Finding the right Camera Wrist Strap for your SLR, DSLR or Mirrorless camera isn’t the easiest thing. Wether you’re going the traditional route and checking out brick and mortar photo stores (or your local box store) or browsing through endless lists online – it seems like your flooded with choices. Before you go off and buy the first best Camera Wrist Strap that you see – lets try and pinpoint what exactly you’re looking for and find the best wrist strap for you.
If you’ve already got a good idea what kind of wrist strap you’re looking for, feel free to skip over the “Before you buy” section and jump directly to the Wrist Strap Shortlist.
Before you buy a Camera Wrist Strap
Try and answer these 2 Questions:
• What kind of camera are you planning on attaching to your wrist strap?
• What kind of activities are you planning on doing with your camera attached to your wrist?
The answers to these 2 questions determine if and what wrist strap is the best choice for you. Heres a quick breakdown of a few very important factors that you need to consider:
Weight: Quite possibly the single most important factor when it comes to camera wrist straps. How heavy is the camera that you want to attach the wrist strap to? While Rangefinders, Mirrorless and Point and Shoot Cameras don’t traditionally weigh much – your DSLR does. Having 2 pounds (or a kilo’s) worth of electronics dangling from your wrist for an extended period of time is going to get very uncomfortable very quickly. Of course this doesn’t mean that you cant use a wrist strap for your DSLR, it just means that you need to find a strap which suits that purpose best.
Fastening Placement: Look at your camera and see where the wrist strap attaches to the camera body. Rangefinders tend to have a nice little ring that you can attach a loop to, while point and shoot cameras have a tiny small metal loop that you have to thread the strap string through. DSLRs have flat tabs that you can easily feed larger straps through. Not every wrist strap fits every camera type.
Length: Depending on the type of camera you have, you’ll need differently long wrist straps. Mirrorless cameras are quite compact, and your hand needs lees space to reach all the necessary buttons. A DSLR camera or something of a similar size often requires the full dexterity of your hand (especially if you’re trying to adjust a lens with the strap hand) – which means your camera wrist strap needs to have a little more slack. Of course you’ll also need to consider personal preference – some people simply prefer to have a slightly longer strap.
Materials: What your camera wrist strap is made of determines how much weight it can hold, as well as how comfortable and durable its going to be. It can also limit (or enhance) what kind of activity you’re trying to take part in (think of waterproof straps)
Wrist Attachment: How the wrist strap attaches to your wrist is just as important as how it attaches to your camera. Is it just a simple loop or hang-mans noose? Does it use velcro? can you adjust the tightness of the wrist attachment? You don’t want to cut off the blood flow in your wrist or have the camera slip off by accident.
Design: Probably the biggest deciding factor when it comes to camera wrist straps. Every style of strap has pros and cons. Looking for a nice vintage style strap? Well chances are you’re going to get a thin leather strap. It looks nice and its durable, but your’e going to have to compromise on carrying weight and comfort. Make sure to weigh out the options of what you want and what type of activity your planning on doing.
The Best Camera Wrist Straps Shortlist
Peak Design Cuff Best All-Arounder
TARION Wrist Strap Best Price – Value
ONA The Kyoto The Pricey One
Techion Braided 550 Paracord The Cheap One
Nordic Flash Floating Wrist Strap The Action Strap
A closer look at each Camera Wrist Strap
Looking for a bit more in depth information and some pros and cons of each wrist strap? Just scroll on down and check out our condensed reviews below.
The Best All-Arounder
- Adjustable wrist cuff
- Extremely durable
- Holds up to 200 lbs (90 kg)
- Fits most camera models
- Lifetime Warranty
- Slightly thick strap
- Wrist strap can be tricky to loosen
- Rather monotone design
Peak Design strap is a well known brand thats on virtually every camera strap list – and for a good reason. The Peak Design Cuff was released in 2018 still holds its own. It’s rated to hold heavy DSLRs but its also small and light enough for your point and shoot cameras. A definite plus is the adjustable wrist strap, which ensures that the strap doesn’t slip off your wrist. The strap has a good length, allowing even the largest hands full dexterity. Its rather bland design isn’t everyones cup of tea, and not everyone is a fan of the Nylon and Dyneema strap (what seatbelts are made of) – but it is durable and comes with a lifetime warranty. Overall a very solid solid choice.
The Best Price – Value
- Great Price
- Quality Material
- Nice “vintage” design
- Perfect for Rangefinders and smaller cameras
- Not ideal for DSLRs
- Not ideal to wear for long hours
One of our favorite entries in this list – the TARION Wrist Strap ticks quite a few of our boxes when it comes to wrist straps. Its made of Yak Leather and stainless steel, so its definitely made to last. Its also a great looking sleek strap, and makes a perfect pair for any smaller camera. While there are cheaper wrist straps out there on Alibaba etc. – few of them can match the material quality and design of the TARION. The TARION Wrist Strap comes in different sizes – the larger you go the more weight it can hold. And you can even pick out a color for the accented cord at the end. We wouldn’t recommend hanging your DSLR from this (you can though), and due to the leather strap you’ll be feeling a bit of strain on your wrist after a long day.
The Pricey One
- Made full-grain premium leather
- Long lasting and durable
- Comfortable to wear
- Relatively pricey
- Some feel the strap is too long
- No fixed mechanism to hold strap to wrist
We love the look and feel of the ONA The Kyoto wrist strap. ONA fashion a whole host of camera products and they are most known for their premium leather bags. Their wrist and camera straps are actually made of the off cuts from the bags – a nice “recycling” touch. While the Kyoto is definitely on the higher price scale when it comes to wrist straps, you can feel the quality, and longer sessions don’t wear out your wrist. A down side is the lack of a fastening mechanism to your wrist, meaning you’re going to have to watch out that the strap doesn’t slip off your wrist.
The Cheap One
- Clean and functional look
- Adjustable wrist strap
- Very cheap price
- Multiple color options
- Some can underestimate the length of the strap
- Adjustable strap sometimes comes loose
The super budget option when it comes to wrist straps. At only $8, the Techion Braided 550 Paracord is for all those that are looking for a decently secure camera strap with a minimal budget. The Paracord has a nice adjustable wrist strap, though some reviewers mention that it can come loose. The Paracord comes in a whole host of colors, so it’s a good choice for those who want a more fashionable camera wrist strap. While the Paracord is rated to hold up to 10lbs of camera gear, we would recommend using lighter cameras with this one.
The Action Strap
- 2 for 1 Wrist Straps
- Comes in multiple colors
- Suitable for action cameras and smartphones as well
- The material is porous and takes a while to dry
- Limited floating weight
- Not suitable for DSLRs
There are a lot of knock-offs floatable wrist straps online, but the Nordic Flash Waterproof Camera Float is the original. It’s an affordable waterproof wrist strap that if for some reason come loose wont sink your camera to the bottom of the ocean, lake or river. The main drawback with this strap is though that it has a very limited floating weight. Anything over 7 oz. will let it sink. Despite this, it’s a comfortable strap that you can wear all day – and again its waterproof. If you’re looking for a wrist strap that you don’t have to worry about getting wet, this is the one for you.back to menu ↑
We hope you’ve find this listicle useful. If you have a suggestion or a tip for another camera wrist strap that we’ve missed out on and should have a look at and include, just drop us a comment bellow. If you didn’t find a wrist strap that you liked, why not check out our other Camera Straps listicle and see if you can find the right strap for your camera there.