Brevite Photo Kit Review
The Brevite Photo Kit has thoughtfully designed interior organization and is a great way to carry just your photography essentials.
- Internal organization is thoughtfully designed and non-obtrusive
- Materials are durable, yet feel comfortable to use
- Zoom-branded zipper operates smoothly
- Not designed to fit larger charging cables
- Organization feels redundant with most camera backpacks
- Materials aren’t the most water-resistant we’ve seen
1.55 oz (43.9 g)
5 in x 3.5 in x 1.75 in (12.7 x 8.9 x 4.4 cm)
Recycled Polyester, Zoom Zippers
The Brevite Photo Kit fits into the palm of your hand and is designed to carry your essential photography gear—batteries, SD cards, and a charging cable. Most photographers would agree that these are important pieces of the puzzle, though how they come together inside the pouch and can be welded once retrieved is even more essential. Will the Photo Kit become a piece of your photography kit, or will it just muddy the process of taking a picture? Let’s find out!
The exterior of the pouch is crafted from recycled polyester. The material is durable, water-resistant, and soft to the touch. It’s a little too big to feel natural in your hand, but the softness makes for a comfortable carry should you have to hold onto it for an extended period.
There are numerous colorways to choose from. This ensures that you can grab something you like—whether it’s a punchy Lemon Yellow or a minimalistic Nimbus Gray. Whichever color you opt for, the logo on the front will be a similar shade. This enables it to blend in from afar but be visible upon closer inspection.
The zipper is from Zoom and we have no issues with its functionality. The zipper track runs further around the pouch than we’ve seen from other models, so it opens wide for easy packing. The pull is basic but functional. It consists of a paracord-like material with a knot on the end and heat-shrunk plastic around the area before the knot. The plastic gives the pull structure but is a little slippery, which could make it harder to grasp onto in inclement weather. Fortunately, the knot gives you something to hang onto at all times, so precipitation ends up being a non-issue.
The kit packs a lot of punch into a small package. If you have larger pockets, this thing can slide right in. Smaller pants pockets will be tight or might not fit, but a coat pocket should be a sure thing. Without issue, it’ll slide into a daypack, sling, or travel backpack. It’s nice to have all of your camera essentials in one place, so you don’t have to lug around your camera backpack—or if your bag doesn’t have enough organization for your liking, the Brevite Photo Kit can supplement that.
When traveling, it can be hard to bring your entire camera kit. Sure, you might be able to pare down what you bring to just a camera and one lens that can do it all—but what about all the accessories? You don’t need an entire camera backpack or even a camera cube for a lone camera body and lens, but if you don’t bring either of those, where do you put your extra batteries, SD cards, or camera cables? You could slot these into your tech pouch, but then you have a lug it around every time you go out shooting. Because of the Brevite’s small size (which we’re about to cover), you can bring that and your camera. How simple! But does the organization work? Let’s find out.
Inside The Kit
As we mentioned earlier, the zipper track runs further than we initially expected it to. This enables the kit to open extremely wide—once it’s open, it looks like a butterfly.
There’s a ton of organization on both of the butterfly’s wings. On one side, there’s a plastic divider divvying up the space. The side closest to the exterior is split up into two sections. This area is for batteries—that way, you can’t run out of juice, no matter how long you’re trying to get a fantastic photo of the Christ the Redeemer statue towering over Rio de Janeiro.
We tested two batteries here—a larger Nikon EN-EL15, which fits DSLRs like the D750, D500, and D810, and a smaller Fuji NP-W126S, which fits mirrorless cameras like the Fuji X-T2 and X-T3. Both fit without issue—but the Nikon battery occasionally gets hit by the zipper when closing up shop. It doesn’t get stuck, but it did take some readjusting. The Fuji battery is much shorter, so it doesn’t have the same issue.
On the other side of the hard plastic divider sits a mesh material sewed into three slide pockets. They’re the perfect size for SD cards, so you can bring enough memory to ensure you don’t run out of space taking food pictures for the blog you’ve been talking about starting for years. It’s finally time; we’re here to support you!
One important thing to note is that there is only protection on one side of the SD card. The hard plastic divider is on one side, and the mesh material is on the other. We always put the side of the card with the contacts towards the plastic for extra security. We aren’t worried about a card breaking, but it’s worth noting.
If you don’t need to bring extra SD cards or aren’t into photography, you can stow other goodies here. The memory slots are a perfect fit for a small necklace or earrings. You could slide larger jewelry into the battery spots, too.
That’s all the organization on the first side—let’s jump over the butterfly’s thorax onto the other wing.
This side is a lot simpler. There’s just one stretchy mesh pocket here that Brevite says is to store an extra cable. Some cameras can charge with a cable, some need it for certain accessories, and sometimes you need a good spot for your phone charging cable.
Regular-sized cables fit well here, but larger 6-foot cables are too big to fit inside. We can also slot two rolls of 120 film here for medium format shooters! It’s an excellent catch-all for any other small gear you want to bring along, but at the end of the day, it excels at its intended purpose—carrying cables.
Overall, we’re amped with how the Brevite Camera Kit performs. You can leave the hotel or Airbnb with your camera and the pouch and be set all day long. What else could you ask for? Well, if we’re being honest, a signed copy of the folk band America’s debut self-titled album from 1971 would be pretty neat. But hey, we’ll love the Brevite until we can get a hold of one of those!
- Ample space for extra batteries, memory cards, and cables
- Exterior materials are soft but feel durable
- Compresses down relatively small when
- Exterior materials have held up well, even in dirt and rain
- No issues with the unbranded zipper
- Internal organization is well designed, but we’re curious about its durability long-term