I recently went on holiday – “vacation” for you Americans – with the family and decided to take my action camera, mini tripod and some batteries. My main camera bag was far too big and they’d never let me on any rides with it. So instead I took my gimbal bag with me. Sadly, it was a little too small for my needs. So I’ve decided to explore other options. Luckily, I came across a Waterfly cross-body sling bag that’s perfect for my needs, and will suit any Vlogger who wants to travel light. (This video is NOT sponsored!)
I’m Jay Shareef.
Welcome to another episode of Tech Tuesdays.
Today I’m talking about compact
camera bags for vlogging.
Now, in a previous episode, I bought myself
a pretty decent camera bag for my mirrorless cameras.
It’s a great bag and I’ve used it a lot.
However, a few weeks ago, I went on holiday with the kids.
And, obviously, I made a video about it.
Which will be coming out soon.
Anyway, as this was basically a holiday for the kids,
at a theme park, next to a beach,
I didn’t really want to carry a heavy camera or lots of equipment.
Also, while this isn’t a big bag,
there was absolutely no chance they’d
let me take this bag with me onto the rides.
Besides, I don’t want to risk my nice mirrorless
cameras on water slides and roller coasters.
So, the obvious solution was to take my
DJI Osmo Action and a few spare batteries.
And this is what I used to carry them around.
This PGYTech bag you may
recognize from an old episode.
I bought this to carry my gimbals.
But it turned out that the stabilization
on my dji action was so good
that I actually returned every gimbal that I bought.
I kept this bag though.
And it was OK. But in all honesty it wasn’t big enough.
The DJI Action and the batteries
and my mini tripod fit just fine.
But that was the limit.
It has no room for a microphone.
It has no room for my smartphone.
And it has no room for my sunglasses.
By the way, I’ve bought some new
sunglasses. These have just arrived.
My old prescription sunglasses are pretty good.
But I always thought they didn’t fit properly.
They just feel a bit too small.
So I ordered this new pair.
They’re very similar, but slightly bigger.
However the lenses are mirrored.
Which means that, if i wear them while filming,
you’ll see all of my camera stuff in the reflection.
I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Anyway, I decided to buy a new
camera bag for my travels.
So the search began. I looked
all over ebay and Amazon.
I spent weeks trying to find exactly what I needed.
Which was basically something in between this.
And this and I think I found it. Let’s open it up!
Now what I really liked about this PGYTech bag
was that you could wear it cross body.
And with this new bag I could do that too.
Also, it has these side pockets for drinks bottles.
But I thought I could use one of
them for my mini tripod, like so.
It also has this pouch on the strap.
Which is perfect for keeping my sunglasses.
Alternatively, I could use it to store my smartphone.
But that seems kind of risky.
Because keeping your smartphone
here, hanging behind you,
is basically inviting thieves to steal it.
So, I’m going to keep my phone safely
inside the bag, on the front side.
By the way, the bag is waterproof.
Which isn’t particularly important
for my rugged action camera,
or my rugged smartphone.
But it does matter if I’m carrying
a microphone or my batteries.
Because, if those get wet then that could be an expensive problem.
Anyway, there’s more than enough
room in here for vlogging accessories
like this small light, for example, or some ND filters,
or even a spare action camera.
And, if I’m on my travels then there’s handy sections
for keeping my passport and credit cards too.
As well as my supply of hand
sanitizer and antibacterial wipes.
So, would I recommend this bag?
Yes! Yes, I would.
I really like it, and if you want one
there’s a link in the description.
Right now, Amazon are giving people a 15% discount.
Which is a little bit annoying because I paid full price.
Anyway, that’s all for today.
I’ll be back with another video very soon.