The best camera harnesses give you easy and quick access to up to two cameras simultaneously. They'll also help you avoid a sore neck or back after going out on a shoot, these camera harnesses .
Because let's be real: cameras are heavy. Whether we're talking DSLRs or a mirrorless camera, especially with a zoom lens, it’s a considerable weight to hang around your neck if you rely only on the neck strap in the box. So while it's good to invest in the best camera bags, best camera backpacks, best camera holsters and the best camera straps, if you really want to evenly distribute the weight and maximize what you can carry, only a camera harness will do.
There’s a camera harness for every conceivable set-up, but it's important to choose wisely. Below we've included the best camera harnesses of all different types, including some dual-camera harnesses, so you should be able to find the perfect way to take the weight off and go hands-free.
Best camera harnesses in 2023
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Need to carry two cameras? Or one camera and a pair of binoculars while on a wildlife trip? Essentially a regular harness and a side-holster, the CCS G3 is all about eschewing a camera backpack. By keeping the weight of one camera on the chest and another on the waist it feels balanced even when used with two heavy DSLRs, though it makes sense to keep the heaviest on the chest.
It uses a clever twist and lock system with clasps rotating through 90º to be slotted in and out. The clasp fits to your camera’s tripod thread and thankfully also sports its own tripod thread. It’s thus easy to remove and replace a camera really quickly.
We found it best to leave a camera strap on the chest-mounted camera, but remove it from the camera in the side-holster to avoid tangles. That slide holster can also be attached to the shoulder straps of a camera backpack, making the CCS G3 handy even on days when you decide not to actually use it.
Here’s another design for carrying two cameras that’s ideal for wedding photographers, but this time there’s no chest pad and a lot less hardware. A leather harness that’s fully adjustable, it consists of two padded shoulder straps that envelope the shoulder blades for extra comfort. That’s much-needed because from each side can hang a camera. The two halves are joined using a sternum strap that's easy enough to clip-on and clip-off.
Made from leather, there are two ways the straps attach to a camera; either to a camera’s metal eyelets – where the manufacturer’s strap is typically attached – or directly to the 1/4-inch tripod thread. That’s a nice touch since some photographers will want to keep tripod plates attached to the bottom of their cameras even when using a harness.
Although this simple harness is designed primarily for binoculars there’s no reason it can;t be used with a small camera. Like the OpTech BINO-CAM harness also featured here, it consists of a simple wearable harness that you put on as you would a coat, slipping your arms into two loops. They’re joined on your back by a leather pad. And the straps are fully adjustable.
Also like the OpTech BINO-CAM harness, the Zeiss Comfort Carry Harness uses loops to attach to a camera’s strap eyelets, with clips to attach – and easily detach – a camera from the harness. Do the latter and the two clips can be attached to each other to form a small carry handle for your camera.
This harness is the ideal choice if you shoot with two camera bodies – we can see wedding and press photographers getting a lot out of it. It’s less sturdy than some, and is designed for the cameras to sit at your hips when not in use, so it won’t suit everyone, but it does the job of taking the weight away from your neck well, and the breathable pads in the straps make it comfortable to wear. There is a Slim version too, for those with smaller body frames.
Yes, you get what you pay for, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot. If you use a small compact or mirrorless camera wearing a prime lens for street photography – or you just go hands-free – then a really simple device like the OpTech BINO-CAM harness should work well.
It’s rudimentary stuff, with two loops around shoulders joined-up by Uni-Loops that attach to a camera (or a pair of binoculars). Using its clasps, it’s possible to clip-in and clip-out a camera really easily. We tested the non-stretch webbing version, which we found to be effective with a small camera if all you really want to do is leave it idle and hate traditional camera straps, though it’s also sold as an elastic version.
Can you strap a GoPro to your chest? Of course! The best action cameras are classic hands-free devices and there are plenty of scenarios where GoPro’s harness works really well. Designed primarily for skiing, mountain biking and hiking, Chesty features a central pad with a breathable backing strung between two adjustable shoulder straps that can fit over ski jackets. There’s a large quick-release buckle let clasp built-in to that pad whose size adds some extra stability, though its large size also makes it easy to release.
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The third incarnation of the ThinkTank Pixel Racing Harness requires accessories. It consists of two shoulder pads and a sternum stapos, but instead of being secured around the shoulder blades the ThinkTank Pixel Racing Harness secures behind on a belt.
Two different belts – one padded and one thin-skinned – are available. There are no fewer than 23 accessories for the belt and the harness – all with built-in rain pouches – including lens pouches for up to 600mm lenses (which use vertical zippers) that hang down from the belt, a camera clip, and gear pouches galore. Able to adapt to what a photographer needs and no more, this modular system is ideal for those that like to wear their camera gear.
What is a camera harness?
A camera harness is a type of camera strap that distributes the weight of the camera evenly across your torso and shoulders. This makes it more comfortable to carry a heavy camera for long periods of time, and it can also help to prevent neck and shoulder pain.
How does a camera harness work?
The basic concept behind the camera harness is that it sits over the torso and both supports and secures a camera on the photographer’s chest. Look for an easy clip-on, clip-off system, Typically they employ a proprietary adaptor that screws into the tripod thread on the bottom of your camera.
With a harness in place your camera will be safe, comfortably supported, and easily accessible so you can do everything from hiking hands-free through the mountains to working a long day as a wedding photographer. All without your back and neck getting too tired.
What are some extra features that come with more expensive camera harnesses?
Some of the pricier camera harnesses have some extra features that help justify their higher price. For example, some include a quick release system, which allows the photographer to quickly remove the camera from the harness, without having to unbuckle any straps. You might also get a safety tether: a secondary strap that connects the camera to the harness in case the main tether fails. Also look for lumbar support, which can help to reduce back pain, especially when carrying a heavy camera. Some harnesses also offer add-on holsters for additional cameras or lenses, while others are stuffed with pockets for storing accessories like memory cards or a spare camera battery.