Easiest CAMERA case to use! HitCase Crio Review for the iPhone XS/8

Easiest CAMERA case to use! HitCase Crio Review for the iPhone XS/8


When it comes to taking your iPhone further, there isn’t any case manufacturer like HitCase. The Crio is just another example of HitCase making it easier for us to do awesome things with our iPhones.

Some of the funnest videos I’ve shot with HitCase products and some of my fondest memories were captured with an iPhone in a HitCase Product.

With the Crio, they’ve removed the bulk while still allowing you to use whatever lens you want and more. The magnetic lens mounting system is WAY better than the screw on method like you would find with the ExoLens, the snap on lens of the Olloclips or the large camera holder you would find on the Ztylus Revolver.

For my HitCase Crio Review, I’ve given this case a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. If you’re a content creator, blogger, instagrammer, the Crio should be on your short list if you’re looking for a camera case. The ease of use is what makes the Crio special. I will note that the Crio is better suited for video work than still photographs which I’ll elaborate in a few minutes.

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When it comes to design, the Crio is closer to a Caudabe Sheath or a Matte Black Spigen Liquid crystal. It’s quite thin and light which means it won’t add a lot of bulk to your iPhone. The camera attachment points work quite well as the lenses easily snap on. There isn’t a lot of finagling that you have to do to ensure the perfect fit. Again, this system beats the thread lenses like the ExoLens as it eliminates the chance that you’ll miss the thread.

The lens generally stays on under normal movement even if you shake it a bit so you won’t be losing the lenses as you move from shot to shot in normal circumstances. The lens pops off easily with a bit of pressure so be careful. You don’t want to accidentally KO your lenses on a concrete sidewalk.

The texture on the case is a bit mild for me liking, especially when you consider that an iPhone in the Crio will be put into slightly more compromising positions for videos and photos. The cases I’m showing you in the video are pre-production cases and I’ve been told that the coating has been improved which should make handling a bit better. To ensure maximum safety for your iPhone when taking pictures, I would suggest getting their tripod mount as well.

The Crio comes with a magnet on the back of the case which makes it compatible with your favourite magnetic car mounts BUT it also negates the ability to charge your iPhone through qi-charging. From my perspective, that isn’t a bad thing since Qi-charging in general is quite useless. I tried using only qi-chargers for a week with my iPhone X and my iPhone battery basically sat at low power the entire time.

When it comes to protection, the Crio will offer the corners of your iPhone 2m drop protection. Which seems like a lot given how thin the case is. I personally wouldn’t drop my iPhone from 6ft in the Crio for fun but I’m quite confident it will handle any day-to-day mishaps without any issues. The corners of the case have ribs in them which creates air pockets for the corners of your iPhone which adds to the drop protection.

When it comes to screen protection, the Crio has a minimal lip. So get a screen protector. Preferably a plastic one so when a face first drop does happen, you don’t chip the edges of the glass. This happens because the case isn’t rigid enough which is why I say the Crio might offer the corners of the iPhone with 2m worth of drop protection.

Accessing your iPhone is average. Average in the way that it doesn’t get in the way of accessing anything on the device.

With that out of the way, lets talk about the quality of the lenses.

In general, the wide angle lens quality hasn’t changed so if you need a comparison, check out the wide angle comparisons I’ve done with the RhinoShield Mod:

The macro lens has been updated and I do have to say that the quatliy is noticeably better. There is less distortion along the edges of the lens which means your photos will look better! Check out the macro comparison in the 2nd half of the video.
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  1. I had this for less than a day…
    The magnets were to weak to do any more than walk along video. I had it mounted on my bike and every slight bump in the road saw my phone and/or the lens on the floor.
    EDIT: the texture is similar to the apple brand synthetic ones: very smooth, not rubbery at all, little grip

  2. Thx for this nice review once again. You and Monty are the best.

  3. Dude, I've been binging on your videos! Great to see another gamer/techy who's into physical fitness! Subbed!

  4. I have a question.. Do full cover tempered glass screen protectors affect the sensors on the iPhone X for face ID?

  5. Hey Aaron, I used to have an iPhone and I loved seeing a new video come up. Even if I wasn't in the market for a new case, your reviews were always fun to watch. I've already moved on from the Apple ecosystem, but I'm totally missing you in my feed. Is there any chance you'd consider moving more towards a general tech direction instead of being focused only on Apple products?

  6. Could you do a cheap 3rd party Apple watch band reveiw to see which is best

  7. Like that tie, though.

  8. The magnetic design seems awful. How would you compare the Hitcase Pro to something like the Moment Lens + Case?

  9. Heeyy Aaron, I know these two cases aren’t exactly meant for protection; but based on what you’ve seen between the Aramid Pitaka Case and the Apple Leather case which would be more protective?

  10. where do you buy your wrist sraps?
    ive been looking for a good quality one forever

  11. How about essentialph 1 with 360 camera

  12. You’re getting much better at adding background music.

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