Rating: ★★★★★

Lugging around a giant camera is not exactly how I envisioned becoming a photographer. For the best pictures, you need an SLR, but they’re big, bulky, and a hassle to carry. For the past two years, as I’ve picked up photography as a hobby, that’s the one sticking point, the one reason I’d leave my camera at home instead of carrying it everywhere.

I don’t have to anymore.

The Capture Camera Clip System – CCCS for short – is a buckle with a tripod-like 3/8th” connector that snaps a camera safely and securely to a belt or bag strap so you don’t have to carry it by hand or strap. After using it for a month, it’s changed the way I take pictures.

When I went to Hawaii last year, I rarely used the D7000. Between running through the hotel resort doing various water-based activities and going out on the town, carrying a big camera to capture those favorite moments, frankly, sucked. There are a number of strap-based solutions, vests, and bags that promise to fix that exact problem, but they’re all large or in some way strenuous to the user.

The CCCS does just that, using only two pieces, the buckle and connector. Attaching the buckle to straps or belts is simple and painless, and it can be adjusted to hang on so tightly that it won’t move. A giant red button acts as the camera release, which slides lets users slide the connector out. To put it back in place, just slide the camera in and the red button will click shut. The point is this: when you’re ready, unclip and shoot.

This system works magnificently because of the sturdy and minimalist design. Trusting expensive equipment in something this small was tough. After very strenuous use (I couldn’t ply my D7000 off the mount with all my strength), the CCCS stands up as strong enough to hold a DSLR on a strap without breaking. All that strength comes from that red button, which is tremendous. I haven’t once had difficulty removing or clicking a camera into place.

The CCCS stays hooked to a strap or belt so strongly that it’s practically impossible to remove it by force

The overall design is so well thought out that the bottom of the clip includes a 3/8th” pin so the camera can be connected to a tripod without removing the clip. Two screws tighten and loosen the clip to hold onto belts and straps, and are hand-adjustable. The red button is easy to press and find, and because of the adjustable height of the clip the CCCS will fit on almost any belt or strap.

If you own a DSLR, or even a large point and shoot or small camcorder that you hate carrying by hand or with a bag, the Capture Camera Clip System is the best camera accessory to own. It’s fast, a snap to use, and a photographer’s new best friend. I never leave home without it. There are only two things I would change: the extra locking screw (which only damages the camera attachment), and the name. Capture Camera Clip System is a terrible name, I demand this Kickstarter project find a better one. Try PhoClip.

The Capture Camera Clip System is available for purchase via Kickstarter for various prices.

James Pikover

Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.