I received the OneMo Camera Backpack complementary from PGYTECH to write this review. All opinions below are my own. This article contains affiliate links.
I’m always looking for a good back to carry around while day-hiking, which is how I capture most of my nature photography. I live in a beautiful part of the US and love to photographing waterfalls, nature, and anything beautiful I can find. When PGYTECH contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing their bag, I was definitely interested! The bag had some unique qualities and it looked like a good fit for my type of work.
When I first got the bag I was very impressed by its look and feel, particularly the fabric choices. It is sturdy without being overly stiff, which is ideal for a backpack that will be taken on-and-off to swap out lenses. Like most bags, it comes in black, but I also really like that it has the option of camo. This helps make the bag look less like a camera bag, which is nice when you are carrying around a lot of expensive gear.
The bag has three places where you can access gear: through the back, as well as through side pockets. Opening up through the back works well when you need to access all of the gear. I also like how the shoulder straps are connected to the back where the back is opened, which means they won’t get in the way when you are trying to organize your gear.
Front of the bag.
Side-access openings with zippers.
Side-pocket and additional accessory storage.
Back of the bag (shoulder straps).
It also has side pockets for quick access to accessories and anything else in your bag. This works well when you don’t want to expose all of the contents in your bag to the environment, as well as if you are in a tight space and don’t have room to open it up completely, or if you just want to grab something quickly, such as a battery or other accessory.
This bag has a really good feel to it, and I love the color. Even the compartment separators are sturdy, and I really like how the middle compartment is connected by more than just velcro. This allows you to confidently place heavier objects in the top part (such as a larger lens) without worrying that it will crush anything in the lower compartments. I also like that the interior is unique, a dark green/turquoise color. It has a lot of great places to stash small accessories and also makes them easy to access. I particularly liked the battery compartments, and the red/green toggles so you can know at a glance if the battery is charged or used.
Interior view (empty).
Interior view (with gear).
Side access storage.
Laptop storage (this shows a 13″ MacBook Pro).
Small pouch on shoulder strap.
Top view, expandable storage in front.
Top view, expandable storage in front.
Side pouch, good for a water bottle or small tripod.
Side pocket for accessories.
The bag also comes with a rain cover, tucked away at the bottom of the bag. However, the materials are water-resistant so they will not absorb water, so you might not need the rain cover at all! It is also easy to carry with three handles: top, back, and side. And the zippers come with a small loop that helps prevent theft (the zipper cannot be easily unzipped by a thief).
Bag with rain-cover attached.
There is also a removable pouch with an included strap that will work as a separate messenger-style bag. It’s boxy, but has a lot of room for storing a camera + lens, or a drone, and also has expandable compartment at the top for additional items. This might work well if you are traveling and want a separate and smaller bag to carry on small day trips while still carrying a lot more gear in the larger backpack.
Removable pouch (in backpack).
Removable pouch top view.
Removable pouch (front view).
Removable pouch with expanded top (front view).
Pros and Cons
No camera bag is perfect, and while this bag checks a lot of boxes, I wanted to list all of the pros and cons to make your bag-buying decision easier.
- Easy access of gear through multiple locations
- Lots of pockets for small storage
- Shoulder straps are connected to the opening flap so they don’t get in the way when accessing gear from the back
- Battery pouches with toggles so you know if the battery is charged
- Beautiful design and high-quality materials
- Water-resistant materials (but it comes with a rain cover for heavy rain)
- Lots of handles for easy carrying around when not on your back
- No sturdy waist strap
- No easy tripod attachment. The side pocket would work, but could likely only hold a small/compact tripod and you cannot fit a water bottle (or anything else) in the pouch if you use it for a tripod. I tried attaching it to the back, but it moved around more than I would have preferred.
Who is this bag for?
Everyone’s style is different, but I would recommend this bag for the following photography situations:
- Photographing on the street, whether it is local or travel
- Short hikes for handheld photography
- Drone photography
- Local trips to carry camera gear
If you are looking for a very nice and sturdy bag with lots of smart storage, then I highly recommend this bag. It’s great if you plan on shooting handheld (or with a compact tripod) and need to access your items quickly through the side-access pockets. It’s also a great camera bag for drone photographers since it comes with a separate pouch to safely store and transport the drone and other items.
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