Instagram Improves Camera And Adds New Filter In Update

An update to the Instagram app was made available today to both iOS and Android users. The update is packed with a lot of new features including a new filter and modifications to the user interface of the app.

The iOS camera was completely redesigned and even has a quick camera roll image selector which is only available for the iPhone 5. A break down of its features below:

  • Instagram-themed shutter & shutter release button.
  • A preview of the most recent photo on your camera roll.
  • Improved Camera Roll image selector 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.

According to a blog post by the company, this is the most significant upgrade to the iOS camera since its last redesign about a year ago.

The update also features a new Filter called ‘Willow’. The new monochrome filter with subtle purple tones and a translucent glowing white border will be available on both the iOS and Android versions of the app.

Instagram users have always complained in the past about the issue of their edited image not coming out exactly how it looked during editing, well Instagram has gone around and fixed that with Improved ‘Tilt-shift’. According to them this enhancement will increase quality and accuracy . They say that the blur algorithm has been completely rewritten to give a more realistic rendering of depth of field.

Other Improvements include:

  • News Feed redesign that’s easier to digest, in addition to larger images.
  • Beautiful new welcome screen design.
  • Infinite scroll on user profiles and other grid views.
  • Filtered photos are now saved to a separate album called “Instagram” in the iOS camera roll.
  • Foursquare button on location pages that opens the Foursquare application, or mobile website, with details about the venue.

The App with its updates are available for download right now. Instagram for iOS version 3.2 is available in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 3.3 is available on Google Play.

Update or download and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Victor Nneji

Tech Fanatic. Enrolled on a Computing for Business course at Aston University, Birmingham. Attended Dowen College Lagos. Nigerian. Follow me on twitter @Vicneji.

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  • Vic

    Apparently, people are not welcoming the new update.
    I myself and other users noticed that you cant access other photo albums other than your camera roll which isnt really cool.
    Hopefully they fix this quick. but for now you can get those pictures on camera roll by editing them with 3rd party softwares like pic stitch which saves the new one to camera roll.