Matador Camera Base Layer review

The Matador Camera Base Layer is lightweight and protective shell for a mirrorless or compact DSLR for travel and outdoor photography

Matador Camera Base Layer
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Perfect for anyone after some weatherproofing for a compact DSLR or mirrorless camera, Matador’s clever Camera Base Layer is well constructed and offers plenty of options. It’s not going to help in high-impact scenarios – only bad weather – and it won’t fit full-frame DSLRs or telephoto lenses. Capable of adjusting to various smaller lens sizes and with an effective waterproof mode, the lightweight Camera Base Layer will appeal mostly to travel and outdoor photographers looking to cut down on gear without having to sacrifice on weather-proofing.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Integrated dry-bag

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    Easy to pack for long trips


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    Basic protection only

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    Doesn’t fit full-frame DSLRs

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    Won’t fit long telephoto lenses

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    Can’t hold many accessories

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Does your camera need a waterproof shell? So often made from tough and unwieldy ballistic nylon, holster-style camera cases can often be clumsy and difficult to pack for a long trip. Cue this versatile and highly packable protective sleeve from ultralight adventure travel gear brand Matador.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.