Pompidoo Palermo Camera Bag Review

Pompidoo Palermo Camera Bag Review


Until recently I wasn’t fully aware of the availability of such stylish camera bags for women, until I received the opportunity to review this refined camera accessory.


The Palermo Camera Bag by Pompidoo is a very stylish and functional way to carry your camera equipment to any occasion. Whether I’m out taking photos, or having a milkshake with my family, this bag plays it’s part perfectly.

When I’m out taking photos, I love the fact that this Palermo bag doesn’t look like a typical camera bag. As well as looking stylish this bag acts as a great safety function for the “Female Street Photographer” like myself, the general person on the street wouldn’t realise your carrying expensive camera equipment as it looks just like a larger style hand-bag.


First Impression was ‘Style & Quality’.
I was very impressed by how the bag was packaged when I opened the shipping carton; it was very protected. My initial impression to the Palermo Bag was quality of the leather and fixtures then the lining inside and padding.



What I Loved

1. There’s something special about handmade European leather goods. The quality of the genuine bane leather is simply beautiful and it has a pearl touch to it. The bag comes in 3 different colours, this one that I am using is Kitty Red, which I love.



2. The two carry options. The Palermo Bag has two handles to use like a carry bag or an adjustable de-attachable cross shoulder strap. The leather strap I found to be very functional and comfortable for those longer photo walks, it made it easy to distribute the weight of my equipment evenly across my back.


3. The padded main body and the 4 padded Velcro dividers to customise the bag to suit your belongings and keep them well protected. I found it to be the perfect size for my gear, as an example, the equipment for my typical outing would be – Canon 5D MarkII with a 24-70mm lens attached, external flash, 50mm lens and a Lensbaby Spark. I really like the built in padded section with a soft cloth attached to carry your ipad / tablet. The front pocket is ideal to hold camera accessories like CF Cards, cloths, and business cards along with some personal belongings such as your mobile phone, keys and even snacks for my little man ?. There really is plenty of room. There is also a zip pocket at the back, which I found perfect for a notebook to keep any notes or lists.
I need to mention that the floral material used inside this bag is beautiful.





What Could Be Improved

1. The metal feet are a perfect idea for the bag to stand upright when you place it on the ground in whatever situation or environment, however I did find that the bag would still sometimes fall forward, as if unbalanced. This didn’t happen all the time.

2. I’m not sure if this next feature actually needs to be improved, as this probably would depend on each individual using the bag. I am very fussy with my camera gear and I found when removing my camera from inside the bag, I needed to fold the zipper section back on either side of the main compartment so the zipper wouldn’t scrap along the camera body. I also found that when the zipper section is folded back, it made the top opening larger and easier to view and remove my equipment without obstruction.

Overall, I would recommend Pompidoo products to any Female Photographer who is looking for a bit of “Style, Quality & Functionality”.

Grab your Pompidoo Palermo Camera Bag (Kitty Red) (or in Almond Brown) at Amazon.

Lisa Cole – Melbourne based photographer

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Some Older Comments

  • Janice August 19, 2013 09:51 pm

    Good to see another company producing quality women camera bags! I have a 2 sues bag from kelly moore and its served me well for the last year and about 1/3 the price

  • Hillary June 25, 2013 09:38 am

    For the DIY'ers... I just made my own camera purse insert and converted one of my large leather purses into a camera bag. There are some great instructions on how to make your own at this website: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/03/turn-a-purse-into-a-padded-camera-bag.html. If you are crafty this is a great way to go because you can customize your bag to suit your needs.

  • Paulette June 15, 2013 03:15 pm

    I seen that beautiful bag, but I use a baby bag back pack with extra padding inside. As I usually have a baby seat/car seat in my car, it doens't look out of place when I get out of my car to go walking with my camera. Sure doesn't' look like anybody else's camera bag that I know, but works perfectly for me.

  • Shannon June 14, 2013 04:14 am

    For ~$600 it had BETTER be an awesome bag. Yeesh. Personally, I prefer JoTotes. They're pretty, functional and the company is a US one. Best of all, they're about 1/5th the price of the Pompidoo.

  • Bonnie Nicholls June 14, 2013 02:15 am

    Thank you for this post. I've been looking for a smaller camera bag, and I had no idea we had more options other than black. I also like that it doesn't scream "Expensive cameras in this bag!"

  • Mary Helmut June 13, 2013 11:52 pm

    Many thanks for the review, indeed. I'm going to buy a camera bag soon, therefore this information is very useful for me. Pompidoo bags are really beautiful, and one of important things to me - these are made of genuine leather, though majority produce from artificial materials.

  • MC June 13, 2013 09:26 pm

    Urgh, ugly as a hatful of arseholes.

  • Angela June 13, 2013 07:31 am

    Epiphany also has excellent, stylish camera bags. During the year of my self-imposed 365 Challenge, I wanted a bag that I could carry my gear in every day, but that also held my purse items and didn't scream "Hey, I'm a camera bag! There's expensive stuff in me!" Epiphany is what I came across and it's held up very well over the last couple years.

    I have been looking for another bag though - not because I've grown to dislike my Epiphany bag in any way, but just for some variety. I'll have to check out Pompidoo as well.