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PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System Collection Review

PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System Collection Review

P1010045 | 1/80 sec | f/3.2 | 28.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Quick Verdict

The PGYTECH Snaplock System offers a varied and useful collection of accessories that are compatible with a wide range of photography kit. Thanks to features such as ‘push to install’, the accessories are really easy and quick to use. Plus, the anti-loosening design of the plate accessories brings peace of mind that your camera is safe and secure in use. There’s definitely a quick-release accessory for every type of photographer in this collection.

+ Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick to install
  • Secure
  • Lightweight
  • Good build quality
  • Widely compatible  

– Cons

  • MultipleSnapLock Plate Adapters/Plates needed to make the most of the system (if you have multiple cameras)
  • Some cameras/lenses feel heavy on the Beetle Camera Clip

 

PGYTECH has introduced a line-up of accessories for photographers, vloggers and smartphoneographers who are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to carry and use their cameras. The PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System features a SnapLock Plate Adapter, SnapLock Beetle Came Clip, Action Camera SnapLock Plate, SnapLock NANO Sviwil and Tilt Mount so it seems there’s an accessory for everyone but are they any good? We’ve been putting them to the test to find out. 

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Features

As mentioned above, the PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System features four main accessories and if you take a look at the PGYTECH website, you’ll notice there’s also a Snaplock Plate Nano and a Snaplock Reverse Ball Head, however, we’re not reviewing these two accessories today. 

We’ll take a look at each of the products individually as they’re all slightly different even though they’re part of the same collection. 

 

Beetle Camera Clip 

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The Beetle Camera Clip removes the need for you to hold your camera or have it around your neck on a strap when it’s not in use. The Beetle Camera Clip enables you to quickly mount and lock your camera securely onto a bag strap or belt and to remove it ready for action, all you have to do is press a button. There’s even a lock so it won’t accidentally come undone when walking and the back features anti-slip rubber so it holds onto a strap more securely. 

An Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock plate is used in conjunction with the Bettle Camera Clip which means it’s compatible with various devices and the plate features a patented tight-fitting screw to prevent it from coming loose. You can also fasten your camera to the SnapLock plate in any direction so when you’re using a heavier lens, you can mount it horizontally to distribute weight better. 

The main body of the clip is made from an aluminium alloy so it’s strong but lightweight and its size means it easily fits in a pocket. 

Key Features: 

  • Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock quick release camera plate
  • Attaches to most backpack straps or belts
  • Hands-free carrying 
  • Easy to clamp design
  • Installation in any direction
  • Patented tight-fitting screw
  • Pocket size, easy to carry
  • Aluminium alloy construction

 

Snaplock Plate Adapter

P1010050 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Snaplock Plate Adapter makes mounting cameras to tripods and other accessories as easy as one click. The SnapLock Plate Adapter’s mounting base uses a clamp that locks by itself rather than a knob you have to tighten manually which means you can mount the SnapLock Plate, used throughout this collection, in one simple step. There’s also a button you can press to ensure the system won’t unlock itself. 

An Arca-Swiss interface on the side as well as 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes found on the bottom, make the Snaplock Plate Adapter compatible with a wide range of gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.

Key Features: 

  • Multifunctional interfaces for wide compatibility
  • Patented SnapLock System
  • One-step attachment 
  • The square SnapLock Plate allows you to quickly mount it in any direction
  • Pocket size, easy to carry
  • Aluminium alloy construction

 

Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount

P1010057 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
 

For those who need a mount that offers more fluidity, the Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount can swivel 360-degrees and tilts through 180-degrees with adjustable damping so operation is smooth. As with all of the products in this range, this accessory features patented technology (PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem) that allows the user to quickly and easily mount/dismount gear. There’s an extra lock to ensure your camera is securely attached and a square cold shoe mount can be quickly attached in any direction. The patented 1/4” screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contains a patented screw, which prevents it from loosening. 

The Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount can be used with monitors and it also functions as a mini tripod head so you can connect a smartphone or camera to the device (tripod not included). 

Key Features: 

  • 360° swivelling and 180° tilting
  • PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem allows you to easily (dis)mount your gear
  • The extra lock ensures your gear is securely fastened to the mount
  • A square cold shoe mount can be quickly snapped on in any direction
  • The patented 1/4” screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place
  • The cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contains a patented screw, which prevents it from undoing
  • Multifunctional interface for wide compatibility 

 

Action Camera Snaplock Plate Arca-Swiss

P1010059 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 33.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Action Camera Snaplock Plate, as the name suggests, is for Action Cameras and it features a ball head structure for swivelling (360-degrees) and tilting (32-degrees). It features PGYTECH’s quick-release pin so mounting/dismounting an action camera is easy – simply unlock the pin then rotate it 90-degrees to lock/unlock the pin. 

The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible so you can use it with tripods or PGYTECH’s Beatle Camera Clip and the universal interface as well as the 1/4”-20 conversion adapter makes the Action Camera Snaplock Plate widely compatible with many popular action cameras from brands such as GoPro and DJI. 

The base of the plate and the ball head are made from aluminium which means it’s light and the size makes it easy to carry around. 

Key Features:

  • Ball head structure
  • A Quick-release pin allows you to instantly (dis)mount your gear
  • The universal interface and the 1/4”-20 conversion adapter for wide compatibility
  • The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible
  • Aluminium alloy construction

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Handling & Performance

P1010029 | 1/125 sec | f/3.5 | 30.0 mm | ISO 200
 

All of the accessories on review that are found in the PGYTECH Snaplock System are compact in size and lightweight which means they easily fit in a camera bag or even a pocket for easy transportation. They’re also made really well with the aluminium alloy feeling reassuringly strong and all components fitting well. Lock buttons are easy to push and give peace of mind that your camera isn’t going to fall off the mount it’s attached to. We also like the rubberised textures that give the accessories extra grip when attached to a camera and/or strap. 

The anti-loosening design of the plate brings reassurance that your kit is safe (PGY even provide Alun keys so you can tighten the bolt easily) and the simple ‘push-to-install’ system the plate and adapter offers makes the mounting/dismounting of gear quick.

 

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You don’t have to worry about the direction you fit the SnapLock Plate in either as the square shape means you can quickly mount it in any direction. It also uses the Arca-Swiss standardized size, which is compatible with most Arca-Swiss plates. Also Arca-Swiss compatible is the SnapLock Mounting Base with 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes so you can use the device with a wide variety of gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.

 

P1010048 | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200
 

If you own multiple cameras and supports, one slight snag is that you would need to purchase multiple SnapLock Plate Adapters or Plates so you can switch from sliders to tripods or swap cameras easily. If, however, you have one camera and one tripod, you’ll find the SnapLock Plate Adapter system so easy to use and it really does save time. It’s one of the easiest quick release plate systems we’ve used with a simple press of a button releasing the camera from the support. The plate also easily slides/clicks into place and feels incredibly secure. If you use the Alun key to tighten the plate to your camera there’s no movement once it’s in the SnapLcok Mounting Base and the extra lock gives double reassurance that your camera is safe.  

 

P1010056 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount is an ideal accessory for vloggers as it can be attached to a handheld tripod as the 1/4”-20 screw hole on the bottom and the 1/4”-20 screw on the top enable it to function as a mini tripod head. It also features the square mount design so you can quickly mount it in any direction and use the built-in push button to make sure it’s secure. For further peace of mind, the SnapLock Nano plate’s 1/4”-20 screw and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contain a patented screw with a mini thrust needle roller bearing so you can fix the plate or cold shoe mount securely in place. 

Once your camera is secure, you can swivel and tilt the mount and the damping means you can adjust the swivel up to 360-degrees and the tilt up to 180-degrees smoothly. 

 

P1010061 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 33.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Also designed for action cameras is the Action Camera SnapLock Plate which features a ball head that enables 360°swiveling and 32° tilting so you can lock it in various positions. The handy quick-release pin features so you can quickly and easily mount/dismount gear to it and it’s also compatible with multiple action cameras so a wider variety of customers will be able to purchase and use the adapter. The square shape is, again, Arca-Swiss compatible and it can be used with Arca-type tripod heads or the PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip so you can capture footage on the move hands-free.

 

P1010030 | 1/100 sec | f/3.5 | 17.0 mm | ISO 200
 

The Beetle Camera Clip is the final device in our collection of Snaplock System accessories and it’s a device you can fasten to your backpack strap or belt to secure your camera to when it’s not in use. It’s designed to relieve pressure on your neck as you don’t need a camera strap and it keeps your hands free for the setting up of tripods etc. Basically, this device provides a quick-access solution to your camera when you don’t want to stow it away. 

Mounting and locking the camera in place is really easy as there are no knobs to twist/secure, instead, you just press one button to slide the plate in/out which moves smoothly. The same button doubles up as a lock to keep the plate in place when mounted to the clip. 

 

20211013 095921 | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 5.4 mm | ISO 125
 

To secure the clip to a strap or belt, you need to lift the small handle which is reassuringly stiff and lifts with a ‘click’. You’ll then see there are 3 steps (PGYTECH call them gears) that allow different strap thicknesses to be secured. A strap up to 75mm wide with a maximum thickness of 15mm and a minimum thickness of 1mm thick can be used with the Beetle Camera Clip. Once over your strap/belt, you resecure the lock you lifted up to hold the device in place. 

The Bettle Camera Clip does hold a camera/lens well but it did take us a while to trust it simply because we’re so used to using a camera strap. You can feel the weight when using longer lenses and we did find ourselves reaching to hold the camera at first but after a while, we did stop doing this. After getting used to the system, we soon found ourselves comfortably walking around, hands-free and with no camera banging around on a strap. Plus, it’s really easy to get the camera off the clip when needed as all you have to do is switch the lock, press it in and pull your camera off the clip. We found it equally secure when using either a backpack strap or belt to fasten it to but sitting the camera horizontally rather than vertically when on a bag strap does help distribute weight better. 

The SnapLock plate the clip is compatible with does grip a camera well, with the patented tight-fitting screw doing exactly what it’s designed to do, too. 

 

Value For Money

The accessories in the PGYTECH Snaplock System have the following prices:

You’ll also need a Snaplock Plate if not purchasing it in a set with the Beetle Camera Clip or Snaplock Plate Adapter which is priced at $14.90. 

All of the products are rather reasonably priced but if you did want to purchase multiple plates or adapters, the cost could soon start adding up. These prices also don’t take custom fees, VAT, duty and tax you may have to pay into consideration – please check before purchasing. 

Alternative camera clips include the Capture Camera Clip from Peak Design priced at just over £50 while various Arca-swiss quick-release plates are available on Amazon ranging in prices along with various plate adapters

For more opinions on photography accessories, have a look at our reviews

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Verdict

All of the accessories are really easy to use, are well made and will securely hold your camera but to get the most out of the Snaplock Plate Adapter functionality, you’ll need to purchase multiple adapters if you have different supports or buy multiple Snaplock Plates if you have more than one camera so you can quickly swap them in and out of use. However, those who own just one camera and support don’t have to worry about this so will find the system does speed up workflow and makes connecting/disconnecting a camera to a support really easy. 

The action camera accessories offer smooth panning and tilting while the Beetle Clip is a useful way to keep your hands free and your neck more comfortable when not taking photos. 

Thanks to features such as ‘push to install’, the accessories are really easy and quick to use. Plus, the anti-loosening design of the plate accessories brings peace of mind that your camera is safe and secure in use.

Overall, the PGYTECH Snaplock System offers a varied and useful collection of accessories that are compatible with a wide range of photography kit which means there’s definitely a quick-release accessory for every type of photographer in this collection.

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick to install
  • Secure
  • Lightweight
  • Good build quality
  • Widely compatible 

 

PGYTECH Snaplock System Cons

  • MultipleSnapLock Plate Adapters/Plates needed to make the most of the system (if you have multiple cameras)
  • Some cameras/lenses feel heavy on the Beetle Camera Clip

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PGYTECH Introduce SnapLock Quick Release System Collection

PGYTECH Introduce SnapLock Quick Release System Collection

PGYTECH want to make the photo-taking process more efficient with the introduction of various new mounts and adapters.

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Accessories

PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip

 

PGYTECH has a new line-up of accessories which includes a SnapLock Plate Adapter, SnapLock Beetle Came Clip, Action Camera SnapLock Plate, SnapLock NANO Sviwil and Tilt Mount.

The accessories are part of the PGYTECH SnapLock system designed for photographers, vloggers and smartphoneographers who are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to carry and use their cameras. 

 

PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip

PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip

  • You don’t need to hold your camera all the time, just attach it to your straps to free your hands and enjoy your trip. The Beetle Camera Clip also helps to relieve pressure on your neck and to increase your comfort.
  • The Beetle Camera Clip enables you to quickly mount and lock your camera without having to push any buttons. Taking out your camera is as easy as pushing one button. It even locks extra securely to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
  • We got rid of the tedious traditional knob and use a clip that you can attach to your strap instantly and very securely. The adjustable buckle enables you to attach your camera to most straps.
  • The Beetle Camera Clip uses the Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock plate. You can use the plate to mount different Arca-type equipment to meet all your creative needs.
  • The SnapLock plate lets you install your camera in any direction instantly. The camera mount direction can be adjusted according to the camera lens size.
  • The SnapLock Plate uses a patented tight-fitting screw containing a thrust needle roller bearing, which ensures the plate doesn’t get undone. It mounts the camera very securely.
  • Fits PGYTECH’s Action Camera SnapLock Plate perfectly.
  • Support most DSLRs, action cameras, card machines, mirrorless cameras.
  • The use of anti-slip rubber material in the inner part offers a snug and secure hold for your strap, eliminating the worry of clip movement.
  • Pocket size, easy to carry

Price: $59 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

 

PGYECH Action Camera SnapLock Plate

PGYECH Action Camera SnapLock Plate

 

  • The ball head structure enables 360°swiveling and 32° tilting for perfect shots.
  • The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible. Fits PGYTECH’s Beatles Camera Clip or different Arca-type tripod heads perfectly.
  • The universal interface and the 1/4”-20 screw conversion adapter enables compatibility between the Gopro, Insta360, DJI Osmo Action/Pocket, and most action cameras.
  • Contains a PGYTECH’s quick-release pin, which allows you to instantly (dis)mount your gear.
  • Light yet sturdy, easy to carry

Price: $19 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

 

PGYTECH SnapLock Plate Adapter

PGYTECH SnapLock Plate Adapter

 

  • Be more efficient by using multiple SnapLock Plate Adapters simultaneously to quickly (dis)mount your gear. Switch from sliders to tripods or even swap cameras in one easy step.
  • The SnapLock Plate Adapter includes the SnapLock System. The SnapLock mounting base uses a clamp that locks by itself rather than a traditional knob. It lets you instantly mount the SnapLock Plate in just one step. You can easily connect cameras and other gear to your gimbal, Arca-Swiss plate, sliders or tripods. The square SnapLock Plate allows you to quickly mount it in any direction.
  • The SnapLock Mounting Base is designed with an Arca-Swiss interface on the side and the bottom contains 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes, which is widely compatible with gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.
  • The SnapLock Plate uses the Arca-Swiss standardized size, which is compatible with most Arca-Swiss plates.
  • Compatible with PGYTECH’s Action Camera SnapLock Plate
  • Push the button to lock it extra securely to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
  • The SnapLock plate uses a patented tight-fitting screw containing a thrust needle roller bearing, which ensures the plate doesn’t get undone. It mounts your camera very securely.
  • Pocket size and portable design

Price: $39 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

 

SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount

SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount

 

  • The patented PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem allows you to easily mount the monitor on your camera after attaching it to the SnapLock Nano plate. The SnapLock Nano plate has a square cold shoe mount, which can be quickly assembled no matter the direction. Push the secure button to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
  • The mount is capable of 360° swivelling and 180° tilting for perfect views and optimal audio recording. The adjustable damping allows it to operate smoothly and conveniently, no matter the weight of the mounted devices.
  • The SnapLock Nano plate’s 1/4”-20 screw and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contain a patented screw, which contains a mini thrust needle roller bearing, to prevent it from getting undone. The patented screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place.
  • The SnapLock Nano Mount is light, versatile and is widely compatible. The dovetail cold shoe mount ensures it’s working as a monitor mount. The 1/4”-20 screw hole on the bottom and the 1/4”-20 screw on the top enable it to function as a mini tripod head, which allows you to connect a smartphone or camera to a mini tripod.

Price: $39 and is available from the PGYTECH official store.

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