shoulder bags, weight and shoulder strain need to be taken into account.

Realistically, this Kelly Moore camera bag can comfortably carry up to a 10″ lens, a DSLR camera body, flash, phone, batteries, gear and other little accessories. The shape of the camera bag means it can stand upright independently to allow you to grab whatever you need during a shoot easily and effortlessly.

Several zipper pockets adorn this Kelly Moore camera bag, with the main compartment holding the four-section removable padded interior basket (so again this camera bag is versatile enough to be repurposed quickly for another use.)

Additionally, your key essentials such as a wallet and phone can easily be stored close by for easy access, with an extra zipper on the back wall and side pockets for more storage.

More than side pockets, the versatility of the Kelly Moore Kate continues into the use of the straps – a removeable long strap for over the shoulder or cross body carrying is complimented by a shorter grab strap to quickly move and reposition the camera bag during a shoot.

As always, we are looking for a camera bag that covers several uses. This camera bag could easily be an overnight bag, a full-time camera bag or even a day-to-day running around with the kids bag… the opportunities are endless!

Jo Totes Gracie

Price: $119.00

Size: 13″ (H)x 13.25″ (L) x 4.75″ (W)

Weight: 4 lbs

camera bags for women Jo Totes Gracie

www.jototes.com/

My final pick in the shoulder bags category for camera bags for women had to go to the Jo Totes Gracie bag, a popular online gem with plenty of positive reviews and from first look, it’s easy to see why!

With color options ranging from black, butterscotch (a popular choice to go with most outfits!), mint, magenta or marsala, there is one to suit everyone’s tastes. The quality of this camera bag is excellent, even with the faux leather material. It’s a relaxed, casual camera bag that seems to conform to your body as easily as any well-worn handbag would.

A generous seven pockets organized with four removable padded inserts allow you to design the interior space to best suit your needs, from a professional camera bag to well, whatever you need a camera bag for, in seconds!

In terms of space, you can easily hold one DSLR camera, two lenses and maybe a flash too, and still, have room to stick something on the top like a sweater or bag of snacks – doesn’t everyone carry snacks or is this just me?! It also features a small zippered pocket for an iPad or a small tablet – perfect for the modern woman on the go.

camera bags for women Jo Totes Gracie

The pockets on the outside are really handy too, for easy access to items like your phone, keys, notepad, etc. The pocket in the back though is even handier, with a zippered section for maybe your wallet or some cards, and a non-zippered section that to me seemed perfect for business cards or even lens covers – no more sticking a cover in a back pocket or forgetting where you put it down!

This Jo Totes bag looks like a camera bag I would choose to buy anyway as a multi-use shoulder bag, casual enough to take to the shops but smart enough to take to any business meeting or formal event.

The fact it doubles as both functional and practical in the camera bags for women category (again all whilst deceptively disguised as an average women’s handbag) makes this a winner for anyone worried about being a target for thieves out for expensive DSLR camera body and photography gear… this camera bag could just as easily hold lipstick, nappies and a good book.

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The Camera Backpack

We are now edging into the camera bag for women who consider themselves a more heavy-duty photographer. Whether that means filling your camera bag up with all of your DSLR kits to cover all bases on a shoot, or if you are like me and have to juggle lots of things at once, you may find that your camera backpack features dividers for your DSLR camera body and gear, at least two lenses, snacks, nappies, toys, and wipes! 

Whatever it is you choose to put IN your camera backpack, there’s no reason you should have to miss out on looks or funky features. So, after much research, and there were plenty of good options out there, these are my top picks for a backpack to suit every type of woman – whatever your needs may be!

Kelly Moore PILOT

Price: $299.00

Size: 13” (L) x 11.5” (W) x 17” (H)

www.kellymoorebag.com

camera bags for women Kelly Moore PILOT

Another great one from Kelly Moore next – this unisex genuine leather and canvas camera backpack for women will help protect your back and shoulders as much as the DSLR camera body and gear with the adjustable backpack strap while protecting your precious DSLR camera body and gear from the elements.

Those magnetic closures are found here again with a large distressed leather flap opening, combined with a handy drawstring closure to access and secure your kit quickly and easily. The Kelly Moore Pilot is built to be freestanding, leaving both hands free to delve in and retrieve whatever you need – no time is wasted searching and shuffling through a camera bag here. 

The simple tones of this Kelly Moore camera backpack make it easily wearable for men and women alike – with attention to detail such as antique brass hardware and extra padding on the base and sides, this is a sure contender in the stylish stakes.

camera bags for women Kelly Moore PILOTcamera bags for women Kelly Moore PILOT

As with many of the bags listed here, the Kelly Moore Pilot also contains a removable inner basket made up of Velcro dividers. You can use the velcro dividers to easily transform this bag in seconds from a standard camera backpack to a multi-use backpack.

The added extra here is the Velcro “lid” over the camera basket, which when used with the bag, acts as an extra layer of protection so you can store other items directly on top of it, such as clothes, books, and you guessed it…snacks!

This Kelly Moore camera backpack can easily hold a 10” lens, one DSLR camera, flash, gear and several other accessories, with a main compartment for a 15” laptop, and two open and one zippered inside pockets for more gear. There’s also handy memory card holders, with slots to accommodate both CF and SD cards too.

camera bags for women Kelly Moore PILOT

Overall, this Kelly Moore leather camera bag is a must if you are a fan of waxed canvas leather, aren’t afraid of a few scuffs and marks as it ages, and you are looking for a quality, timeless piece to transport your photography camera gear, and all else besides, looking good!

Jo Totes Bellbrook

Size: 15.75″ (H) x 12″ (L) x 6.25″ (W)

$199.00

Weight: 4 lbs

camera bags for women Jo Totes Bellbrook

www.jototes.com/

This next contender in the backpack stakes is modern, sleek, simplistic but oh so clever in design! The Jo Totes Bellbrook backpack is American made and oozes sophistication. Its understated branding, found only on a zipper, add a further stylish element of confidence to this waxed canvas and leather trim backpack.

This Jo Totes camera backpack kind of reminds me of a camera bag you’d take to college with you, or even out for a day sight-seeing. There’s something just so cool about it; it’s boxy design and neutral colors still manage to present a feminine charm. It helps that this Jo Totes camera bag comes in several colors: black, a greyish-blue and olive.

The olive, in particular, seems to work well with the leather trim – although this camera bag like the others can be adapted to become a multi-use bag, there is something much more elegant, business-like and formal than a casual everyday feel here.camera bags for women Jo Totes Bellbrook

In terms of space, you can fit a 15” laptop in one compartment, with the handy side pockets for storage of smaller items. It can easily carry one DSLR camera and two lenses, or one lens and a decent sized flash.

What I love about this seemingly understated backpack though, is the cool little, hidden features! For one thing, this bag comes with a top area which is modifiable for bigger items – always a plus to have control over your own organization.

But secondly, it’s the fact that the DSLR camera gear stashes at the bottom, but just by swinging your camera bag around you can side access it all by using a side access pocket! It’s clear to me that someone has really thought this design through – not having to remove the backpack every time you need to retrieve something is a real plus point here!

The inside of the bag is smooth and soft too – so you know your lenses and camera body and gear are being cared for within! This backpack is ideal if you’re looking for something modern and sleek, with great control over how you use storage, and quick access even while wearing it!

House of Flynn – Blush Fable Floral Evermore

camera bags for women House of Flynn – Blush Fable Floral Evermore

Price: $289.00

Size: 15.5” (L) x 12” (H) x 6” (W)

www.houseofflynn.com

So if you’ve read along with me from the beginning, you’ll know that our very own fabulous mentor at Cole’s Classroom, Kelly Ács, actually owns an Evermore camera bag from House of Flynn (Hers is the Garden Floral design – go back up and reread the details on that one if you need to!). Now, why am I including an Evermore bag under the backpacks heading? No, it’s not that I’ve gone google-eyed with so much camera bag research…. (Though I have now looked at more camera bag for women specs for the purposes of this article than I ever dreamed possible!)

camera bags for women House of Flynn – Blush Fable Floral Evermore

House of Flynn have very wisely looked at what made their Evermore bags great – and there’s a lot – and then looked at where their bags could be made even better. As Kelly explained above, these bags can get heavy when full up, and being a shoulder bag, the Evermore can then become uncomfortable to lug around as all of the weight is on one shoulder.

So, the clever guys down at House of Flynn Headquarters came up with the genius idea of HIDDEN BACKPACK STRAPS! Seriously, I’m a little giddy just thinking about it and mentally working out how long I can really do WITHOUT this bag now they’ve added this awesome feature!

The House of Flynn Blush Floral Evermore combines all three styles of bag listed in this article, as it can be worn as a backpack with concealed straps, carried by the leather handles as a handbag or worn over a shoulder using the detachable shoulder strap – It seems so obvious now I wonder if other camera bag manufacturers are maybe kicking themselves for not thinking of it first?

The new design has many of the same features of its original predecessor – a waxy, water-resistant finish, interior fabric throughout, multiple pockets with magnetic or zipper closures, and the standard clear memory card pockets and padded shoulder strap for that added touch of style.

camera bags for women House of Flynn – Blush Fable Floral Evermore

I really like the print of the Blush Floral bag too – it’s just so darn pretty it makes me happy looking at it! With five pockets to put your DSLR camera and lenses in, all with adjustable and removable dividers, there’s no shortage of space with this bag. A 70-200 lens can fit easily into one of these pockets with plenty of space above it for other things too!

With chunky buckles on the handles and this bag oozes style. A cross body strap is easily removable to transform this camera backpack into a hand bag – again, I think this bag is also perfect as a diaper/change bag or a weekend travel bag too! It’s deep enough to pack your DSLR camera and lenses, plus put your laptop in the section at the back of the bag and STILL have room for some clothes on top!

Now, those brand spanking new straps! They’re surprisingly soft and padded – but yet easily tuck away into a dedicated zipper pocket. So now you have the freedom of not only how you structure the interior of your bag to suit what you’re carrying, but also the freedom to change up how you wear your bag, anytime you want!

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The Not-Even-a-Bag Style!

None of these camera bags for women what you are looking for? Here are two bonus ideas

Jill-e Designs E-Go Bag Insert

camera bags for women Jill-e Designs E-Go Camera Bag Insert

Price: $29.99

Size: 10.5″ (L) x 3.5″ (W) x 6.25″ (H)
Weight: 0.5 lbs

www.jill-e.com

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I know this article is about the best camera bags for women. And I’d like to think you’ve been pretty sold on at least one of the above based on the information you’ve now been given. But if none of these camera bags fit what you are looking for, have you thought about scrapping the whole camera bags for women idea entirely? Honestly, I’m not crazy…. just keep reading!

camera bags for women Jill-e Designs E-Go Camera Bag Insert

The Jill-e Designs Bag isn’t actually a bag. It’s a padded insert. Although it *could* be used as a standalone bag as it has a shoulder strap, that’s not its main selling point here. What it does is that it allows you to easily convert an existing bag you own into a camera bag (so kind of the reverse idea to what most of the bags listed here do).

It’s just a compact, weather-resistant, microfibre case with a padded interior and adjustable dividers. Storage-wise, it will hold a small DSLR camera, one lens, and an accessory such as a battery pack or hard drive. A new pocket inside the top flap can be used to hold cards or batteries too.

Because it is so light, this is a great weather-resistant alternative for someone with a small kit who are as yet unsure of what type of camera bag to go for.

You can simply use this on different types of bags you already own, and then get a feel for what type is going to suit your needs best. At this price point it’s accessible to everyone, so well worth trying out to see if this is the weather-resistant solution you were looking for!

Shootsac Lens Bag

camera bags for women Shootsac Lens Bag

Price – $179.00

Weight: 7oz

www.shootsac.com

If none of the camera bags for women above fit the bill, and even the idea of using a padded insert wasn’t what you had in mind, my last product that I bring to you today is the Shootsac. Not a camera bag. Not a padded insert. It’s a bag JUST for your lenses!

Now I’ve got to admit, I could see the logic in this product. If you are lucky enough to own a couple of lenses, it can be an arduous task to carry them around in whatever bag you choose to own, then retrieve them and swap them over, then repeat the process later on. If shooting something fast-paced such as weddings is your thing, you might even find you don’t walk around with your camera bag either, so the lenses you have on you are the only ones in that moment you can use until you get back to your storage base.

camera bags for women Shootsac Lens Bag

So Shootsac came up with their lens bag: An ultra-light, neoprene bag to wear WHILE you shoot, with three pockets to easily switch over lenses in an instant (and three more pockets they recommend to use for things like water, cards, phone, etc.) It molds to your body, making your lenses feel up to 50% lighter than carrying in a traditional camera bag. I love that it even has an extra clip-on pouch to store your business cards, CF cards and SD cards too!

Personally, I think I might buy this as an add-on to my camera bag, rather than an all-out replacement. But I love the concept, and the range of cute designs it can come in, with interchangeable covers so you can personalize it how you want it!  Shootsac is so confident you will love their product, they even offer a 30-day free trial. If you don’t like it, simply return it within the 30 days for a full refund… so no risk, only possible gain!

As an added bonus, members of Cole’s Classroom Pros can take advantage of a fantastic discounted bundle deal with Shootsac.com.

As a pro member, you can get:

– Basic Shootsac Lens Bag with Black Cover

– Baroque Pocket Cover

– Baroque Flash Card Wallet

This awesome bundle normally has a retail value of $247, but using Cole’s Classroom discount you can make a massive saving by only paying $199! If you are not yet a member of Cole’s Classroom Pros, sign up today to avail of this amazing discount offer and many more besides!

Seriously, courses, tutorials, resources, perks, bonuses, backstage passes, free goods in the mail, competitions, the SUPER supportive Facebook group, pricing reviews, photo critiques, website reviews, online articles like this one… the list is endless! If you AREN’T a member of Cole’s Classroom, but you are into photography enough to be reading this right now, well you know what you need to do! It’s freaking awesome… just sayin’!

How to Choose the Perfect Camera Bag for Women

Whether you want a camera backpack, a cross body bag, or a handbag, they all need to have these features to ensure you can keep your DSLR camera and camera gear safe wherever you go. 

Camera Bag Size 

The camera bag size mainly depends on what you need for a shoot. Consider these questions when determining the size. 

  • Does the main compartment have enough space for one DSLR camera, at least two lenses, and other DSLR camera gear? 
  • Do you have a big DSLR body or a small mirrorless camera?
  • Do you need to bring a laptop or tripod? 

Functionality 

Design refers to the functionality of the camera bag. Several things come into play in terms of functionality. 

  • Do you need a camera bag with a zipper pocket for small items? 
  • Do you prefer a camera bag with a padded interior for extra support?
  • Can you reach the interior pockets and side pockets or zippers even when you’re wearing the bag?
  • Does it have to be water-resistant or not necessarily? 
  • If you need to change camera gear frequently, do you want a removable padded basket for better organization?
  • Can you bring the camera backpack in different situations?  

Design 

Another meaning of design is how you want your camera bag to look in terms of pattern or decorations. Preference for this design can be subjective since some women may prefer something androgynous or girly. Others would want neutral colors, while others like bright, bold palettes.

Strap 

The kind of strap can affect how comfortable you can be wearing a camera bag. For instance, you may find shoulder straps annoying, so you may want to opt for a camera backpack. 

Even if you’re after stylish camera bags, it’s important that the strap can support the size of the main compartment. 

Security Features

As a photographer, you would need to travel to shoots, and you don’t want to risk the safety of your expensive camera gear. Security is a major factor when choosing a camera bag for women as this can give you peace of mind. 

Part of that is ensuring the construction is durable and well-built to sustain falls or scratches. While you would most likely avoid such circumstances, being on the move can sometimes leave you off-guard. 

Another feature is a water-resistant design, which is helpful especially if you want a leather camera bag. Other safety features may include locks, zippers, or extra straps for tripods. 

Value for Money

While everyone’s budget is different, you also have to consider if the price of the camera bag is a good value for your hard-earned money.

The cost usually depends on the construction, workmanship, and number of features. Hence, make sure that you achieve all the things you need in a camera backpack for women within your budget.

Reminders When Choosing a Camera Bag for Women

  • Whatever bag you end up choosing, see it as an investment. An investment in you as a woman and as a photographer. Choose the bag for you that is beautiful, stylish, strong and practical, to remind yourself of all of the things that you are every single day.
  • Choose a bag that matches your taste and wardrobe.
  • Pick a versatile camera backpack that you can use even when you need to pack different kinds of gear for various types of shoots.

Final thoughts

So there you have it – no more excuses for going around with five or six different bags for different uses, or leaving your camera at home because you don’t want to take an “extra” bag. There are so many choices out there for your camera bag – covering every price point and type. 

My choices above reflect what seems to be really popular online at the moment, particularly for women who want to carry a camera bag that reflects their personal lifestyle, that can function as a normal bag when not in use as a camera bag, that can blend in and disguise itself as a normal bag and that gives them the best experience possible while shooting by providing easy access, secure storage and plenty of space. 

And of course, as a mama with two active toddlers, I love that these bags can carry endless snacks… and maybe even a snack for me too every now and again!

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