Capture, a Camera Strap Attachment, Gets an Update

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The Capture, a device from Peak Design that attaches a camera to any belt or strap, has become a bit smarter. A refined version, called the Capture Pro, is now being shipped to some Kickstarter investors, and will be available to the public in September.

The idea behind the Capture is simple: It is a plate that clamps on the strap of a backpack, a belt, handbag, or what have you, turning it into a camera strap. That leaves one less strap to get tangled when making a quick grab for the camera.

Some users criticized the original Capture. The knobs and hard edges could dig uncomfortably into a hip or rib in some setups. So the Capture Pro, and a less expensive Capture V2, are slightly wider, thinner and rounder, with fewer parts that jut out.

As with the first Capture, the Pro can be attached by hand, without tools. A small plate attaches to the camera's screw-in tripod mount (and will also fit on a tripod quick release), then it clips into the Pro's base plate. There is a release button, so the camera doesn't accidentally slip off, and a security lock will keep a camera on the mount even when the release is pressed.

Adam Saraceno, the marketing director for Peak Design, said the mount was sturdier than the first version, supporting over 200 pounds. Anyone have a 201-pound camera?

Two accessories are also in the works, to ship by September, the company said. One is the Pro Pad, which adds some support and padding for heavier cameras and slimmer straps. There is also a point-of-view mount that lets the Capture hold a small video camera, like a GoPro or a point-and-shoot, pointed forward on a chest strap for action video.

When Kickstarter financing is over, the list prices will be $60 for the Capture V2, $80 for the Capture Pro, and $30 each for the Pro Pad and POV mount, Mr. Saraceno said.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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