Facebook-owned Instagram has released one of its biggest updates in a while with a bump up to version 3.2. This version includes a new look for the camera, optional grid (rule of thirds people), recent photos preview, and the usual speed and reliability improvements.
Via the Instagram Blog comes word of a big update for the ever-popular app. Here are the big changes that Instagram is highlighting:
- Instagram-themed shutter & shutter release button.
- A preview of the most recent photo on your camera roll.
- Improved Camera Roll image selector (iPhone 5 only) for quick access to your last photograph.
- Optional grid guide for live photos and a permanent grid guide for the scale & crop screen.
- Speed and reliability improvements.
If you’re a fan of tilt-shift, Instagram has improved that as well:
In the past, there had been vast differences in the effective strength of the blur between the preview screen and the output in your feed and camera roll. With this update the blur you see is now the blur you’ll get! We’ve also completely overhauled the blur algorithm to increase quality and accuracy. Tilt-shift now gives a vastly more realistic rendering of depth of field because of these improvements and subtle tweaks to how we render the image.
And if you’re dying for a new filter to try, they’ve added Willow, a black and white filter with purple tones. Here are some trees on a regular gray Vancouver afternoon.
Hmm, I think I could have skipped the filter and got the same effect. Regardless, Instagram is under a heap of pressure right now. Between their school-yard battle with Twitter and Twitter releasing their own filters soon (if they aren’t secretly out already, they (and Facebook) have to work at staying relevant to smartphone owners. At some point we might just wake up and think that just taking a regular old picture with true colors is just dandy for Facebook and Twitter. Not to mention I don’t think we need to see any more pictures of latte art.
Update: As this post was published Twitter released their own update added native filters to the official Twitter app.
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