Camera accessories: Is there a device that can help someone with arthritis use a camera?

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Is there a device that can help someone with arthritis use a camera?

Question

Are there any modifications that can be made to an SLR camera to support with its weight and functioning when a client suffers from arthritis?

Our answer

Continuing to participate in hobbies is important.It's important for people with arthritis to be able to continue to do the activities they love, including photography. There are a number of items on the market that may provide some assistance with maintaining this hobby.

Below are a few items that may be useful to support the weight of the camera:

  • Photo HSG-2 DualStrap-DLX Padded Wrist and Grip Strap for DSLR Cameras by Movo (at amazon.ca) is a wrist strap with padding designed to prevent the camera from being dropped and provide stability when taking photos and videos. This item costs about $35 (Cdn) plus an additional shipping fee. Depending on the joints most affected by arthritis, a neck strap may also be helpful together with the wrist strap. The JJC NS-J2 Camera strap (at amazon.com) may be of interest to you. This item costs about $16 (U.S) plus an additional shipping fee.
  • Monopod by Manfrotto (at manfrotto.ca) is a single pole designed for a camera to be held steadier. There are several options compatible with a range of cameras and the prices are between about $50 - $350 (Cdn) plus an additional shipping fee.
  • Glide gear SNC100 Snorricam DSLR Vest Harness by B&H (at bhphotovideo.com) distributes the weight of the camera across the photographer’s upper body. This product costs about $270 (Cdn) plus an additional shipping fee.

To help with the functioning of the camera, there are several shutter-release remotes on the market that can be connected to the camera. Below are three options that you may find useful, depending on the brand of camera you are using:

 

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