Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v2 review

Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v2 review


You may have read the article we wrote on Peak Design’s Leash & Cuff a little while back? The crazy bunch at Peak Design are at it again, this time with a version 2 release of their primary product, Capture


As of right now, 4,875 people have backed their current Kickstarter for over half a MILLION dollars!… Amazing crowd supported project! Well, being a Peak Design Pro, I’m very lucky to already be using Capture v2.0 and wanted to pen an article about it and how it has changed from version to version and how it could help you.


A brief catch up – what is “Capture” …well, in very basic terms, Capture is a device that you can attach to pretty much any belt / bag strap / backpack shoulder strap etc, that allows you to quickly and securely mount your camera on that device via the included baseplate. So if you want to go hands free while you’re out shooting, you simply slot your camera into Capture and you’re good to go, then when you see a photograph you want to make, on press of a button and you’re firing. You can see the image above, I have my little Sony NEX 5r mounted on the shoulder strap of my thinkTankPhoto Retro 7 camera bag, it makes it so easy when I’m down the park with my 3.5 year old – I can run, kick, jump, swing and hide with my hands free, then, when he’s doing something awesome like climbing a massive tree, I can whip the camera out of its little metal home and SNAP, I’ve capture my moment.

In the photograph below, you can see some of the changes from version one (bottom) to version two (top) including the following (based on my two weeks solid use and not the specs on the website)

  • Easier ‘mouth’ where you slide your camera in – makes slotting your camera away easier (in my opinion) 
  • No more sharp edges / less round edges – while I love and still use v1.0, the v2.0 feels…grown up..
  • The red button you use to release your camera now has a little simple twist lock to stop accidental ejection..
  • The screw (top right of units) now secures the camera plate solid, so you can actually use Capture on top of a monopod / tripod..
  • Capture now has the ability to mount little cameras such as GoPro so you can use capture to shoot yourself falling off your bike – etc!


Here’s a couple of photographs that show you how you can use Capture for the top of a tripod or monopod and in the second photo you can see the Sony is tethered with Peak Design’s “Leash


Capture being used to mount the Sony directly onto the 3LeggedThing tripod furniture


Capture being used to mount the Sony directly onto the ‘Bob’ 3LeggedThing Monopod furniture

I’m use Capture v2.0 and v1.0 with Peak Design’s Leash and Cuff system (for those among you that are saying…ohhh, I might drop my camera… you can’t!)

Take a look at the version two Capture camera clip system video on KickStarter and see for yourself… If you have any questions about how the clip works, what I shoot with it / my workflow / how I use Capture, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.



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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Sime August 14, 2013 01:19 am

    Hey Dwaine, I'm using a v1 and v2 together. They play nicely, though - as with everything - v2 being just that bit more refined may leave you wanting more in the v1.. but, they both do a great job.


  • Dwaine Dibbly August 13, 2013 10:54 am

    I have a v1 Capture and like it. I've been wondering if it would be worthwhile to upgrade. I'm thinking that I will and if I find myself not using both of them at the same time, I can always sell the older one on eBay.

  • Sime August 12, 2013 10:26 pm

    Hi Ryan, I actually have the Micro plate on my NEX5r and would suggest go with that - you don't want tooooo much plate sticking out the back of the camera (this camera) as it hinders the way the LCD moves - the Micro plate works just fine.


  • esben August 12, 2013 09:09 pm

    I'm also interested in Ryans question about using the micro plate or the ARCAplate as I have the NEX-5N.

  • Ryan Jones August 10, 2013 08:13 am

    Hi Simon, ive pledged for this on kick starter and like you I have a nex-5r I was advised to get the micro plate but you have the ARCplate pictured ? What would your advice be after using the set up. 1 last thing with the ARCplate, does the camera site flat on a table say as with out a base plate it normally sits on the bas of the camera and lense and with a tripod mount connected it wont sit flat

  • Eric August 9, 2013 11:43 pm

    Thanks Sime!

    I really hesitate to buy it from kickstarter, just for the discount price, but I know that as soon as I get the V2, I will stop using the V1 that will be useless for me (I only have one camera).

    Even though the new features are neat I will wait until the V3. ;-)

    The extra bucks I'll spare won't be a bad thing either...

  • Sime August 9, 2013 11:01 pm

    Hi Eric,

    I'm glad you found my ramblings helpful!

    I've not had the ProPad across as yet, I have used long lenses with my V1 and V2 (I used the 70-200 f/2.8IS with a 2x on my MK1) ....I'm really looking forward to having the ProPad to spread the weight when I use it on a belt (as opposed to a strap on my backpack) ...Would I say it's worth replacing, well, that's a good question : I'm a fan of not replacing things for the hell of it, do I prefer v2, yes, by a decent margin - the main thing for me after a couple extra weeks good use is the plate entry into the clip - I find it much easier to slot my camera in, wastes less time.. The locking is great, the extra functionality (tripod mount, etc) is great. I'd say why not snap one up via Kickstarter - if you can, or, if you can't - use v1 and be happy with it, it is a great clip.


  • Eric August 9, 2013 10:45 pm

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the review! I bought the first version because of your previous review as well ;-)

    few quick questions, did you test the PROpad as well? Also would you say it is worth it to replace a V1 with V2 or I should probably wait until I really need it?


  • Kevin Cleaver August 8, 2013 08:35 am

    excellent, hope they keep developing this great tool

  • Sime August 8, 2013 07:57 am

    Hi Kevin,

    Yep - sure can, the plates remain the same.


  • Kevin Cleaver August 8, 2013 07:48 am

    I have a pair of version 1 captures and wouldn't be without them now. I previously used the spider system but it kept catching so that I missed shots. Can the V2 plate still be used directly on Manfrotto tripods?