Ztylus Metal: A Clever Camera Case

With a name like Ztylus, I was expecting a stylus, but instead Ztylus gave me the Ztylus Metal Camera Kit ($114.95) to try, which includes an iPhone case and 4-in-1 revolver lens. I came away impressed. 

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I liked the Ztylus Metal's rugged, rubberized case and how easy it is to attach the clever rotating lens adapter which offers fisheye, wide-angle, 10x, and circular polarizer lenses. The case stands on its own, literally, thanks to the integrated kickstand. While the case itself might be incompatible with future iPhone designs, at least you could probably use the lens system with different Ztylus phone case in the future.

Ztylus also offers a $59.95 circular LED Ring Light that surrounds the camera, offering better, more consistent lighting than the built-in flash can provide. It uses 3 AAA batteries and snaps on to the camera case, instead of the Revolver lens system.

LED Ring Light

Pros

  • Rugged, rubberized case
  • Easily attached, clever rotating lens solution
  • Fisheye, wide-angle, 10x, and circular polarizer lenses
  • Integrated kickstand
  • Use lens system with different phone case in the future

Cons

  • Case might be incompatible with future iPhones

Ztylus

Final Verdict

If you want easy access to add-on lenses, the Metal series iPhone Case and 4-in-1 Revolver Lens from Ztylus is a nice case with add-on lens capability. 

iPhone Life Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 
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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.