The perfect purse or bag is different for everyone. The big and wide bags with handles are for those who spend their weekends running important errands but always end up treating themselves to something new. The classic clutch or mini bag is for those who don’t need their entire bathroom counter along for the ride; a wallet, lip gloss, and emergency cash will do. The mini backpack or crossbody bag is for those who need both hands free for grabbing samples and hauling a pile of clothes to the fitting room. And then there are those who want a combination of bags, because, why not? If there is such a thing as the universal catch-all bag, it would have to be the stylish camera bag.
Its appeal is its size. The camera bag is small enough to carry anywhere without feeling bothersome, but it's large enough to fit all of the essentials one wouldn’t want to leave at home, and then some. Plus, if the name didn’t give it away, you could even throw a camera in there too, though that isn’t its sole purpose—the ”camera” moniker is simply a reference to its shape.
How We Found The Best Camera Style Bags
Our Top 10 list is a mashup of the best fashion camera bags, including designer camera bags and cool camera bags that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Our proprietary algorithm takes the frustration out of shopping by using a point system that chooses, scores, and ranks products against a stream of shopping data—think expert recommendations, social media buzz, editor reviews, and more. Ahead, shop the camera bags that made the cut and see why shoppers love them.
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Lululemon Crossbody Camera Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: Constantly on the move? This bag is made of water-repellent fabric and comes with an adjustable strap, so it can survive everything from a casual night out to a camping trip where rain might be in the forecast. Both of the dual compartments are enclosed with wide zippers for storing things in an easy and secure fashion.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Reviewers say the neutral color options make it a versatile accessory.
Universal Thread Camera Crossbody Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: This camera-shaped bag makes the most of its space with a main compartment and multiple pockets. The color-blocked adjustable straps are also removable.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Shoppers looking for something that can be worn everyday with a multitude of outfits should choose the black option.
Quince Italian Leather Crossbody Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: This luxurious crossbody bag was made with care—and Italian top grain calfskin leather—in Florence, Italy. Because of the material, keeping it clean and in tip-top shape requires just a small amount of water and light hands.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The inside is lined with canvas, a material that can better handle spills and stains.
Clare V. Midi Sac Leather Crossbody Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: Only the boldest shoppers will get a kick out of this crossbody bag, accented with a gold zipper closure and strap. This one is also made from leather but sourced from goatskin.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The straps are also removable.
Saint Laurent Mini Lou Pebbled Leather Camera Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: The pebbled effect on this luxury leather bag gives it a reflective, multidimensional feel that's hard to look away from. Combined with the tassel accent and chain leather strap, it’s undoubtedly a show-stopper yet incredibly versatile since it comes in black.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The interior houses slots for credit cards.
Gucci Soho Disco Leather Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: It doesn’t get more iconic and stylish than the classic Gucci logo on this understated camera bag. As it’s made with high-quality leather, extra care should be taken. For example, preserve the leather by not over-exposing it to heat or rain.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The cotton linen-lined interior includes a phone pocket.
Tory Burch Perry Bombe Leather Crossbody Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: This camera bag is on the smaller side, but with exterior and interior pockets, it still manages to hold an impressive amount of things. Shoppers prone to losing things will also appreciate the double zipper closure on top.
A RAVE REVIEW: “This is the perfect size bag for me! It’s casual but can be dressed up too. It fits all my necessities like my phone, keys, and wallet.”
Leatherology Meadow Double Zip Camera Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: This leather camera bag is ideal for gifting, as it can be personalized with initials or varying adjustable straps and comes in a wide range of colors. It’s also sized to handle an iPhone, wallet, and other small essentials without feeling too stuffed.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Shades may vary depending on which part of the hide the leather is sourced from.
Marc Jacobs Snapshot Crossbody Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: There’s nothing subtle about the gold hardware logo, multi-colored strap, and shiny leather on this compact designer bag. The best part? The wide back pocket that can be easily grasped if you want to use it as a clutch without the straps.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Reviewers recommend this smaller bag for shoppers who only need room for the most basic, on-the-go essentials.
Madewell The Transport Camera Bag
WHY SHOPPERS LOVE IT: This best-selling bag is loved for its unique vegetable-tanned leather and customization options that allow shoppers to choose between multiple straps. They come in different lengths and patterns, from leopard print to classic leather.
USER REVIEW: “Not every small crossbody bag is functional or comfortable. This bag checks every must! It's lightweight, a generous size to fit my phone and other mom necessities while still maintaining its small bag title. The inside and outside pockets are great for keeping organized. The interchangeable, adjustable straps allow you to dress up and down and add your own flare."