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Peak Design Capture Camera Clip Review

Peak Design Capture Camera Clip Review - We look at the Camera Clip that attaches to a belt or strap from Peak Design.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Capture Clip
Price : £50
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Features
Handling and Performance
Verdict
Specification
Peak Design Capture Clip
The Capture Camera Clip System from Peak Design clamps your camera to a strap or belt eliminating the need for an additional strap or holster and has a quick-release plate for easy camera removal.

It's designed by Peter Dering, a San Fransico based Civil Engineer, who had a need for a better method of carrying his camera, so he came up with Capture. His initial plan was to produce 1000 units, but unexepected pre-sales orders increased this quantity 10 fold.
 
Peak Design Capture Clip

Peak Design Camera Clip System Features

The Capture Camera Clip System is a metal clip that has clamp bolts at each side to tighten it over a strap or belt. The bolts can be set at different heights to accomodate thin or thicker belts/straps. The metal camera quick-release plate (based on the Arca Classic system) screws onto a camera and is tightened using a coin (under 2mm thick). It then slips into the clip and locks in place and is released with a plastic button. You can make it even more secure by tightening a twist lock grub screw.

Peak Design Capture Clip

Key Features

  • Variable depth clip
  • Metal build
  • Arca Classic compatible quick-release plate
  • Secure locking screw
  • Carrying pouch

Peak Design Camera Clip System Handling & Performance

Attaching to a strap is easy - just undo one of the clamping bolts and swing the top section around. Slip the backplate under the strap or belt, swing the top back over and screw down. The bolts can be extended 10mm to accomodate a thicker belt / strap which covers most options, but not thick padded straps such as that found on Think Tank's System belt.

Peak Design Capture Clip - quick release plate on camera Peak Design Capture Clip - quick release plate lock  Peak Design Capture Clip - depth control

All edges have been rounded off so there are no sharp corners, but when the unit is mounted on a belt it can dig in when you sit down if you have the clip at the front. Mount it at the side and this is not an issue and is actually more comfortable, although while testing I did bump the camera on a door frame on a few occasions so extra thought / care is needed. It's already proving popular for climbers who can now have a camera with them without the need for straps or cases. Having it mounted on a backpack will also be a popular option for walkers.

If you mount the clip on a thin belt it won't hang well and tends to pull at the belt, especially with a heavier load. A thicker and more substantial belt is better. I used it on a thick leather jeans belt and it worked well, being comfortable and with an SLR and standard zoom you'll hardly know it's there.

Peak Design Capture Clip - releasing from shoulder strap Peak Design Capture Clip - detaching camera Peak Design Capture Clip - on shoulder strap

Value For Money

At £50 the Capture clip isn't cheap, but neither is its competition. for the same money you could buy the plastic made B-Grip Camera Support System which also has built in support for use on a table top. Or go up market to the SpiderPro, which doesn't secure the camera in a rigid way so it can swing around and costs £109! There are cheaper Chinese alternatives being sold direct from the manyfacturers on eBay but these seem crude and not that well made. At less than £5 it's possibly not something you would trust with your expensive camera!

Peak Design Capture Clip - on strap

Peak Design Camera Clip System Verdict

I've never been a big fan of this kind of support as comfort is an issue, but the Capture clip has been well thought out. I'm surprised at the comfort. It's well engineered, compact and really does give a useful hands off approach to carrying. It's easy to get the camera off the clip with one hand and provides an alternative to shoulder strap carrying. I wish the camera quick-release plate was compatible with my tripod so I could switch from Capture Clip to Manfrotto. Hopefully we will see different versions in the future.
 
  Well engineered, compact and really does give a useful hands-off approach to carrying you camera.

Peak Design Camera Clip System Pros

Hands free carrying
Well engineered
Quick to detach and use

Peak Design Camera Clip System Cons

Plate not compatible with many tripod brands
Bolts catch on the base of a deep lens

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Comments


MikeRC e2
9 3.5k United Kingdom
2 Mar 2012 4:33PM
I carry my Nikon D7000 with atatched 24-300 VR lens in a bag I bought from Halfords.
It clips onto a special bracket on my bike handlebars and clips off when I get there.
The clip stays permanently on my bike and the bag is carried effortlessly over my shouder.
....the bag cost me 10...I much prefer it to the "camera clip"

.....Mike

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