With space for your camera kit and daily essentials, these packs have it all
We rate and compare six camera daypacks that'll hold your camera kit and your everyday essentials
It’s not as if there’s a shortage of ways to carry your beloved Nikon and lenses, but when you’re heading out on a day-long landscape shoot (see this issue’s Apprentice feature, page 8) you need somewhere for your lunch, a raincoat and the occasional snack. That’s where a daypack comes into its own, offering a conventional camera compartment paired with a large open space for a full-size laptop and your day’s other essentials.
Of course, with only around half the bag set aside for camera kit, if you opt for a daypack you’ll need to be selective with your choice of lenses. Fat full-frame optics will also be a squeeze, but outside there’ll usually be handy mounting points for a tripod, plus pockets for small accessories.
And though camera storage may be slightly compromised, comfort certainly shouldn’t be. You’ll find all six of our bags boast thickly-padded shoulder straps, and most have equally comfortable back padding. Hiker-focused designs even feature a suspended back panel to create a cooling air gap.