I'm looking for recommendations on how I can carry my Canon bridge camera while hiking, so that it doesn't get in the way too much but is easy to get to when I want to take a photo (typically of an interesting bird or animal).
At the moment I mostly carry the camera in my backpack, but it tends to get lost amongst everything else and is fiddly to get to (especially in a hurry) so I end up just not losing it. I've tried carrying it on a shoulder strap (not shown below), but then spend my whole time getting it tangled in my backpack shoulder straps or worrying about knocking it on a tree branch or rock.
Some more details about the gear I have...
A Camelbak MilTec H.A.W.G. Has two large sections, compression straps on the sides and a MOLLE panel to which extra things can be attached. You can buy MOLLE camera pouches, but the ones I've found are all DSLR-sized, so too large.
A Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Nothing special, but has a great zoom on it. It's smaller than a DSLR, but larger than a compact, at about 12cm (4.7") wide and deep and 9cm (3.5") tall. It's an awkward shape, to say the least.
A Lowepro Apex 110 AW. Cheap, bought in a panic. Has a belt loop on the back, handle on the top, and eyelets for a shoulder strap
Any hints or tips will be welcomed!