If you're going to splash the cash on a dedicated digital camera rather than relying on the snaps that your smartphone takes, then you want to make sure that your device is kept snug and safe while you're on your travels - which is where these camera bags come in. We've picked bags in a range of sizes and styles, but if you had to push us for an overall winner, we'd suggest the new kid on the block, the Peak Design Everyday Messenger.
How to choose the best designer camera bag for you
The best camera bag for you is of course dictated by the type of camera you have, as well as the number of accessories you like to carry around with you. Before you can check capacity, materials and style, you need to make sure a bag is going to work with whatever camera you've bought.
There's no one bag that fits every need, but think about the other luggage you'll be taking with you, what you want to carry in terms of lenses, spare batteries and so on, and the rather important factor of how much you want to spend. It may be that you need more than one bag for different types of shoots, if your budget can stretch.
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The 10 best designer camera bags you can buy today
1. Peak Design Everyday Messenger
Not just for photography gear
This is a Kickstarter success story, and you can see why so many people were tempted to back the crowdfunding drive: stylish looks, premium materials, a magnetic closing system, and a high level of quality all round. It's easy to get in and out of too, which is important.
You don't have to be a photographer to make use of the Everyday Messenger, though it's certainly suitable for those lugging cameras and lenses around. For something a bit more spacious, upgrade to the Everyday Backpack, although you do get a surprising amount of room inside this bag too, and it comes in several sizes.
2. ONA Brooklyn Bag
Old-school looks, modern interior
For that classic 1940s school bag look, this full-grain leather camera bag can take care of a DSLR camera with an attached lens, together with up to three additional lenses (or similarly sized accessories). It's perfect for a quick city snapping session, but maybe not ideal for a longer trip where multiple cameras are required.
The old-school locking mechanism keeps your camera safe but can be released quickly, while the smaller pouches on the outside can be used for whatever else you happen to be carrying, as long as it's small. There's a slit pocket too, suitable for a tablet .
3. FeatherTouch Genuine Leather Camera Bag
Attractively finished at an attractive price
You can buy this bag in a variety of styles and configurations, but they all come in genuine cow leather, handcrafted for that vintage style. The fittings and buckles are made of brass, and the extra zips give the whole bag a feeling of durability.
Inside the bag is a four-part divider attachment which you can use to keep your camera and lenses snug, or remove altogether, and the oiled finish should be enough to keep out all but the harshest of weather conditions. Another good all-round, flexible choice.
4. Billingham Hadley Pro Canvas Bag
Simple but versatile
Respectably priced, stylishly finished, and with fully adjustable shoulder sling, the Billingham Hadley Pro Canvas Bag has a lot going for it. It's versatile too, with a removable insert and dividers so you can change up the interior to suit each shoot. You can get the bag in black and tan.
For those maps, manuals and tickets, you can make use of the waterproof back pocket, which seals with a zip, and it's thin and light too - at least until you start stuffing camera equipment into it. We could only spot one minor downside: you need to pay extra for the strap shoulder pad.
5. Evecase Premium Vintage Canvas Bag
Plenty of space, plenty of style
More bulky than some people will be comfortable with, but the Evecase Premium can shift a serious amount of camera gear for you when you're out and about. It's durable too, with an additional rain cover for those times when the weather gets seriously bad.
As well as room for a DSLR camera, two or three lenses, a flash and accessories, there's also space to slide in a tablet or laptop here, (up to 14 inches in size). When you're not carrying your camera kit you can remove the interior compartments and use the bag as a normal messenger satchel instead.
6. Koolertron Canvas Rucksack Bag
For as much as you can carry on your back
If you want to maximise the amount of space you've got to work with while on your travels, then a backpack is the answer, and the Koolertron Canvas Rucksack Bag is one of our favourites based on what we've seen: it's versatile, it's spacious, it's affordable, and it looks rather nice too.
Made of pure cotton canvas, the bag is both durable and waterproof, with an interior that'll treat your camera and its accessories with the utmost respect. The rucksack actually splits into two compartments, with the lower half for your camera and main gear, with the top half for everything else.
7. Tenba Cooper
Spacious and secure
Another great messenger-style bag with plenty of flexibility as well as space for your stuff, the Tena Cooper is available in several sizes and has all the padding and protection you could need. There's room for a camera, up to four lenses, and a flash inside the "15" version of this bag.
Velcro and zips make up the majority of the fastenings, which means the bag is both secure against accidental drops and yet easy to open if you need to get at your gear quickly. Extra pouches give you room for cables, and there's a rain cover to keep the elements out.
8. Aquapac 21 Medium Stormproof Pouch
Keeping the water out
If waterproofing is your main aim, then the Aquapac 21 Medium Stormproof Pouch - or a differently sized alternative from the same range - should be somewhere on your shortlist. It may not be quite as stylish as some of the others, but this small, padded waterproof camera pouch comes with an adjustable belt, perfect for camping, adventure sports or muddy festivals.
Because it's small, it's portable too, so you can easily sling it into a bigger bag, safe in the knowledge that if your tent floods, your camera's safe. Just make sure you buy the right size for your make and model of camera.
9. Y-Double Portable Waterproof Profession Canvas
Good looks at the right price
Not only is this one of the best-looking designer camera bags we've come across, it's also very adaptable and very affordable too. As well as the main compartment, you also get a padded laptop sleeve, two slip pockets, one inner zip pocket, two front slip pockets and two pen holders, so there's plenty of room.
The inner compartments can be adjusted to suit your needs, the outer material is hard-wearing, and if you shop around you can find the bag in a variety of colours as well. It's only for smaller bits of kit though, so check the specifications carefully.
10. Peli 1514
The ultimate in protection
If you value camera protection more than portability, and you're happy to lug around a large case if it means your camera's kept safe, then consider the Peli 1514: protected against shocks, water, dust and just about everything else, and the right size for carry-on luggage (though check with your airline).
There's tons of room for your camera, your lens, and a bunch of other stuff, and the stainless steel wheels mean you can trundle it around the most unforgiving of urban environments. Of course a case like this is overkill for some, but for those major shoots where protection is paramount, it's ideal.
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