Izzi Slim case takes your iPhone photos to the next level (hands-on)

 
January 7, 2014 9:28 PM PST / Updated: January 8, 2014 12:40 PM PST

LAS VEGAS -- Successfully funded on Kickstarter last month and showcased at CES 2014, the Izzi Slim iPhone case enables users to take interesting camera shots via four lenses that come attached to the accessory.

Available in black and white, the Slim case is made out of a matte, polycarbonate material. During my brief time with it, it felt lightweight, without feeling cheap or fragile.

The product comes features four photo lenses, including a 180-degree fisheye lens. There's also a 0.67x wide-angle lens, and a 2x telephoto lens. Lastly, there is a macro lens that you can access by screwing off the wide-angle lens.

Because all lenses are attached to the case, you can switch through each setting by rotating the lenses either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

When I checked it out, switching between each lens worked smoothly, and a rep told me that more development is in the works so that the rotating and clicking motion would move even smoother. The fisheye lens, however, did show a notable amount of bordering. It's probably because I didn't fit the lens precisely at the right spot, so you'll need to be mindful in order to match them up perfectly.

Izzi Slim picture sample
The fisheye lens in effect at a CES 2014 event. Lynn La/CNET

The Izzi Slim isn't the only product on the market that enables you with more photo lenses. The Olloclip, for example, is $10 cheaper and offers the same kind of lenses in one uni-body design (it also sells a phone case option as well).

Though the Slim is convenient in that you can rotate the lenses, it's difficult to imagine anyone stuffing it in their pocket comfortably. However, unlike the Olloclip, you'll definitely won't have to worry about them being far from your iPhone.

Check out more of CNET's CES 2014 coverage.

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Where to Buy

iZZi SLIM (Black)

Part Number: IZZISLIM

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

About The Author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.