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Review: Peak Design Capture Clip v3

Overview : The all-new Capture is the most secure, convenient, accessible way to carry your camera, period. Unlike a camera strap, Capture keeps your camera rigidly stable while hiking, biking, or moving around the studio. Unlike a camera bag, Capture keeps your camera instantly accessible with the click of a button. The Capture system includes 2 components: a metal clip that clamps to any backpack strap, belt, or bag, and a tripod-compatible plate that screws into the bottom of your camera. Your camera smoothly locks into the clip, where it is held rigidly and securely. Press the lockable quick-release button to remove.

The new 3rd gen Capture is smaller, lighter, and smoother than ever before. All machined/anodized aluminum construction. Metal quick-release button and locking mechanism holds well over 90 kg (200 lbs). Beautiful new ultra-smooth finish enhances durability, and ultra-low profile design increases comfort.

Features :
  • All aluminum build, including quick-release button and locking pin
  • All machined/anodized finish for increased durability and smoothness
  • Smaller and lighter for significantly upgraded comfort
    • 30% lighter
    • 20% narrower
    • 20% lower profile
  • Embedded grip in backplate for maximum slip resistance
  • Contains 2 sets of clamping bolts
    • Thumb-drive bolts for easy clamping and unclamping
    • Hex-drive bolts for more secure/permanent installation or thicker straps
  • Available in black and silver
  • Works with any size camera, including heaviest of pro setups
  • Connects to any strap up to 6.4 cm (2.5") wide and 1.5 cm (0.6") thick
  • Carry binoculars, lenses, and GoPro cameras with additional plates/kits (sold separately)
  • Instantly access camera with quick release button
  • Redundant security lock prevents accidental release
  • Includes Standard Plate, which works with most Arca-type tripods
  • Camera locks into clip in 4 directions, enabling easier lens changes
  • All parts are weatherproof and resist rust and saltwater
  • Clip is backwards compatible with all Peak Design plates
  • Standard Plate is not backwards compatible with older Capture models

Quality/Usability : On May 2011, the original Capture Clip was what kickstarted (no pun intended since it launched on Kickstarter) to what Peak Design is today. Since it's release, there has only been one revision in 2013, the Capture v2. Size was the same but there was more rounded corners, curves and adjustments made to it.

Fast forward four years and going back to its roots, Peak Design has launched Capture v3 on a 5-Day Kickstarter campaign that also featured an updated Slide, Slide Lite and Pro Pad v2. Within 5-days, it raised $1.33 million from 12k+ backers.

But enough of this...lets get to showing off the new Capture v3!

The new Capture v3 comes with the new Capture Clip and thumbscrews, standard plate, hex tool, two long screws and a pouch.

The Capture v3 comes in silver and black, and is made of beautiful machined and anodized aluminum. It will eventually get scuffed up. If it doesn't show signs of wear, you're not using it properly ;).

Those who have purchased previous Peak Design products are familiar with the included pouch. The new pouch is not your typical nylon type pouches like those used for sunglasses. It feels more premium and better quality.

Capture Clip v3 still has the same design element to the previous Capture Clips but is smaller, lighter and much more comfortable. Peak Design removed the old screw lock that was in the top right and the back is a smooth finish. No more 1/4-20" tripod screw mount due to the size. I actually the screw mount on the bottom and I'm currently using my Capture Pro with a friction arm to hold my 7" monitor.

As you can see, there is only two colors on the silver: black and silver. The black is all black. No more combination of red, black and silver that is found on the predecessors.

The Capture v3 still swivels open but on the inside, is a rubber pad that provides friction and grip when mounted on a belt, strap or the Pro Pad. The previous Captures relied on a "sandwiching" method. I guess something kind of like a waffle? If one side was caved in, the other side would be raised to compensate for that void.

The Capture still has its twist locking mechanism. This time not in red. There is a line on the Capture and a line on the quick release button. When the lines line up, you can push the quick release button to disengage your camera. When you twist the button forward, the lines no longer match up and this will lock your camera.

The included plate is a plate we are all familiar with. It is still Arca compatible and there are four small holes on each corner which allows you to thread anchor links through. Since the plate is a square, you can still insert it in any direction into the Capture clip but it now has a lower profile. It won't fit older Capture Clips because the bottom of your camera will not hit the thumbscrews on the older Captures.

One thing that is different is that it does not have a D-ring to help you tighten the screw mount. Instead, you must use the hex tool. It was good to have the D-ring because you can just use your hands to tighten the plate if you didn't have the hex tool. But it was a pain trying to dig my fingers in to try and lift the D-ring up.

The rubber padding has a lower profile than the old red rubber on the older plates.

The above pictures shows the plate inserted into the Capture Clip v3. You can use old Peak Design plates with the Capture v3.

The mounting configurations haven't changed. You can still mount it onto your belt in a vertical position or you can mount it horizontally with the Pro Pad v2. Capture v3 mounts onto any belt or strap up to 2.5" wide.

The images above is on a few of Peak Design products: Everyday Sling 5L and Field Pouch.

Note: One thing I noticed is that if you have an older Field Pouch (before 2017), the Capture strap on the front is a little wider than the newer redesign. You can still mount the Capture v3 but it will require some finesse.

With the old Captures, if you wanted to mount the Capture Clip to a thick belt or backpack strap, you had to purchase a set of long screws. Peak Design opted to include the long screws with every Capture Clip v3. The long screws is more of a permanent solution such as mounting onto a backpack or a thick belt such as a Think Tank Speed Belt. This is not meant for constant removal. For use on a normal belt, the thumbscrew should be used.

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v3 still functions like its predecessors but with a sleeker and slimmer profile. I love the fact that Peak Design thinks about its current and future customers by making their products backwards compatible with older products.

It's also nice that they now include the longer bolts and not charging extra for those who want a more permanent solution or are attaching it to thicker pads.

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