Hands on with Capture Camera Clip v2

The Capture Camera Clip system has been one of my favorite pieces of backpacking/photography gear for the past two years. The original Capture Camera Clip is one of my “must have” pieces of gear, but the reinvented Capture v2 takes it to a whole new level and is hands-down the best way to carry a camera that I’ve tried. Thanks to my good friends at Peak Design I’ve been given the opportunity to test one of the very few pre-release CapturePro samples so that I could give you a hands-on glimpse before they are available.

Capture Camera Clip v2

What is the Capture Camera Clip?

In a nutshell, the Capture camera clip is an ergonomic, quick-release, readily accessible DSLR carrying alternative to the traditional camera neck strap or bag. It can be attached to the shoulder strap of any backpack or worn on your belt so that your camera is secure but instantly accessible. The new Capture Camera Clip v2 features several key improvements over the original, more on that below.

Specifications (CapturePro)

Total Weight: 142.3g (5.02 oz)
Body Only: 112g (3.9 oz)
ARCA Plate: 30.3g (1.07 oz)
Micro Plate: 22.6g (0.8 oz)
Body Length: 3 7/8 inches (95 mm)
Body Width: 1 5/8 inches (41 mm)
Max Strap Width: 2 3/4 inches (70 mm)
Material: Aluminum

Kickstarter Funded

Peak Design launched the original Capture Camera Clip on Kickstarter back in 2011. Their goal was to raise $10,000 to tool up and start producing the Capture in larger quantities. The ended up raising over $360,000 and were swamped with backers and orders.

Peak Design have spent the last two years reinventing the Capture Clip from the ground up. They’ve incorporated feedback from early backers, professional photographers, and average users (like me) to produce Capture v2. And after using v2 for the past few weeks I have to say it is a vastly improved product.

Capture Camera Clip v2

Capture v2 is only available via Kickstarter at the moment. Peak Design’s funding goal for v2 was $100,000 and as of the time I am writing this they have blown past that and have raised more than $420,000 – that will give you an idea of just how good this product is.

What’s New in v2?

At a high level the Capture v2 has a new shape that’s slimmer, lighter, and stronger than the original. There is a new twist lock clamping system, a new safety system to prevent accidental release, and the slot geometry has been improved to provide smoother operation.

Rather than describe every new feature in detail, I’m going to share a really good annotated photo that Peak Design has posted on their Kickstarter page. I’ll elaborate on a few pointers below with photos of my own. Here’s what’s new in v2…

Capture Camera Clip v2 Graphic

Also, in recognition of the growing popularity of POV action cams, the option of a separate GoPro mount has been added. This will also work with the original Capture.

How I use the Capture Camera Clip

Capture Camera Clip on a backpack

The Capture v2 is designed to easily handle a full-size DSLR with long lens, so my Lumix GF2 Micro Four-Thirds camera is no problem. Compact point-and-shoot (POS) cameras will obviously work too. While backpacking I carry my GF2 via the Capture Clip attached to my left shoulder strap. It feels a little weird at first and slightly vulnerable, but I assure you that I have never accidentally bashed it. Of course I’ve jinxed that now.

Capture Camera Clip v2

Having my camera accessible while hiking without the need to stop and retrieve it from my pack or a bag is a game changer. It’s securely held in place yet instantly available.

When I’m not out on the trail I tend to wear a GORUCK pack, either my GR1 or the smaller Echo. The padded straps of the GORUCK packs are too thick to use with the Capture back plate place behind. Well, I’ve done it that way, but it involved a clamp and some effort.

Capture Camera Clip v2 on GORUCK MOLLE

Instead I slot the Capture’s back plate through one of the MOLLE slots on the shoulder strap and tighten it up. The majority of lightweight backpacks will not be a problem for use with Capture.

Camera Plates

Capture Camera Clip v2 plus plates

The original Capture came with a standard camera plate that was bulky and large in comparison to my tiny GF2. Shortly afterward Peak Design released their Pro plates, one of which was a Micro size idea for smaller cameras. All of the Pro plates have loops that are compatible with Peak Design’s Leash and Cuff systems.

Capture Camera Clip v2 Micro plate and Leash attachment

Comparison Photos

Here are a few side-by-side comparison photos that show the visual differences between the original Capture Camera Clip and the all new Capture v2.

Capture Camera Clip v2 and original

Capture Camera Clip v2 and original

Capture Camera Clip v2 and original

CapturePro vs. Standard

The Capture Clip is being offered in two very distinct versions. The standard Capture ($50 on Kickstarter) is designed for hobbyists whereas the CapturePro ($65) version is targeted at professionals. CapturePro has the added advantage of an aluminum back plate that has the standard 1/4 inch tripod thread incorporated into it. The standard Capture uses an ultralight glass reinforced nylon backplate.

CapturePro Tripod Adapter

Capture Camera Clip v2

One of the new features of the CapturePro version is the ability to function as a quick-release mount for a standard tripod. The aluminum backplate of CapturePro has a standard 1/4 inch tripod thread in the center.

Capture Camera Clip v2 as Tripod mount

This allows it to be attached to any tripod so that it can function as a quick release mount. I love this option for those times when I’m out shooting a lot of photos and find myself switching between tripod and handheld all the time. Here’s a very short Instagram video of the tripod option in use.

How to Get Yours (10% Discount)

If you want to be one of the first people to get your hands on a Capture v2 Camera Clip, then you’ll want to become a backer on the Kickstarter campaign that is still running. There is plenty of time and money saving options available via Kickstarter – Capture Standard is $50 and CapturePro is $65. If you don’t want to wait until September, you can still order the original Capture clip, Leash, and Cuff via the Peak Design website.

As a way of saying thank you, readers of Brian’s Backpacking Blog can use the custom discount code “bgreen” at any time to receive a 10% discount off any purchase of Peak Design camera accessories – just not on the Kickstarter campaign.

Conclusion

As I said earlier, the Capture Camera Clip is hands down my favorite way to carry a camera. It’s securely held right in front of me, and is instantly accessible. The new Capture v2 has been redesigned from the ground up with some significant improvements. For anyone who carries a camera and wears a backpack or belt, this is a must have piece of gear.

Full Capture v2 Flickr Photoset

Disclaimer: Peak Design Ltd provided Brian’s Backpacking Blog with a complimentary pre-release sample of CapturePro v2 for testing. They were under no obligation to publish a review.
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  • http://walkwithtookie.com tookiebunten

    Looks like a great well made piece of functional gear. Practical for point and shoot or a micro 4/3. I think it might be a bit cumbersome with a dSLR on the shoulder strap. Would be nice to see someone use it like you with a dSLR to see the comparison…

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Hey Tookie, I believe CNET just published a quick review of the Capture v2 and used a dSLR with a long lens in their photos. The Lumix GF2 is the biggest (and most expensive) camera I have so that’s all I can show, but I know that a lot of professional photographers use the Capture Camera Clip. I think a dSLR would work great with the Capture used on a belt. They’ll be a lot more reviews of this coming out over the next month or two I’m sure.

      • http://walkwithtookie.com tookiebunten

        Hi Brian, thanks. I’ll head over to CNET and have a look. Really like the idea of having the camera to hand like that instead of trying to get it out a bag. Less footery but was just worried it would be cumbersome out walking with the dSLR clipped to a strap like I said. Excellent review. :)

        • Marty Jensen

          I’ve used the v1 clip to carry a Nikon D7000 with an 18-300 zoom mounted and found it surprisingly stable and comfortable for hiking/backpacking. The v1’s backing was a bit angular and it needed to be mounted carefully on the strap or it would poke at your upper arm when you move. It looks like the v2 solves this problem with a rounded back. Stability of the camera depends on how snug your pack and strap are set. Having the camera clipped to your strap keeps it at hand, out of the way and well protected if you’re pushing through brush. I’ve used mine primarily on a Gregory Z35 – which is my hiking camera bag of choice. My usual load for a day of shooting is the D7000 in the Capture clip on shoulder strap, an f-Stop ICU in the bag with a couple of lenses, flash & cables, a compact tripod and still have room for the 10 essentials, water and lunch.

          • http://walkwithtookie.com tookiebunten

            Thanks Marty for your helpful insight. I’ve got a D3100 which is smaller and lighter than your D7000 so I reckon I’ll be fine to use one. I’ll just need to check how my straps are on my rucksacks :)

          • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

            I had some issues with v1 digging into my shoulder too. Eventually I found the “sweet spot” to attach it to my shoulder strap to avoid the digging. I can say with confidence that v2 has fixed that problem :)

  • http://listeningtothewinds.blogspot.com/ Brad Neal

    It looks awesome but I don’t think I would ever use it myself, I would end up breaking my camera from the way it sits..

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Brad, at first I thought the same thing. It felt like my camera was jutting out in front and vulnerable. After using the Capture for a few years now I’ve yet to knock it on anything. It’s probably because I am so aware of it and have it in my line of sight at all times. You have to experience it to appreciate it I think.

  • Bayden

    I have the first version right now and can’t wait to get in the v2. Just finished a week long hike which had a number of smaller climbs and never had any issues with hitting my nikon v1 while it is on my pack strap. I also use a peak designs cuff with it so just in case I miss clipping it in to the capture clip it will be caught and not fall to the ground

  • SPtheALIEN

    I am curious about how it would operate with both a heavy lens and a vertical grip. I am in for two of these, but I hope it’s not unweildy. Any experience with a vertical / battery grip?

  • [ ramesh ]

    Guys i am a “$185 or more” backer, they delivered only leash and cuff with naked edition of camera clip, now they are saying they have delivered everything, please be wary of these guys, they are yet to deliver Propad and Gopro mount, i lost trust in these guys, please be aware of this bad business practice, you cannot trust these guys anymore

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Ramesh. Have you reached out to them directly? I have not doubt that they will fix the problem if there really is an issue. Did you have tracking numbers for the order?

      • [ ramesh ]

        Yes Brian, they are supposed to send me Naked edition Camera Clip, Leash and Cuff, POV Kit and Pro Pad, but i have received only Camera Clip, Leash and Cuff, when asked for the rest of the stuff, they are giving me the tracking number which is used to deliver Camera Clip, Leash and Cuff. I have tracking number for what i have received, but rest of the stuff i do not have tracking number.

  • http://iskosalminen.com/ Isko

    Thanks Brian for the great review! I’ve been looking at these for awhile and reading your post made me pull the trigger, just ordered one.