This is a very common question, particularly from folks who own a compact-mirrorless or point-and-shoot camera. The overall answer to this question is pretty simple: very few Capture users actually need a MICROplate. Our other quick-release plates work great with small cameras. In fact, if you have a compact mirrorless camera we highly recommend sticking with the Standard Plate, which comes with Capture, Slide, Clutch and SlideLITE.
MICROplate is an extra-skinny quick-release plate that is designed for a few specific compact camera models. These camera models have lens mounts or battery compartments that are very close to the tripod mounting hole, and therefore require a skinny plate to prevent obstruction.
If you have one of the following camera models, we think you would be best served with a MICROplate:
- Sony NEX series
- Nikon 1 series
- Canon EOS M series
- Olympus PEN series
Those cameras all have lens mounts or battery compartments (or both) very close to the tripod mounting hole. Our Standard Plate and PROplate, when attached to the above cameras, may make it hard to change lenses or remove batteries. If you don't have one of these cameras, you'll be fine with our other plates.
Still, some folks purchase MICROplate because they have a slim-body camera and simply don't like the look of the quick-release plate sticking out on the bottom. This will happen on any camera with a body slimmer than 25mm. So, if you have a really thin camera, you might consider using MICROplate for aesthetic purposes.
Limitations of the MICROplate
If you're thinking of getting a MICROplate instead of one of our other quick-release plates, you should know that it's main limitation is that it only inserts into the Capture Clip in 2 directions.
This ultimately means that MICROplate is well-suited for carrying your camera on a backpack or messenger bag, but it might not be the best choice if you're carrying your camera on your belt. That's because you'll probably have to turn the MICROplate 90 degrees for the standard belt mounted setup, and then it will be perpendicular to the base of your camera. In other words, it will stick out the front and back of the camera body.