Carrying any sort of DSLR or 4/3rds camera or compact for that matter when hiking can be a bit of a pain. I have never been very comfortable with the options available. There are many different types of camera support systems on the market but none had taken my fancy. They were basically designed for street photographers and I say that respectfully, rather than backpackers on long trips where you don't want to keep stopping to de-bag the camera whether it be in a separate camera case or worse still in the rucksack.
That was until I was watching a YouTube video during the first covid lockdown period and the American backpacker was using this clip system. I couldn't catch the name of the clip from the video but after some googling I managed to find out who the manufacturer was.
It was Peak Designs.
It turns out that this kit was originally a Kickstart item in 2011. It raised $15 million. Since then there have been 3 versions. The clip that I purchased and which this review is based on is the V3 which was released in 2018.
I won't bore readers with the history of the previous 2 versions because it's all available on line for those who want to know. What I will say though is that the V3 is the smallest and lightest version without distracting from the carrying specifications.
The clip weighs 84 grams and includes the locking plate that attaches to the camera base.
Beautifully smooth CNC machined and anodised aluminium, weatherproof and finished in black as mine is or silver option.
- Overall weight of the assembly and the weight it can support.
- Small size
- Locking mechanism
- Numerous accessories for lenses and Go Pro's etc.
- Feel of security
- Beautifully engineered design
- The plate attached to the camera could cover some camera battery box covers. Its ok on my Nikon and Olympus.
- Need to carry the Allen key with you. A coin screw lock would be better. The Allen key can be attached to your key fob.
- Doesn't fit to all tripods.
- The restriction on rucksack strap width.