What is the best small camera bag?
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to camera bags. Quite often a small but perfectly formed camera bag is a better option for your photography adventures rather than a big bulky backpack.
Small camera bags are a great option for short excursions or when you’re travelling in cramped spaces like the subway.
You may need to make some sacrifices on what to take with you. Typically small bags will accommodate a single camera body and one or two lenses.
Compact Camera Backpacks
A compact camera backpack is simply a smaller version of a full size camera backpack. It will have a smaller profile and usually be slightly thinner and shallower than their bigger brothers.
Other than that, they have all the usual features of a camera backpack, great padding, good harness and straps and plenty of pockets and storage.
Many compact camera bags can also accommodate a laptop, just check the size it can fit in advance if that is an important feature for you.
The Langly Alpha Compact is a great example of a compact camera bag.
Cross Body Camera Bags
A cross body camera bag is a bit like a messenger bag. It’s worn over the shoulder and across the body (hence the name). Although limited room inside they are still capable of holding a body and a couple of lenses plus your odds and ends.
One of the great advantages of a cross body camera bag is the easy access. Just swing it around your front and your equipment is right there ready to go. No need to take off your backpack, unzip and rummage around etc.
The most compact option by far is a camera sling. A camera sling is much like a slightly oversized fanny pack that goes over your shoulder and around your body. It’s a great option if you’re really travelling light and just need the one body and lens (plus a few accessories). Just like a cross body it provides easy and quick access when needed.