We used to make a plate called MICROplate, 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 we made a skinny plate to prevent obstruction.
MICROplate is discontinued (though still available on Amazon). Our new plates, Standard Plate and Dual Plate, have adjustment slots for the connection screw. This means you can adjust the plate so that it doesn't obstruct lenses, battery compartments, or card slots.
If you have one of the following camera models, MICROplate is a handy (but not necessary) thing to have:
- 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.
We don't make MICROplate anymore, but you can still get it on Amazon.
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.