Lowepro PhotoSport PRO 55L AW III camera backpack review

This Lowepro backpack allows you to head into the hills for days on end with your camera gear and all your hiking essentials

Lowepro PhotoSport PRO AW III review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re camping in the wilds, you can’t skimp on hiking essentials, and the Lowepro PhotoSport PRO AW III doesn’t either. Make no mistake, this feels like a hiking backpack and although the camera compartment is rather modest, you’ll be glad you were forced to leave your tilt-shift and fisheye at home, when you’re walking eight hours a day.


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    Removable camera compartment

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    Room for all your hiking essentials

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    Plenty of customization options

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    Adjustable shoulder-strap height


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    A big investment for a camera bag

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    Same camera storage for 55L and 70L options

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Pro-grade camera bags tend to be tailored towards the specific needs of certain photographers, and the Lowepro PhotoSport PRO AW III has been meticulously designed for multi-day hikes. We tested the 55L variant, but 70L is also available. (Each has options for S-M or M-L straps too.) 

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.