Another well-thought-out Pacsafe piece; not cheap, but so very valuable when you want to bring your camera and get amazing shots
With more space than previous models as well as additional security measures, the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 Anti-Theft camera shoulder bag, part of a line of Pacsafe camera bags, will safely store most models of DSLR cameras, including a mounted lens and extra lens. Additional pockets and storage space with fit water bottles or other travel necessities without requiring you to carry another bag.
Materials and Highlights
- Made of 100% nylon material
- 6″ x 9.4″ x 5.3″
- 6 lbs.
- Main camera compartment
- Anti-theft, anti-slash shoulder strap
- Padded interior to protect your camera; front storage compartment for cell phones or other valuables
- Built in waterproof cover
- Range of colors
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Whether you are on a family vacation and want a camera to preserve memories or traveling for a business trip that requires high quality photographs, keeping your camera secure is an important part of the journey. Losing your camera to theft or being unable to retrieve images from a damaged device can ruin an entire trip.
Camera theft is one of the most common crimes travelers face; in crowded tourist areas people will watch for someone to place their camera in a backpack or shoulder bag. It’s easy to “bump” into the person later, slip a hand inside the pack, and take the expensive gear and all the memories it contains.
The large main compartment of the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 Anti-Theft Camera Shoulder Bag is lined with padded material to keep delicate camera equipment safe even on bumpy rides or crowded city streets. To protect sensitive information on credit cards and other documents, there is a zippered front pocket made with RFID-blocking material to prevent scanning fraud. Zippers can be tucked into hooks on the side of the bag to further prevent theft.
Lightweight, nylon material gives the bag a sturdy structure without the added, cumbersome weight. eXomesh, a stainless-steel wire mesh, is embedded in the fabric of the bag to protect against slash-and-run incidents. The shoulder strap is also enhanced with an interior wire structure for the same purpose.
Because cameras are one of the most commonly stolen travel items, photographers and tourists are careful in selecting equipment and protective gear. While traveling, cameras are constantly being taken out for use, which is helpful to collect memories and sometimes necessary for business trips, but simultaneously advertises expensive products to everyone in the area. Aside from theft, physical damage to cameras is also a primary concern, since often one bump or a poorly time rain shower can be enough to compromise the gear and possibly make the images irretrievable.
Pacsafe has planned for these potential dangers in the design of their Camsafe bags. Padded lining and wire mesh protect from theft and physical damage, while keeping the bag light and easy to carry. The shoulder strap is long enough to carry cross-body which also helps keep the camera secure and closer to your body instead of swinging precariously around.
The built-in rain cover ensures your camera will stay dry during sudden thunderstorms. Since you won’t need to carry the camera equipment underneath your rain gear, it’s easier to still capture images in poor weather conditions. When it’s not in use, the rain cover can easily be tucked aside and out of the way.
Choosing the right gear for your camera is important before embarking on a trip. Following tips about how to keep your camera safe include things like insurance and serial number tracking, but the right gear can often prevent needing to use these back-up precautions.
How it Stacks Up
There are plenty of camera cases on the market ranging from cheap bags to heavy, high-tech gear designed for extreme weather conditions. The Pacsafe V8 offers a higher level of protection than many cases without sacrificing weight. Companies like Sony and Nikon sell a variety of camera cases ranging from around $10 to much more, but these are typically much smaller, and none have the mesh lining or anti-slashing material of the Pacsafe V8. On the other end of the spectrum, there are expensive aluminum, lockable camera cases, but for the average traveler these are too much trouble to bother trying to use.
Carrying a full-size camera sometimes isn’t worth the hassle, but I’m impressed with how the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 has additional pockets to store other valuable items and can even fit a water bottle. Particularly when I’ve been traveling on city buses or in crowded tourist areas, having all my belongings in one bag makes it easier to keep track of things. Most camera bags are only designed to fit the device and other belongings need to be carried separately.
The higher price may deter some from the Pacsafe V8 bag when there are other, cheaper bags. However, when you take into account the eXomesh lining and anti-slash material of the shoulder strap, the price makes more sense. After all, cameras are expensive equipment by themselves and finding durable, reliable protection does not come cheap. Why spend hundred, even thousands on your camera, and make a fuss about an extra $30 or $50 on the high-protection bag?
The Pacsafe V8 is also a bit bigger than many camera bags, which also raises the price. If you have a lot of other gear in addition to your camera, the Pacsafe V8 bag may be too big of an option for you, and a smaller case that can fit inside a backpack or larger bag would be more efficient.
In the world of theft prevention, it is helpful to have gear that doesn’t attract attention. Unfortunately, the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 bag displays the Pacsafe logo in large letters, making it somewhat more identifiable as a potential item to steal.
Camera protection is a necessity for travelers. Whether it’s your job to take photos or you just want to save memories from a special trip, Pacsafe Camsafe bags all ensure your device stays dry, undamaged, and at your side at all times. If this one doesn’t suit you, chances are one of their other ones will.
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