Best Digital Camera Battery Grips in 2020

Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip Review:

This is my second battery grip for an SLR. The previous was a 3rd party made grip for a T4i. At the time I purchased this grip there was no 3rd party option for the EOS-R. I should say that in the years of using the 3rd party grip on my T4i, I never had any issue that would have driven me to wish I has a Canon. That being said, I wasn't too annoyed with having to pay the much higher price for a Canon brand grip.

However, I am very annoyed that with this grip I have lost a HUGE feature that I had on my much much cheaper T4i. The ability to use a battery sled with AA batteries. Since the rechargable batteries loose their charge after resting for a month or so, and I have a tendancy to only bring out the SLR once a month or so (big family events, etc), I have had too many situations of going to grab my camera and finding all four of my batteries to be low charge. Ok, yes I could just manage my batteries better. However, I don't. It was great knowing that I could throw them on the charger and grab the AA insert with fresh AA batteries and start shooting right away. With this grip I can't do that any more.

I now have to be much more vigilent to keep the batteries charged even when not using the camera for a while. However, as the batteries age and their capacities drop, I will eventually want a backup for long shoots. Now, instead of just carrying some AAs in my back as a backup, I will be forced to buy more expensive new rechargeable batteries.

For some, this may not matter at all, but I am sure that this could matter for some of you out there. I hope either Canon comes out with an add on tray for AA's, or a 3rd party grip manufacturer comes out with their version that supports AA's.

Other than my fairly specific grip above, the grip works perfectly fine as you would expect. The buttons on the grip correspond well to on the camera body. The strap mounting points are the same as with any other add on grip. I do like the USB charge port, but I do not like that they advise to ONLY use it with Canon batteries. I have two Canon and two 3rd party batteries. I usually like to have one Canon and one 3rd party in the sled at the same time. If I am going to use the USB charging port I have to swap out the batteries to only the Canon, as they have warnings of risk of damage otherwise. With all the battery issues out there, I don't want to chance that their system causes a fire inside the camera. I would rather that happens on a wall wart charger, if it was to happen.

Overall, the grip is good, but I don't like that it is missing a feature that to me is critical. Not being able to use AA's as a backup is huge to me. However, since many may not care, I only took one star off for it.

Meike XT20G Aluminum Alloy Hand Grip Quick Release Plate L Bracket for Fujifilm X-T30 X-T20 X-T10 Review:

Excellent fit on an X-T20 body. Looks extremely similar to the Fujifilm version that is around three times the price. Leaves open access to the battery/memory card and relocates the tripod mounting hole further from the battery door. The texture on the front of the grip is similar to that on the body, though that piece is plastic and not the same rubbery feel. The grip adds depth front to back, and a swell out to the side. This makes the grip appreciably more substantial than the bare body, but without obtrusively reducing the space for your fingers.

I first bought one of the many all aluminum L-brackets with grip, and it also fit well and gave a better grip for my XC lenses and 23 f/2 Fujinon (and was only $24). But when I received a 56 f/1.2, I immediately found that the space between the bracket grip and aperture ring was not enough, and the ring would painfully rub against one or two knuckles of my right hand. This grip does not reduce that space, and I can use that larger lens with no discomfort.

The front plastic grip is held on by two very small screws through the aluminum base plate, and their strength would be the only thing I might ever wonder about. But, I can't imagine putting any significant stress on the grip in a way that would compromise them.

Neewer BG-E8 Replacement Battery Grip for Canon EOS 550D 600D 650D 700D/ Rebel T2i T3i T4i T5i SLR Cameras Review:

Neewer is a great alternative to the official Canon Brand and for much cheaper

First off this battery grip is very functional the most obvious benefit is that you can put two batteries inside and you have close to twice the amount time between battery changes but it is much more than just that, the first one is that using this grip my camera feels heftier, more solid and easier to grip. this is very important for getting steady /smooth shots with video work. 

This also helps when replacing batteries while you're using a tripod you no longer have to take your camera off of the tripod adaptor just to change those pesky batteries, with just a simple spin of the side lever both batteries come out with ease. (even tho you will be changing batteries 50% less than you have been)

Second with the addition of the buttons on the grip itself you can easily hold this sideways while still having full control of the necessary buttons (note I didn't know this when I bought it and it was a great surprise)

The build quality of this device is very good as well, the buttons click nicely and are easy to find, the grip feels more like a part of the camera, not just some cheesy thing slapped onto a nice DSLR. 

Some people have noted they had issues with the pins inside the grip lining up with the pins inside the actual camera but I have had no such issues on my device.

Also, note this grip comes with an alternate AA adaptor that takes 6 AA Batteries I have yet to use this but it could be a good feature in a worse case scenario

Meike MK A9 Professional Vertical Battery Grip for Sony A9 A7RIII A7III Camera Review:

This grip fit the bill for exactly what I was needing.
I have a Sony A7III and the body is just a little too small to give me a strong sense of a secure grip. I researched all the different options that are out there and this Meike product seemed to be the best value in terms of affordability and quality. With Sony's model being so expensive (in my opinion), I wanted to find something similar not only in function but also in aesthetics. I didn't want to slap a cheap, toy-feeling piece of equipment on this $2,000 camera.
The Meike grip's quality is sufficient for the price I paid ($70). Ideally I would have liked the non-textured areas to be made of a metal or some sort of alloy rather than plastic, but for the price I can't object. It seems durable enough though, and I couldn't find any weak spots anywhere on the plastic. The rubberized texture is very nice and "grippy" - but I love that it almost matches identically to the native texture grip on the camera itself.
The buttons worked just as expected - power, shutter, custom, and the joystick.
The shutter button does seem to have a little bit of extra "travel" in the actuation, and the actual click of the actuation is slightly different than the shutter button on the camera, but that is certainly to be expected and is not a negative in the least bit.
My batteries (1 Sony brand and a 3rd party brand bought through B&H) both work and provide accurate power levels on my camera screen.
I read some reviews of this model and different models that the grip seemed to be draining their cameras even when off - I can personally and honestly say that I have not experienced this AT ALL.
My most recent trip to New York I filmed and shot for hours on end - I still have 85% life leftover.

This is by far the best alternate to Sony's model. You will absolutely not regret this purchase.

STK LP-E6 Battery for Canon 5D Mark II III and IV, 70D, 5Ds, 6D, 5Ds, 80D, 7D, 60D, 5Ds R DSLR Cameras BG-E14, BG-E13, BG-E11, BG-E9, BG-E7, BG-E6 Grips Review:

While prepping to shoot a documentary, I needed a few extra batteries for my Canon 60d, and didn't feel like shelling out the premium price just to get them emblazoned with the "Canon" name. I mean, it's just a battery after all, right? I checked everywhere, on Amazon, other camera accessory retailers, random review websites, and found that LP-E6 batteries that are not made by Canon are notorious for showing error messages, incorrect capacity readings, etc. The STK Canon LP-E6 Battery 2600 mAH - for Canon EOS 6D, 7D, 70D, 60D, 5D Mark III, & Mark II Digital SLR and DSLR Cannon Cameras BG-E14, BG-E13, BG-E11, BG-E9, BG-E7, BG-E6 Grips had by far the best ratings -- and from reading other reviews, the best customer service. So great, I thought, worst case scenario, the company backs their product.

Upon receiving the STK LP-E6 battery, I charged it up and stuck it in my camera. A little test shooting, left it on for awhile, and it seemed to display correct capacity, didn't run out of juice earlier than expected, and didn't throw any error codes. I invested in another one and tested it in the same way.

Since then I've recharged them probably a half-dozen times, used them on shoots, and never seen a problem with the STK LP-E6 battery. They also hold their charge -- I've left them in my camera bag for a month or two, and once on the charger, they display 100%. Pretty impressive.

In addition, both times I ordered, I received an email through amazon from the manufacturer/seller, stating that if I have any issues, to reply to the email and they would take care of the problem.

TL;DR my experiences so far:
-Less than 1/4 of the price of "Canon" manufactured LP-E6 batteries
-Holds their charge while stored
-Doesn't throw error codes
-Reliable capacity levels
-Good customer service

If you're not going to fork out for the overpriced Canon-brand batteries, these are the LP-E6 batteries to buy!

Neewer Vertical Battery Grip for Sony A9 A7III A7RIII Cameras, Replacement for Sony VG-C3EM, Only Works with NP-FZ100 Battery (Battery Not Included) Review:

This battery grip was beyond my expectation and has been working pretty great. The amount of battery life that I now have is beyond what I need for any shoot or video shoot that I have.
The quality of the battery grip is very close to what Sony offers. and the buttons are "clicky" and the dials work as they should. The battery cover for my A7III fits inside of the battery grip. The battery grip also doesn't have any branding or markings on it and that adds to the clean aesthetic that Sony offers. I am more than pleased with this battery grip and have already suggested others to buy it as well.

Neewer Vertical Battery Grip replacement for DMW-BGGH5, Fit for Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Mirrorless Camera, Work with 1 Pack DMW-BLF19E Li-ion Battery (Battery NOT Included) Review:

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 For the price compared to the $350 grip from Panasonic you can't beat it. It feels the same and functions the same so you can;t go wrong with this one!

DSTE Replacement for Pro BG-E14 Vertical Battery Grip + 2X LP-E6 LP-E6N Compatible Canon EOS 70D 80D 90D SLR Digital Camera Review:

Since I'm going for cheap these days, I decided to go with this item over the much more expensive Canon version for my 70D.

Fit is excellent (see note below). I don't have the Canon version to compare to, but examining it, and after watching YouTube reviews to know what to look for, I believe it is spot on.

Finish: Some might be put off by the slightly more rubbery feel of the grip surface compared to the Canon version, but one must make allowances for wanting to go cheap.

Operation: The buttons for use in vertical mode have a slightly different feel to them, definitely not Canon quality, but forgivable for the price. My main gripe is the unit's main wheel, which is plastic instead of rubber, is noisy on operation, and feels like it could be vulnerable to failure. It is accurate, however, in returning the same stop increments that the Canon main wheel does when changing shutter speed, for example.

Another gripe is that the large wheel which attaches this unit to the camera "bottoms out" when snugging it into the camera and then flops around loose. I suspect that if the 1/4-20 threaded bolt that is used to attach it to the tripod receiver at the base of the camera was a half a millimeter shorter it would snug in tightly and not feel loose. This does not affect the connection to the camera, however, because it seats extremely tight with no twist or looseness (see the note below).

Two very positive attributes of this unit compared to other non-OEM offerings in the same price range is that battery contacts are gold-ish, and the inside of the battery unit is floored in metal instead of plastic. The round, threaded nut for the tripod mount at the base of this unit is all metal and is connected to the metal floor. Other units thread into a little metal round bolt, but then connect it to plastic on the floor of the unit. Since I will be using this exclusively on a tripod that was a selling point for me.

OK, referencing the notes: There was one slight deviation from the excellent fit. Where it joined at the right side front corner, in other words where your pinky would be holding it with your right hand, there was a slight movement where it did not make a tight join. Functionally, it is no big deal. But I am annoyed by little things like that, so I took some gaffer tape and built up a one-piece-thick layer as a shim just at the corner. It is now very snug, no movement. It's likely this is just an anomaly between my particular camera and this particular unit, and that nobody else will experience it.

The provided batteries are the same exact ones that I ordered a couple of years ago as spares and have been using regularly without problems. The camera accurately returns the batteries' remaining charge, charge reliability, and shutter count. The camera does use both batteries, not one and then the other, but I haven't figured out yet what the algorithm is for deciding which battery it uses when.

Overall, unless you are a Canon snob and have money to spare you'd be crazy to not consider this over their much-more-expensive offering.

Neewer Vertical Battery Grip for Sony A9 A7III A7RIII Cameras, Replacement for Sony VG-C3EM with 2 Packs 7.2v 2280mAh 16.4Wh Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Review:

These Neewer batteries have been on a few shoots working right along with real Sony batteries - Even when the a7Riii was updated to firmware 3.01 the batteries work fine in the camera, and the camera doesn't complain at all - the battery capacity indicator continues to work just fine.

These batteries are lasting just as long and charge in the same length of time as Sony batteries. Electrically they seem perfectly fine.

The grip - well it's not Sony quality - but it is sort of OK. The buttons work but don't have the same feel as Sony, and the covering isn't quite as good with a little glue oozed out here and there. You get what you pay for. It does hold two batteries though - but we've found 1 battery is enough for a day-long photo shoot in most cases. If you're shooting a lot of 4k vids then 2 batteries would be handy.

Mainly bought this kit for the TWO batteries and grip for the same or less cost than just a single Sony battery.

It is worth the money for what you get. If you want Sony quality, then get Sony products...but this will work for what it is.

Meike MK-A6300 PRO Built-in 2.4GHZ Remote Controller Up to 100M to Control Shooting for Sony A6100 A6400 A6300 A6000 Camera Review:

Just got this product yesterday and yes. It is early to write a review but I might as well.
I bought this for my a6400 and it works perfect, battery grip fits perfect onto the body of the camera and I didn’t have to modify anything.
I haven’t seen any battery decrease while it’s off mainly because I turn both the camera and the battery pack off whenever I’m not using the camera.

When I first unboxed the product I was kinda scared at first because the extension does feel a little plasticy and light. But once I put the actual batteries in the extension it felt good and sturdy. The dummy battery that goes into the camera is plastic and it feels it can break easily so be mindful.

The remote is a little tricky because of frequencies so I haven’t figured out the remote quite yet. The remote is plastic and does not feel like the best quality. But it’s a remote and I personally won’t use it very much if I ever do.

The vertical portrait button on the battery extension does not feel the same as the shutter button on the actual camera. It takes more pressure to take a picture and focus (when it works. Sometimes it just doesn’t even bother to take a picture when I use the button.

Overall a good product if you don’t want to spend $250 on the Sony version