Cute Camera Bags

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I like to take photos. I like my chunky camera. I don’t like my camera bag however – functional but not exactly the prettiest of bags. A quick search made it pretty clear that plenty of women (and fashionable men?) feel the same way – it’s really hard to find a camera bag that has the desired balance of form and function.

So, my dream camera bag would:

  • look like a handbag/tote/messenger bag rather than a camera bag
  • not scream “I’m a camera bag, steal me with all of my expensive equipment and precious memories!”
  • be able to hold my DSLR with one lens attached, plus at least one lens
  • pockets for memory cards, remotes, spare battery
  • pockets for keys, wallet, phone, tissues, lip balm, sunglasses
  • comfortable to carry when full of the above items

Inspired by Camille’s post some time ago, I decided to hunt around for my dream bag. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

1: Small Yellow Nylon Camera Bag by Jill-E

I have to admit, I almost went ahead and just bought this one straight away without looking at other options. It satisfies most of my criteria, although from reviews around the net I’m not sure that it’s the most comfortable bag to carry around for long periods. The yellow isn’t really for everyone, but it does come in a few other colours and fabrics – including actual leather, which most of these ‘stylish’ camera bags seem to forgo. I love that it has lots of pockets for all those little bits and pieces, but not completely sold on the style.

2: Classic bag by Kelly Moore

This one looks more like a standard, inoffensive handbag that most women wouldn’t mind carrying, and doesn’t look anything like a camera bag at all. It’s not real leather but it is waterproof, which would stop me shrieking and hugging my camera bag close to my body when it starts to rain. It fits even more stuff than I need it to as well as lots of pockets. It is definitely on the pricier side though, and the popular colours are currently sold out.

3: Scarlet by Jo Totes

Positives: it’s red. And it’s the cheapest of the bags that I actually like. According to the photo on the site, it holds everything I need it to PLUS TWO APPLES, which is nice. It does however only have one pocket, on the interior, and again I’m not completely sold on the style.

4: Lola by Epiphanie

I think this is definitely the prettiest one of the bunch – and there’s some other really nice designs in the same store. Once again it holds everything, has a few pockets, is water resistant. I wasn’t sure the short straps would be comfortable for longer hauls, but it comes with a detachable longer strap. Also it’s red. The only thing holding me back at this stage is the price.

5: Removeable Photo Insert by Tenba

Okay yes, it isn’t a bag. But in combination with a decent bag it could be a cheaper and more customisable alternative. I’m not sure how well this would fit into handbags, but it looks like it would definitely go nicely into a regular messenger bag. I suppose you would want it to fit snugly or attach it to the inside of the bag somehow, as with the way I sling around my bags there’s a danger of the whole thing falling out into a painfully expensive mess.

At this point I’m still somewhat undecided… any suggestions or recommendations?


  1. Might be a simplistic comment, but have you looked in Sportsgirl? They have really nice big and chunky affordable bags (similar to number 4) and some are leather.

  2. I think my main concern is having enough padding to make sure the gear is safe even if it takes a few knocks and falls. I’m considering getting a nice chunky bag and using the padded insert (#5), but still a bit concerned about it falling out or rolling around in the bag!

  3. Just came across your site while searching for a bag for myself. One thing I’d mention–I think you’d be pleased with Jo Totes’ new styles (which just came out yesterday).

  4. Re: Sportsgirl comment, that wouldn’t be a good idea, as you already said Teresa you definitely need the appropriate padding and Sportsgirl bags break in places and aren’t really as good quality as they should be (I say this because I have so very often bought from that store).

    Glad you liked my camera bags post! I got that yellow Jill-E bag for Christmas, and whilst it’s great for taking out to special occasions etc because it looks nice, the straps often cut into my shoulders and it becomes hard to carry because my gear is so heavy (but that’s probably something you’d find with most ‘disguised camera bags’).

    I’m looking to get a second ‘disguised camera bag’ soon, provided I have money. That Kelly Moore one looks good!

  5. I’ve just bought one of the new Jo Totes bags (Rose in teal), so will report back on how it goes! I’m really hoping that it’s comfortable enough to carry, although like you said it’s probably something which is sacrificed for the look.

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