How to Find the best camera straps

The Best Camera Straps for 2020

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Why picking the best camera strap is so important?

Here’s how it works. People always ask what’s the best camera to buy, what’s the best lens, filter or camera bag, with all of the technical considerations, but what’s the best camera strap? How to carry your camera if you don’t want to bring your backpack?

Camera straps are essential accessories for your long day shooting. They allow you to use both hands without putting your camera away and protect your gear from accidental drops. Most photographers own more than one strap for any situation. Picking the best camera strap that is also functional and why not better looking, can improve your shooting experience. 

How to Find the best camera straps
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In this post, you’ll find our top three best camera straps, our comparison table and a review for each item. Let’s get started!

Our Top 3 Picks

Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap Ash (CF-AS-3)
Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap SLL-BK-3 (Black)
USA Gear TrueSHOT Camera Strap with Black Neoprene Pattern, Accessory Pockets and Quick Release Buckles - Compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony and More DSLR, Mirrorless, Instant Cameras
Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap
Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap
USA Gear TrueSHOT Camera Strap
Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap Ash (CF-AS-3)
Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap
Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap SLL-BK-3 (Black)
Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap
USA Gear TrueSHOT Camera Strap with Black Neoprene Pattern, Accessory Pockets and Quick Release Buckles - Compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony and More DSLR, Mirrorless, Instant Cameras
USA Gear TrueSHOT Camera Strap

Best Camera Straps Quick Buyer’s Recommendation

Before choosing your camera strap, remember to consider the following characteristics:

  • strap material,
  • type of attachment,
  • how many cameras can the camera strap hold?
  • is it a neck, wrist or shoulder strap?

The Best Camera Straps

Here’s my complete list of the highest-quality straps on the market for you this year:

RucPac Slide Camera Strap

RucPac Slide Camera Strap

I’ve recently had the chance to try the Slide camera strap from RucPac. This multi-use cross-body, neck, and shoulder camera strap is ideal for bulky DSLRs with a pro lens.

The wide camera strap helps to disperse the weight of the heavier cameras with pro telephoto lens. Made of reversible seatbelt material on one side and silicone grips on the other, the Slide camera neck strap comes in four different color combinations, black/black, black/gold, gray/gold, and black/gray. I have the black/black color.

I’ve used it cross-body to hold my mirrorless camera with a big telephoto lens mounted, during a long walk, and for several hours. I didn’t have to keep switching the position of the strap from one side of my body to the other.

Key features:
– Very comfortable material
– Holds all cameras with a heavy lens
– Great price

Leather Presidio Camera Strap From Ona

Leather Presidio Camera Strap From Ona

One of the most comfortable camera straps on the market today. Stylish, sustainable and handcrafted strap from the New York City-based Ona, the Leather Presidio is made of premium waxed canvas and leather.

It’s not a cheap strap, but the build quality and design are indisputable. The Neoprene-padded neckline maintains its shape thanks to the coating even under temperature fluctuations.

This makes it really adapt to outdoors and landscape photography. The Neoprene coating makes it water-resistant and this strap can easily hold heavy cameras.

Key features:
– Neckline padding in Neoprene
– Stylish vintage design
– Holds all cameras even very heavy ones

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

Peak Design Slide

The Peak Design Slide is a really versatile camera strap.

It’s a seatbelt-style strap that can be worn as a sling, neck or shoulder strap. The Slide features the so loved unique (and proprietary) snap-on method by Peak Design.

And the best part is, I own this strap and I really like how easy it is to quickly adjust its length and how well it adapts over clothing thanks to a grippy side that prevents slipping when in shoulder mode.

Key features:
– Very comfortable thanks to internally-padded webbing
– Very versatile thanks to the quick-pull adjusters
– Holds all cameras even very heavy ones

Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap (New Design)

Top 3 Best Camera straps Peak Design wrist strap

The tiny Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap is a very elegant solution to hold your camera with style.

It can be worn as a bracelet, very unobtrusive, it helps to protect your camera from accidental drops with a secure connection typical of Peak Design.

But that’s not all, the Peak Design camera wrist strap supports light and heavy cameras with the reliable Peak Design connectors of the new generation and it comes in two colors.

I’ve recently bought the black one even though at first I was liking the brown one. Things change.

Key features:
– Can be worn as a bracelet for easy storage
– New design with improved padding
– Premium nylon webbing material and comes in two colors

Spider Pro 2 Camera Holster V2

Spider Pro 2 Camera Holster V2

This very peculiar camera strap is a hip holster system that allows you to have a free upper body when carrying your camera and avoid neck or back pain when carrying heavy camera systems.

The Spider Pro 2 Camera Holster is very durable and allows smooth operations thanks to the lack of straps. Padded for comfort the Spider Holster allows you speed of operations even with longer lenses.

I’m not a huge fan of the “gunman” style, but this is a tool used by many professionals.

Key features:
– Good for active shooting situations
– Very comfortable
– Very secure locking system

Black Rapid Curve Breathe

Black Rapid Curve Breathe

Popular for their camera sling straps, Black Rapid has created some very innovative products. This ergonomic shoulder pad is suitable for mirrorless cameras and lighter DSLRs.

It uses the FasteneR connector for locking the camera from underneath and positioning it upside down against your waist allowing for rapid use.

The Black Rapid Curve Breathe is a well-padded and comfortable camera sling strap, with a curvy and flexible design, it’s more adapt for thin-framed photographers. It can be used with the including Stabilizing Strap for improved stability and reliability.

Key features:
– Fast and easy access
– Removable breathe stabilizing strap
– Nylon pouch for storage and transport

Holdfast Camera Swagg

Holdfast Camera Swagg

Do you shoot with two cameras? Then you need a Camera Swagg! This is not a new entry in the game, but it’s probably one of the best dual camera straps available.

It’s really fashionable, despite its visible presence, very typical of Holdfast products. This product is a non-leather version of the legendary MoneyMaker.

It’s made of 100% High-Grade Cotton and comes with two Camera Holdfasts. Available in 4 different colors, this stylish and lightweight DSLR strap is perfect for those professional photographers that need great versatility and style at the same time.

Key features:
– Holds two cameras
– Made of high-grade cotton
– Fashionable and comfortable

DSPTCH Camera Sling

DSPTCH Camera Sling

The rugged DSPTCH Sling Camera strap comes in several different colors.

Designed to hold mirrorless cameras and lenses and it offers two series of quick-release connectors for quickly detaching your camera from the strap.

It has an adjustable length of 36” to 48” and it’s designed to be lightweight yet durable and strong. It comes with Round and Flat cord connectors for universal mounting and it has a lifetime guarantee with DSPTCH.

Key features:
– Lightweight and durable
– Extendable
– Quick-release connectors

Peak Design Slide Lite

best camera strap Peak Design Lite

The Peak Design Lite has the amazing versatility of the Peak Design Slide but in a smaller and lighter version.

This thin but ultra-resistant camera neck strap is suited for both mirrorless and small DSLRs. It can be worn as a sling, neck or shoulder strap and it’s made of the same material as the slide: Seatbelt-style nylon webbing with a gripping side to avoid accidental drops when in shoulder strap mode and a smooth side to adapt top your clothings.

Usual unique and innovative Peak Design connector system that provides extreme stability and reliability. The best one in this list in my opinion, and my next buy.

Key features:
– Very comfortable thanks to internally-padded webbing
– Very versatile thanks to the quick-pull adjusters
– Smaller and lighter than the Slide

Peak Design Capture Pro

Peak Design Capture Pro

The Peak Design Capture Pro is a GoPro mount that works with all GoPro models as well as Contour, Sony, Garmin, and popular action camera. I’ve ordered one and can’t wait to try it. It’s a quick-release mount adaptable to any backpack strap or waist belt.

Really useful for when you’re hiking around or for adventure photography and situations where you need to carry a second camera without having a bigger strap hanging from your shoulder.

Key features:
– Adaptable to any belt, backpack strap or waist belt
– It works with all GoPros and major action cameras
– Very small, it holds also heavy cameras

Altura Photo Rapid Fire Camera Strap

Altura Photo Rapid Fire

This rugged camera strap features a pretty big auxiliary pocket for extra memory cards, battery, and small documents. Very well padded and anti-slip gives you a nice firm padded grip.

The double locking mechanism avoids the camera to bounce around when walking. The attachment base complete of a stainless steel connector goes underneath the camera on the tripod connector so as to make the body of your mirrorless or DSLR to rest upside down.

Now, this is important, Rapid Fire also added a Rapid Fire safety tether to be attached to the standard side connection of your camera and with a quick clamping system gets linked to the strap itself. Not a big fan of this solution, but it improves the stability quite a lot.

Key features:
– Big auxiliary pocket for extra storage
– Rugged material
– Rapid Fire safety tether

Joby Wrist Strap

Joby Wrist Strap

Why not include a wrist strap to this list? For fearless adventurers. Made of ABS plastic and nylon webbing, the Joby Wrist Strap is suited for small compact cameras, small micro four thirds, but also heavy DSLRs with pro lenses.

I only read about this wrist strap, but I’d really like to try it out. According to my research, it’s very comfortable and can easily be taken to your adventures thanks also to its flexibility and easiness to adjust.

As a respectable wrist strap should behave the Joby Wrist strap automatically tightens if you accidentally lose grip of your camera, so you can feel pretty comfortable with it.

Key features:
– Really light but very resistant and durable
– Designed to automatically tighten if the camera is dropped
– Built to hold the heaviest cameras

TrueSHOT Camera Strap

The USA GEAR TrueSHOT features two accessory pockets and side pouches to allow you to store extra batteries, lens caps and more.

Perfect for carrying any camera, the strap connects to the camera pre-existing connectors. The quick disconnect buckles on both sides allow for easy and convenient removal.

Made in neoprene for a comfortable stretch system, conform to the body to help reduce fatigue.

It’s available in multiple patterns for those who enjoy a more fashionable look.

Key features:
– Extra storage
– Neoprene stretch system
– Quick disconnect buckles for easy release

Cotton Carrier G3 1 Camera Harness

Cotton Carrier G3 1

The Cotton Carrier G3 1 Camera Harness is made for action photographers and for when you need to hold your heavy camera system for very long hours.

The aim of this harness is to take the strain off of your neck and allow you to have your hands free without the need of controlling the camera position at every step you take when your walking or moving around and not using your camera.

The twist and lock mechanism keeps the camera always ready.

Key features:
– Made of top materials, built to last
– Made for all cameras
– Quick-release belt with high-speed cinch straps

Peak Design Leash Camera Strap

Peak Design Leash

The redesigned Peak Design Leash is a very refined product compared to its predecessor.

It features a really nice webbing material, very comfortable on the neck, slim anchor housings, and very robust and ultra-slim dual adjusters. This super versatile strap comes in Charcoal and Ash with brown leather detail.

It comes with a brand new anchor mount that allows the Leash to be attached to the bottom of your camera for extra options to attach the strap.

The new Peak design anchors allow easier attaching and detaching, being thinner than the old ones, but they still provide excellent reliability even when used to hold the heaviest gear. It can be used as a neck, shoulder and sling strap thanks to its multiple configuration attachment.

Key features:
– Multi attachment configuration
– New Design
– Holds light and heavy camera bodies

Altura Photo Rapid Fire Camera Hand Strap

Altura Photo Rapid Fire Camera Hand Strap

The really popular Altura Photo Rapid Fire Camera Hand Strap is very simple, comfortable and strong at a really great price.

Comfortable around the wrist, it stays out of your way when taking photos. Made in neoprene and it supports medium and pro-sized DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Adjustable fit for different wrist sizes and it features a versatile interchangeable quick release system for different needs and camera weights. Not compatible with eyelet openings smaller than 5mm.

Key features:
– 2 Alternate connectors
– Adjustable length
– Soft padded and strong neoprene material

Tarion Camera Shoulder Neck Strap

Tarion Camera Shoulder Neck Strap

The vintage-looking Tarion Camera Shoulder Neck strap is made of durable Cotton Yard and PU.

This strap is made for those who want to spend very little, but still, get a nice looking and functional strap.

The anti-slip surface helps to prevent accidental drops. The strap fits all brands of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Key features:
– Price. One of the less expensive in this list
– Vintage style

Moment Rope Neck Strap

Moment Rope

The Moment Rope Neck Strap is the solution to carry your phone or big camera.

It’s fully adjustable thanks to the leather slip knots and it can be used as a neck or crossbody strap. Made with leather, it comes in different lengths and presents a quick-release system that makes it really easy to use.

Key features:
– American-made Horween leather
– Quick release system
– Fully adjustable

Think Tank Camera Strap V2

This camera strap is simple yet very capable of supporting mirrorless and DSLRs bodies with heavy pro lenses.

The Think Tank Camera Strap V2 of the U.S. based manufacturer is an unobtrusive camera neck strap, very strong and durable. It features a grippy silicone surface on both sides to adapt to your clothing and avoid accidental drops when in shoulder mode.

Available in two colors, this is a very portable strap used by many professionals.

Key features:
– Non-slip silicone on both sides
– Small and portable
– Also attaches to Think Tank backpacks

Best Camera Straps: Summary Table

Preview Product
RucPac Slide Camera Strap (Black/Black) RucPac Slide Camera Strap (Black/Black)
ONA - The Presidio - Camera Strap - Dark Truffle Leather (ONA023LDB) ONA - The Presidio - Camera Strap - Dark Truffle Leather (ONA023LDB)
Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap SL-BK-3 (Black) Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap SL-BK-3 (Black)
Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap Ash (CF-AS-3) Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap Ash (CF-AS-3)
Spider Holster - SpiderPro Dual Camera System v2 - The Professional Carry System for x2 DSLR Cameras with Long Lenses and Heavy Gear! Spider Holster - SpiderPro Dual Camera System v2 - The Professional Carry System for x2 DSLR Cameras...
BlackRapid Curve Breathe, Original Camera Sling Design, with Extra FR-5, Strap for DSLR, SLR and Mirrorless Cameras BlackRapid Curve Breathe, Original Camera Sling Design, with Extra FR-5, Strap for DSLR, SLR and...
HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker Two-Camera Harness, Bridle Leather, Medium, Chestnut HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker Two-Camera Harness, Bridle Leather, Medium, Chestnut
DSPTCH Standard Camera Sling Strap - Olive DSPTCH Standard Camera Sling Strap - Olive
Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap SLL-BK-3 (Black) Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Strap SLL-BK-3 (Black)
Peak Design Capture P.O.V. Action Camera Mount Peak Design Capture P.O.V. Action Camera Mount
Altura Photo Rapid Fire Camera Neck Strap w/Quick Release and Safety Tether Altura Photo Rapid Fire Camera Neck Strap w/Quick Release and Safety Tether
JOBY Wrist Strap for DSLR and Mirrorless Professional Cameras. JOBY Wrist Strap for DSLR and Mirrorless Professional Cameras.
USA Gear TrueSHOT Camera Strap with Black Neoprene Pattern, Accessory Pockets and Quick Release Buckles - Compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony and More DSLR, Mirrorless, Instant Cameras USA Gear TrueSHOT Camera Strap with Black Neoprene Pattern, Accessory Pockets and Quick Release...
Cotton Carrier CCS G3 Camera Harness System for One Camera - Grey Cotton Carrier CCS G3 Camera Harness System for One Camera - Grey
Peak Design Leash Camera Strap (L-BL-3) Peak Design Leash Camera Strap (L-BL-3)
Camera Wrist Strap - Rapid Fire Heavy Duty Safety Wrist Strap by Altura Photo w/ 2 Alternate Connections for Use w/Large DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras Camera Wrist Strap - Rapid Fire Heavy Duty Safety Wrist Strap by Altura Photo w/ 2 Alternate...
TARION Camera Shoulder Neck Strap Vintage Belt for All DSLR Camera Nikon Canon Sony Pentax Classic White and Brown Weave TARION Camera Shoulder Neck Strap Vintage Belt for All DSLR Camera Nikon Canon Sony Pentax Classic...
Moment - Rope Camera Strap for DSLR Cameras, Mirrorless, Phones - Black/Natural Premium Leather Moment - Rope Camera Strap for DSLR Cameras, Mirrorless, Phones - Black/Natural Premium Leather
Think Tank Photo Camera Strap V2.0 (Black/Gray) Think Tank Photo Camera Strap V2.0 (Black/Gray)

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