Best camera backpack: 10 tested

Best photography backpack 10 tested

Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW - £80/$120

One of the newest backpacks in Lowepro's well respected range, the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW is a split camera bag and daypack. The upper section is capacious, with some useful organiser pockets and a removable soft pouch for stashing battery chargers and for organising cables.

Down below, there's quick side access to your DSLR and whichever lens is currently attached. Open the flap fully and you can reach in to grab three additional lenses and a flashgun. But the flashgun section is very slimline, only suitable for a bounce-type model with its head in the upright position, so you can't fit in an extra lens instead.

By removing the central divider, you can just squeeze in a body with a chunky 70-200mm f/2.8 lens fitted, but there's only enough depth for separate lenses of up to 70-300mm f/4-5.6 in size.

As with most of Lowepro's 'AW' bags, a waterproof rain cover extends from the bottom of the bag. Even without using this, the bag is very shower-resistant. A tripod carrying system comes fitted on the side and, unlike many other backpacks, the laptop compartment can accommodate a 15.6-inch widescreen model. It's a top-quality item, comfy to carry and great value at the price.

Score: 4.5/5