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Best camera bags for women in 2021

Best camera bags for women
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The best camera bags for women won't all look the same – some may require an ergonomic way to carry heavy camera gear through dramatic vistas, others might simply be in need of a discrete way to disguise expensive camera kit with a stylish bag. 

If you're a female travel, landscape or wildlife photographer, you may have found that many of the best camera bags don't quite fit comfortably. If you've ever stepped foot in a hiking store, you'll have noticed that rucksacks are divided into separate sections for men and women. This is because bags for women will feature a design that's suited for the female physique, with straps placed in slightly different places for better comfort. While there might not be the same level of customization in the camera bag industry, there are still some models that are better suited to female figure. 

Alternatively, if you're a female photographer that often finds yourself traveling through busy cities, you might want to disguise the fact that you're carrying thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment. Luckily, there are plenty of stylish bags that feature hidden camera compartments inside. 

To help you find the best camera bags for women, we've split this guide into two sections: ergonomic camera bags for women and stylish camera bags for women. 

Best camera bags for women in 2021

Ergonomic camera bags for women

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01. Vanguard VEO Select 46BR Backpack

This is the best ergonomic camera bag for women

Laptop compartment: 13" laptop
Tripod holder: Yes
Color: Black / Green
Reasons to buy
+Slim and compact+Side access for kit
Reasons to avoid
-Photographers might struggle to fit multiple cameras

This slim rear access backpack could be perfect for photographers who bring plenty of kit to their shoots. Featuring the capacity for a DSLR or mirrorless camera, six to seven lenses, a flash unit, a 13" laptop, a travel tripod and accessories, the VEO Select 46BR BK is a great choice for those who always find themselves longing for more space for lenses. However, it's worth pointing out that if you tend to shoot with dual cameras, then you might struggle for space. 

This backpack features multiple access points, including at the side, rear or top. This means that you should be able to quickly access your kit while also ensuring that it remain secure while you're on the move. 

Usefully, this backpack model features adjustable chest straps, making them a great option for the best camera bags for women. This means that you can change where the chest straps sit in order to make them more comfortable. 

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02. Peak Design Everyday Backpack

The best option with adjustable straps for ensuring user comfort

Laptop compartment: 16" laptop and 11" tablet
Tripod holder: Yes
Color: Black, Charcoal
Reasons to buy
+Holds two DSLR bodies+Can carry 16" laptop
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof

This 30 liter backpack from Peak Design is capable of holding up to two full frame DSLR bodies and between three to six lenses. It also has a dedicated laptop sleeve that can hold a 16" laptop and an 11" tablet as well. Meanwhile, there are three Flexfold touch fastening dividers that can be configured to create cubbies and pass-throughs – perfect for those who like the flexibility of designing how their camera bag is arranged. 

There are dual exterior side pockets and a compression strap that enables you to carry a tripod, umbrella or water bottle. Meanwhile, adjustable backpack straps and an adjustable sternum strap means that users are able to configure the bag for their comfort. 

For those who find themselves often carrying a lot of gear, the Maglatch system enables the bag to expand. Plus, multiple zippered and slip pockets provide both quick access and organization. 

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03. Peak Design Travel Backpack

The best camera bag for women that need lots of space

Laptop compartment: 15" laptop and 10" tablet
Tripod holder: Yes
Color: Black, Sage
Reasons to buy
+Can expand to 45L+Compartments for clothes, laptop, gear and more
Reasons to avoid
-Might be a little large for some users

If you're a travel photographer or content creator that doesn't like to carry multiple bags, the Peak Design Travel Backpack is a great way to carry your camera gear, laptop, accessories and clothes all in one. The expansion zippers along the main compartment enables this backpack to increase from 30L to 45L, giving users plenty of space for their belongings. 

Meanwhile, a zippered partition system within the main compartment can form optional front and back sections. There are also compartments that are designed to store camera and video equipments – plus internal pockets for both a 15" laptop and a 10" tablet. Meanwhile, there are hidden side pockets for items such as a passport or phone.

Users will benefit from adjustable shoulder straps, sternum strap and a waist belt that will transfer weight onto the hips for additional comfort. It also has a luggage tag holder that's perfect for users who frequently travel. 

Stylish camera bags for women

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04. Peak Design Everyday Totepack

The best compromise between style and capacity

Laptop compartment: 15" laptop, 9.7" tablet
Tripod holder: Yes
Colors: Bone, Black
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof canvas shell+Stylish exterior
Reasons to avoid
-Might not suit photographers with large amounts of kit

If you're after a camera bag that doesn't necessarily look like a camera bag, then this might be the option for you. Featuring a weatherproof 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas shell, this "Totepack" has a wide top access that can be quickly closed with a magnetic clasp. The roll-top design also means that you can add 5L of space, giving you up to a 25L capacity. Meanwhile, dual side zips also ensure instant internal access to both sides of the bag. 

With the capacity for a mirrorless camera and up to four or five lenses (or a DSLR camera and up to two or three lenses), this backpack might not be a great option for those with lots of gear. However, if you're heading out for a casual shoot with minimal kit, then this might work nicely. There are even two stowable external carry straps that can carry bulky items such as tripods or jackets. 

Usefully, this bag features both tuck-away shoulder straps and built-in carry handles, which means that it can function as either a backpack or a tote bag. 

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05. Kattee Leather Canvas Camera Bag

The best stylish camera bag for women

Laptop compartment: No
Tripod holder: No
Colors: Black, Army Green-Brown, Blue, Dark Gray, Khaki, Light Green
Reasons to buy
+Stylish+Doesn't look like a camera bag
Reasons to avoid
-Won't hold much kit

If you're looking for a truly discreet camera bag, then this leather and canvas messenger bag could be just the ticket. Designed to hold DSLRs, this bag features self-adhering padded dividers that can be individually customized by the user. It also features additional pockets for accessories such as memory cards, smartphones, business cards and more. 

When used as a camera bag, it has space for a small camera and two smaller lenses. However, it can also be converted into an everyday messenger bag that has plenty of room for notebooks and a smaller tablet or Chromebook

While this isn't going to be the most ergonomic option for photographers, it will definitely help disguise the fact that you're carrying around expensive equipment – which can be an important factor if you often shoot late at night or in busy cities. 

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06. Leftover Studio Leather Camera Bag

The best leather camera bag for women

Laptop compartment: Yes
Tripod holder: No
Colors: Black, Brown
Reasons to buy
+Natural leather+Room for a laptop
Reasons to avoid
-Not much room inside

Featuring what is promised to be genuine top grain cow leather, this messenger bag-style camera bag from Leftover Studio is a great option for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Not only does the rustic leather finish look fantastic, but it should also be a durable option that could last years. 

In addition to a padded storage caddy with three movable sections, this camera bag also features a full divided section that can fit a 13" laptop or tablet. It also features a large pocket on the front and two zippered pockets – one inside and one on the back for easy access. The bag features a carry handle on the top and a removable leather strap with a shoulder comfort pad that can be adjusted. 

This bag should be able to hold a small camera and a couple of lenses, so it's perfect for casual shoots. However, if you're planning on bringing more kit – or a tripod – then you might want to look elsewhere. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.