Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big camera strap test 2021. Here we present all the camera straps we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best camera strap for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a camera strap.




Summary

  • With a camera strap, your camera is always at hand and you don't have to rummage around in your backpack when a good subject presents itself for a photo. This way, your camera is always close at hand and you can prevent it from falling down and causing damage.
  • You can buy camera straps both in specialist shops and, of course, online. The selection is larger online and you can easily compare prices.
  • The cost depends on various factors, especially the material (polyester tends to be cheaper, leather more expensive). If you are looking for a special or exclusive design, you should expect to pay around 40 euros.

The Best Camera Strap: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a camera strap

What is a camera strap and what is it for?

With a camera strap, your camera is always at hand and you don't have to rummage around in your backpack when a good subject presents itself for a photo. This way you always have your camera at hand and never miss a shot.

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To prevent your camera from falling out of your hand, a camera strap is very useful and protects your camera from falling. (Free-Photos / pixabay.com)

The camera strap also serves to secure your SLR camera, system camera or bridge camera to your body. With the strap, it can no longer fall to the floor and you avoid damage to your camera.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of camera straps:

Advantages
  • Free hands when shooting
  • Camera is always at hand
  • Camera cannot be misplaced/forgotten
  • Camera is protected against dropping and theft
  • Good camera straps are already available at a very low price
Disadvantages
  • Some strap models can interfere when shooting
  • You quickly look like a tourist
  • Partially uncomfortable and friction on the neck

What types of camera straps are there?

What is the difference between a camera strap and a camera loop? When buying an attachment for your camera, you may be faced with the question of whether you should rather buy a camera strap or a camera loop? Both types have their advantages. A chest strap secures your equipment best when you are on the move. Here is an overview of all categories to help you decide:

Strap model Description
Shoulder strap The shoulder strap provides optimum protection for the camera and accessories - also against theft. When the strap is placed diagonally around the body, the camera and lens fit snugly against the side of the body. It is very comfortable for heavy cameras.
Camera strap Comparatively handy and unobtrusive. The hand strap is particularly suitable for longer shoots. It can be tightened on the wrist and holds the camera securely on the hand. The tripod can be quickly connected and the camera strap can also be used with a battery grip.
Camera hand strap The camera hand strap is put on like a glove. It is particularly suitable for heavy cameras or video cameras. It ensures that the device is always firmly in the hand and is therefore particularly secure. In addition, it does not restrict the photographer's mobility and the camera is immediately ready for use with it.

What material should a camera strap be made of?

Apart from the purely optical factor, the hard polyester strap can quickly rub against the neck and is very uncomfortable, especially in warm temperatures. However, it is correspondingly cheaper and is definitely sufficient if you are not constantly taking pictures.

A breathable leather camera strap, for example, fits snugly against your body. A leather strap is more expensive, but also more durable than a polyester strap. There are also neoprene straps. These are very soft and often have nubs to help hold the belt in place. What you ultimately choose is up to you and your preferences.

How much do camera straps cost?

The cost depends on various factors. If you attach great importance to a special or exclusive design, you should expect to pay around 40 euros.

The polyester camera strap is the cheapest category and starts at 3 euros. However, you can't expect much from the camera straps. To get a decent polyester strap, you shouldn't go for less than 15 euros.

A high-quality leather camera strap has its price, of course, but it is durable. Prices start at 30 euros.

Depending on whether it is also a brand product, it will be correspondingly more expensive. One of the most expensive leather straps is currently 150 euros.

Basically, however, you can assume the following prices:

model price
camera strap made of polyester from 15€
camera strap made of leather from 30€

How much weight can a camera strap withstand?

This varies greatly, but is always stated in the product description. It's best to weigh your camera before buying - if you have lenses, take them with you - and then decide which strap suits you and your camera.

Do not underestimate the weight of the camera and the strap load, as the strap can of course tear even if it weighs less than the product description. So don't use the maximum load weight to the full.

How do you attach a camera strap?

If a strap is attached to the tripod bracket, the camera fits snugly against the body, but the strap must be removed to use a tripod. Attachment to camera eyelets is less restrictive here.

If you are putting on a camera strap for the first time, a camera strap guide can be very helpful. A loosely attached strap can quickly give way under the weight of the camera and cause the camera to fall to the floor. Here are the steps for putting on a camera strap:

  1. Unfold the ends and pull the camera eyelets or lens thread or tripod thread
  2. Guide back in the direction of the buckle/clip and insert in the opposite direction
  3. Tighten securely
  4. Adjust to desired length

How do you wear a camera strap and what length should it be?

Shoulder straps are particularly popular because they can be worn across the back. Therefore, the strap should be at least one metre long, depending on your height. Carrying the camera over your shoulder protects it and especially the lens from bumps and theft. Camera straps give more flexibility, hand straps are used more for heavy lenses.

Decision: What types of camera straps are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of camera straps:

  • Shoulder strap
  • Camera strap
  • Camera hand strap

For each type, the shape of the strap and thus also the area of application are different, resulting in individual advantages and disadvantages. Which camera strap is the right one depends on the area of application as well as on the individual comfort requirements and preferences.

To help you decide and find the best camera strap for you, in the following section we present the different types of straps in more detail and list the advantages and disadvantages clearly.

How does a shoulder strap work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The shoulder strap is very popular among photographers because it secures the camera very well. The strap protects you from falling off as well as from theft, as the camera is carried very close to the body with this strap.

Shoulder straps can be worn on the side of the body, which makes carrying the camera very comfortable. Even heavier models can be carried for longer periods of time without any problems.

Advantages
  • Optimal protection
  • Very comfortable
  • Suitable for heavy cameras
Disadvantages
  • Camera must be held when carried

To prevent damage to the camera when carrying it, it should always be held by the lens when walking or taking photographs. This will prevent the camera from bumping or being damaged anywhere.

How does a camera strap work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Camera straps are straps that are attached to the wrist. With this model, the camera is constantly in your hand. For transport or during breaks from a shoot, the camera should be stowed in an extra bag.

The camera straps are very handy, which means that the camera is always ready for use and spontaneous photos can be taken. The straps are also very unobtrusive.

Advantages
  • Handy
  • Unobtrusive
  • Suitable for longer shoots
Disadvantages
  • Not ideal for heavy cameras

Photographers like to use the loops because they are not in the way even during longer shoots and the camera is always with them. However, care should be taken to ensure that the material of the strap is comfortable. In general, the thicker the strap, the more comfortable it is to wear.

With very heavy cameras that cannot be held in the hand for a long time, however, the camera strap is rather impractical. In this case, the strap would have to be opened completely every time the camera was put down.

How does a camera hand strap work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In order to offer a spontaneous and handy alternative for heavier cameras, so-called camera hand straps have been developed. They look like a glove and, thanks to their shape, offer a secure hold for the camera in the hand, which means that pictures are much less blurred.

The design of such loops makes it easier to carry heavy cameras and makes taking pictures more comfortable for the photographer. The close contact with the body also provides optimum protection for the camera against falls or theft.

Advantages
  • Suitable for heavy cameras
  • Optimal protection
  • Prevents shaking
Disadvantages
  • Very bulky
  • Hand is not free

The disadvantages of camera hand straps are, on the one hand, that this model is more conspicuous and may not appeal to some people in terms of design. On the other hand, the hand is always occupied by the camera and can never act freely during this time.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate camera straps based on these factors

Regardless of whether you have an SLR, a system camera or a bridge camera, a strap is usually already included to keep the camera safely dangling around your neck. However, there are many reasons to invest in an additional strap. Especially optically, alternative models have a lot to offer, not least because most of them do not have big brand names and are of higher quality.

Often the original camera straps that come with the camera are quite scratchy on the neck and also a bit too short for many tall people. So if you value design and quality, you should get a strap of your choice. For example, leather models go well with a retro camera and a colourful design will lift your spirits on holiday.

Of course, you should make your decision based on the criteria that are most important to you. In the following, we will explain to you which factors you should pay special attention to when buying a camera. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular harness is suitable for you or not. Here is a first overview:

  • Suitable for
  • Attachment
  • Material
  • Colour
  • Length / Width

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Suitable for

When buying a camera strap for your camera, you should first and foremost consider for which camera the respective strap is suitable. This is always stated in the description of the product. However, many camera straps are standardised anyway and are suitable for almost all camera types.

Did you know that a camera strap is versatile?

You can hang a camera strap around your neck or on your shoulders so you can use your hands for other things. Alternatively, there are of course wrist straps where the camera simply hangs on your wrist.

Attachment

A camera strap with a quick-release buckle that is easy to put on and holds securely is the easiest to use. Most of these straps have clips with a ball bearing inside. The camera remains flexible with the help of this and can easily be moved in different directions.

Camera straps can be fastened to the camera eyelets on the top of the apparatus. Some models can be attached to the tripod thread, which has the advantage that the strap does not hinder you when shooting on edge. You must remove the strap before using a tripod.

If you have a heavy camera, the strap should be attached to the lens thread in order to optimally balance the weight.

Material

If you are looking for an inexpensive camera strap, polyester or nylon products with plastic straps are more suitable. These are somewhat less durable, but are sufficient for occasional use in leisure activities. The breathable mesh inserts ensure a comfortable fit and prevent your hands or neck from sweating too much.

If a camera strap is padded, it absorbs shocks and makes carrying heavy cameras and lenses more comfortable. However, since the padding makes the camera protrude far from the body, many photographers do without shoulder pads and the like.

A leather camera strap is particularly durable and fits snugly against the upper body. It is also naturally breathable and prevents you from sweating underneath. Metal eyelets and clips are extra secure and prevent the camera and lens from coming loose.

Neoprene harnesses are inherently very soft and springy. They often have nubs on the inside, which prevents them from slipping back and forth.

Colour

Most of the camera straps are available in black. However, since they are very popular with professional photographers and for travelling, there are more and more designs of all kinds, some of them very crazy. So as far as colour and design are concerned, you have the full range of colours at your disposal.

Length / Width

The width could be decisive in how much a wider band cuts into your neck. It depends entirely on your preferences whether it should be wider or thinner. The length is a very important criterion when choosing a belt. You have to do a bit of calculating yourself about how tall you are and where you want the camera to hang. Camera straps are available in all widths and lengths.

Facts worth knowing about camera straps

How does Stiftung Warentest rate camera straps?

Unfortunately, Stiftung Warentest has not yet conducted a camera strap test. However, in the 2016 camera test, over 1500 digital cameras and their manufacturers were tested. The result: Panasonic, Nikon, Canon and Sony are front runners in all areas.

How can you clean a camera strap?

A leather camera strap should not be treated with water, if possible. You can, however, rub it gently with leather conditioner. A polyester camera strap can be wiped with a damp cloth or washed by hand with a gentle detergent.

What is special about the Spider camera strap?

Spider straps have a hip carrying system that is relatively similar to a saddle bag. With the camera straps, two cameras can thus be transported at once.

A safety lock protects against unauthorised access to the photo camera, but at the same time it can be quickly unlocked if you want to use the camera quickly. Spider camera straps are particularly popular with professional photographers, but are less practical for leisure use.

What are the best and most popular brands of camera straps?

Camera straps are offered by many manufacturers. If you are looking for a designer camera strap or a vintage model, you should look online. In technical shops, you will usually find straps from the well-known brands Canon, Nikon and Hama. A professional camera strap can usually be found in a photo shop. Here is an overview of the most popular manufacturers:

  • Hama
  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Spider
  • Crumpler
  • Peak Design
  • Kaiser
  • Hugu
  • Cam-In
  • Case Logic
  • Kalahari
  • LYNCA

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