The best solar filters for your camera: photograph the 2024 eclipse safely

Solar filter ftted on the front of a lens on tripod-mounted camera
(Image credit: Tamer Dagas/Getty Images)

Millions in people in North America are now counting down to the solar eclipse, that will be able to be seen by many on April 8. For most places it will be a partial eclipse, but a super-rare total solar eclipse will be able to be seen from 15 US States, and parts of Mexico and Canada. 

With the next total eclipse in the USA not arriving for another 20 years, this event is one not to be missed. But there are extreme dangers - as you must avoid looking directly at the sun. So you need a proper filter.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.