LowePro Adventura BP 150 III review

The LowePro Adventura BP 150 III is the opposite of a pro backpack, and that’s actually a GOOD thing

5 Star Rating
LowePro Adventura BP 150 III
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

You don’t have to get the biggest and best of everything. That applies just as much to camera bags as it does cameras. What you need is a bag that’s right for the job, and the LowePro Adventura BP 150 III could be that bag. It has space for a camera and lenses, straps for a tripod, and pockets and a compartment for documents and other belongings. It’s well padded, easily configured, doesn’t catch on stuff and can push easily into smaller spaces. It doesn't get its 5-star rating for capacity or quality, but for its value, simplicity and size.


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    Slim on your back

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    No dangling straps to catch and snag

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    Packs a camera and 3-4 lenses

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    Attachments for a small tripod

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    Low price for a backpack


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    Tablet sleeve but not laptop

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    Materials feel cheap-ish

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The LowePro Adventura BP 150 III doesn’t hold a lot, it’s not especially adaptable and it’s not expensively made. And it could be just what you need.

Camera backpacks don’t have to be huge and ungainly. If you’re trekking across Antarctica you’ll want to take a lot of kit and expedition gear, but if you’re taking a weekend city break or a day out, you won’t need all that. Big backpacks are a nightmare on buses, trams and trains, and dangling straps, waist belts and carabiners will get caught on every door, luggage trolley and passer-by. That’s where a more modest backpack like the LowePro Adventura BP 150 III makes a lot of sense.

It might not be the toughest, biggest and most advanced camera backpack – quite the opposite – but it deserved to be considered one of the best camera backpacks for travellers and urban explorers, if not one of the best camera bags all round for smaller camera kits.


Weight: 1.66kg
Total Volume: 11L
Internal Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 38cm
External Dimensions: 26 x 18 x 42cm
Camera Compartment: 22 x 12 x 20cm
Front Compartment: 21 x 1 x 17cm
Top Compartment: 24 x 12 x 15: cm
Tablet Compartment: 22 x 1 x 30 cm
Exterior Material: 1680D ballistic polyester, 600D polyester
Interior Material: 200D polyester

Key features

The camera compartment has enough space for our A7R II with lens attached, three other lenses and a charger. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

The smaller top compartment can be used for a coat or other belongings – or more camera gear. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

Inside the top compartment there's a sleeve for a 10-inch tablet. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

This is the smaller of two backpacks in the LowePro Adventura range – the other is the Adventura BP 300 III, which is only a little more expensive but holds more gear. However, the appeal of the BP 150 III tested here is its profile and its portability and practicality while travelling.

It’s designed to be light and rugged, and its made of 82% recycled materials, so it’s good both for your conscience and your back. It’s a bag of two halves with a lower camera compartment with re-configurable dividers, and a smaller upper compartment where you could stow clothing, maps, belongings or whatever – though it’s also padded, so you could put a camera here for faster access and leave more space in the lower part for more lenses, another body, a drone etc.

Lowepro says the main compartment can fit a crop-sensor mirrorless camera with lens fitted, plus 2-3 extra lenses and/or accessories. Access to the lower compartment is from the back and you reach the upper compartment from the top.

There are elasticated pockets on either side for stowing a water bottle, say, or a small travel tripod – there’s an upper restraining strap on one side. On the front is a zippered pocket which could be handy for passports, other travel documents or keys, while inside the top compartment is a slide-in pocket for a 10-inch tablet an an open elasticated pocket which could be handy for cables or power banks.

Build and handling

There's a side pocket for the feet of a tripod and a strap higher up to hold it in place. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

There are two shoulder straps and that's it. The Adventura BP 150 is quick to slip on and off and has no dangling straps or waist belts to snag on things. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

The Adventura BP 150 III doesn’t have a very expensive feel, but that’s fine because it’s not a very expensive bag. It does feel durable, it’s well padded and it holds its shape well, so it’s perfect for public transport, pushing under seats and generally not getting in the way

Lowepro says it’s designed for crop sensor cameras but I think that’s doing it a disservice – my Sony A7R II and bulky 24-105mm f/4 slid in just fine, along with my Zeiss 16-35mm f/4, a couple of Sigma primes and a charger. The dividers are easy to move around and nicely padded, and it didn’t take long to redesign the main compartment around my kit.

Or I might just put the A7R II/24-105mm in the top compartment and leave more space in the base for my Mavic Mini and controller.

The tripod holder is great to have, and the top strap will keep your tripod nicely anchored. Getting more than a single leg into the lower pocket could be a struggle, though, and any tripod longer than 40cm in folded length is going to stick out at the top rather. A Peak Design Travel Tripod would fit perfectly, as would a smaller Vanguard VEO, say. The Ulanzi F38 travel tripod I tried it with was probably as big as I’d care to go. With a tripod attached, the zipper for the top compartment is harder to operate unless you do it up from the other side, but that's hardly a big issue.

The capacity of the Adventura BP 150 III is limited, which means it’s never going to weigh a lot even when fully packed, so it’s easy to slide on and off and doesn’t need the extra support of a waist belt, which makes it simpler still.


(Image credit: Rod Lawton)

With camera backpacks it’s easy to overthink, over-spend, and over-pack, which is why the Adventura BP 150 III is so appealing. If you’re into sports and wildlife, you’ll need a bigger bag just for the lenses, but if you’re shooting travel, portraits and landscapes and you like to travel fairly light (as I do), then the Adventura BP 150 III is big enough.

Better still, it’s simple to pack, put on and take off, takes up little space on your back and isn’t festooned with belts, straps and buckles to catch on everything you squeeze past. There’s room in the world for big backpacks (and boy, do they need room), but there’s (even more) room for small, straightforward and affordable backpacks like this one.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com