My Daily Bag: Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250

By March 18, 2011Products

For some time now, I’ve been testing a brand new backpack from Lowepro, and I want to share my thoughts with you about it. It’s called the CompuDay Photo 250. I really like this bag for everyday use. Why? For starters, it’s very light, only weighs 1.9 lb/0.9 kg. Yet inside this “not too big” exterior (32 x 20 x 43.5 cm / 12.6 x 7.9 x 17.1 in), it holds my laptop (up to 15.6″), iPad, Canon 60D with kit zoom, 50mm prime, hard drives, compact camera, and lots of personal accessories. And if you’re not toting a DSLR, the camera compartment magically compresses so you can use the space for other items.

The Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 backpack is light, but holds an amazing amount of equipment for the photographer on the go.

The CompuDay Photo 250 has one of the most clever compartment designs I’ve ever seen. My DSLR is completely protected in the side-access pocket. I don’t have to worry about it banging against other items in the backpack. My laptop and iPad each have their own sleeves… again, protected and easy to access through the top of the bag. But there are also many smaller compartments that allow you to organize everything else you’re toting, including hard drives, small electronics, keys, pens, and even a sleeve that’s perfect for #10 envelopes.

The DSLR compartment compresses when not in use so you have that space available for other items.

This is also a great backpack for travel. The easy-grip top handle is comfortable to grab. The shoulder straps are nice and wide. And, unlike many backpacks, this one includes a trolly sleeve so you can slide it over the handle of your rolling suitcase. The CompuDay Photo 250 fits easily in overhead compartments on planes, under seats, or just about anywhere else. And it includes a side mesh pocket plus a front zipper pocket for those items you need to quickly access.

Here’s a quick run down of its main features:

  • Lightweight, slim and protective design
  • Dedicated storage for laptop, camera and personal electronics
  • Adjust-to-fit, padded camera chamber
  • Burnt orange lining
  • Removable accessory pouch
  • Multiple organization pockets
  • Mesh-covered trolley sleeve
  • Rain-flap lid
  • Adjustable, lightly padded shoulder straps
  • 2 SlipLock loops on shoulder straps
  • Durable and water-resistant outer fabrics

There are pockets galore in this backpack to store everything you need.

The CompuDay Photo 250 should start showing up at Lowepro retailers now. Street price is around $75 US. There’s also a messenger style version of the bag that I’ll talk about in another post.

Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.


About Derrick

Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, teacher and photography evangelist for Lowepro. He has authored several digital media books, including his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers and The Digital Photography Companion (O'Reilly Media, publisher). Derrick is a Senior Contributor for Macworld magazine where he writes a digital photography column, and he's a regular presenter on the popular training site, Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story ( that's open to all photography enthusiasts. The site features weekly podcasts, daily posts, training videos, and reader-submitted photos. You can reach Derrick at


  • John says:

    Hi! I’m getting a Dell XPS 15z. And before I get this laptop I wanted to know if the laptop would fit in the Loewpro CompuDay Photo 250.

  • Antonio A. Rodríguez M. says:

    I always use LOWEPRO, like a professional, like a hobbie is a most durable, confiable in the world of bags.

  • Bruno says:

    This would be a perfect replacement from my aging original CompuDay pack and a good adition to my growing collection of Lowepro bags (3 and counting) 🙂

  • Joshua J. Webb says:

    I own the Pro Roller x200 and Top Loader 75AW. Both are great for their intended purposes. I do allot of research before I buy a bag to make sure it’s going to work with the way I operate. I consider other products but always buy Lowepro not because I’m brand loyal but because they just work. I’m so glad there’s a company out there that takes the time to consider what we need in a carrying solution. Thanks, Lowepro!

    –Joshua Webb

  • Tom Garrison says:

    Fantastic bags since trashing a Tamarc bag for my first LowePro have owned nothing since and they REALLY protect expensive camera gear

  • Eunice Parker says:

    thanks for the chance to win

  • Eunice Parker says:

    sure beats the “nap sack” bag I’m having to use right now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Anita Christine says:

    I like the quality of Lowepro and love “Compuday” to bring my stuffs all together….

  • mario says:

    I love lowepro products, this one is much better than the previous version.

  • Heike says:

    Could be a great one, but sadly it’s not made for being stuck in a crowd. That’s why i like the Flipside 400 so much. You can only reach the gear through the back.
    would have loved being able to take a laptop with me. But working in big cities i don’t dare putting my money, phone, key, gear in those bags…

  • William B Johnston says:

    Looks like a great bag, it would make a wonderful upgrade to my Lowepro Sling

  • Startsev says:

    Width: 15″ (381mm)
    Height: 1.3″ (32.2mm) front /1.5″ (38.2mm) back)
    Depth: 10.4″ (265.4mm)

    It`s sizes of my laptop. Is it normal size of laptop for this bag?

  • Lenny Wojciechowski says:

    Lowepro is my first choice. Love all of my Lowepro bags cases and packs. Just an all around great product.

  • Thomas Hawk says:

    nice. I love Lowepro products.

  • That’s excellent news. I have the original compudaypack and love it, but this looks even better.

    • I could do with another bag as my Magnum AW is full and heavy to carry around. It would also come in handy for the Island Games coming up in June.

    • Allan says:

      Great bag. I have use this before and I wants to admit, it is a damn good camera bag.

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