Lowepro Bags for Micro Four Thirds and Compact DSLRs

What's the best way to protect your Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, or Samsung compact DSLR and still look stylish? You bought one of these nimble cameras to travel light, yet have all the functionality that you need. I have three Lowepro camera bags that work great for the Olympus PENs, Panasonic G series, Sony NEX, and Samsung NX10 camera systems.

Lowepro Bags for Micro 4/3 Cameras From left to right: Lowepro Apex 110 AW, Impulse 110, and Edit 110 bags for compact DSLRs. Click on image to enlarge.

Lowepro Apex 110 AW ($40) -- For outdoor work where the elements come into play. Included All Weather cover, belt loop, shoulder strap, sliplock loops, memory card pouches, padded handle, rugged rubber trim, and micro fiber cloth. Heavily padded design.

Fits Olympus PEN with 14-150mm zoom lens, and Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung bodies with any zoom. Additional room for pancake lens (such as Panasonic 20mm, Olympus 17mm, or Sony 16mm). But no room for additional zoom lens other than what is mounted on the camera. Most rugged of three cases.

Lowepro Impulse 110 ($19) -- For urban work. Largest of the three bags with shoulder strap, top loop but no padded handle, side pockets and front document pocket.

Fits Olympus PEN with 14-150mm zoom lens, and Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung bodies with any zoom. Additional room for pancake lens (such as Panasonic 20mm, Olympus 17mm, or Sony 16mm) and kit zoom lens separately. Accessories can be stored in side pockets.

Lowepro Edit 110 ($17) -- Suitable for urban or outdoor work. Shoulder strap, padded top handle, 2 side pockets, zippered front pocket, zippered mesh pocket inside, and belt loop.

Fits Olympus PEN with 14-42mm zoom lens, and Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung bodies with kit zooms. Additional room for pancake lens (such as Panasonic 20mm, Olympus 17mm, or Sony 16mm). Accessories can be stored in side pockets, zippered front pocket, or zippered mesh pocket inside. Heavily padded, all purpose bag for those who don't use the long zoom lenses (such as the Olympus 14-150mm).

Bottom Line

Rugged outdoor types who like the longer zooms should consider the Apex 110 AW. It can withstand just about any environment and protect your gear. For those who need a bit more room and tend to work in urban environments, the Impulse 110 is an affordable choice. And shooters who sometimes venture into the great outdoors, but need a good all purpose bag at an affordable price should look at the Edit 110.

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I *really* want to find a bag in this category that has a good place for an iPad.

The iPad, E-P2, and a couple of lenses is the ideal travel pack for me, but I haven't found a good bag for that yet.

I'm still looking for a suitable bag. It needs to hold my E-P2 with the 14-150mm zoom, with room for the 9-18mm WA zoom as well. Plus a pocket or two for battery, a few filters would be nice. None of the Lowepro bags you describe seem to fit the bill.

I have a couple follow up bag recommendations for Zandr and Dave.

Zandr: Have you looked at the Lowepro Classified 160? (http://products.lowepro.com/product/Classified-160-AW,2121,20.htm) I did a YouTube video on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BouQjG0uow

I'm also using the Exchange Messenger with the iPad in a sleeve.

Dave: Take a look at the Micro Trekker 100 (http://products.lowepro.com/product/Micro-Trekker-100,1962,14.htm) It will hold your gear nicely.


What about when travelling with just the 20mm pancake lens (GF1) ? Is the Apex 60 too small ?

Hi Seika,

The interior dimensions for the Apex 60 AW are:
3.6W X 2.4D X 4.7H in.
(9.2 X 6 X 12 cm)

So you could measure your camera and know for sure. It's a great little bag!


Check out the Lowepro Classified 100. It comes with 3 cases, one will hold your iPad, and the other 2 should hold your camera!

Yes, CW, good point. A few of the guys in shop use that configuration, and they like the Classified 100 a lot.

I discovered that a medium lens case from Adorama or Lowepro is a perfect fit for the GF1 with 20mm lens. No room for anything else - but that makes a really compact and perhaps less noticeable package

I think the perfect fit for a Panasonic GF1/G3 + Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is the Vanguard Peking 8H. nice snug fit and using the divider you can fit in an extra battery and memory card too. You will not find anything smaller then this.

What would be my best Lowepro option to hold a Sony-NEX5 with 18-55 attached and also carry the 55-200 lens?


I'm looking for a bag I can take with me into the boundary waters canoe area in Minnesota. It would have to double as a day pack, be water proof (or highly water resistant) and hold my Olympus E-PL1 and extra lense. Any ideas?