Instagram 2.0 brings live filters, live tilt-shift, and 4 new filters

Instagram has gone 2.0 and brings with it 4 new filters as well as the ability to view filters and tilt-shift effects live while using the camera.

Instagram is my favorite photography app available on the iPhone! The filters are great, but I absolutely love the social-ness (yes, I made that up) of Instagram. This update made a fantastic app even better. I look forward to what they do next.

Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.

  • 100% free custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lomo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous
  • Unlimited uploads
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Works with first generation, 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4
  • Full iPhone 4 front & back camera support

The update includes:

  • Instant live filters & live tilt-shift
  • 4 new filters
  • Turn borders on & off
  • Rotate photo after taking
  • Filtered photos save in high-resolution to photo library

Instagram is available on the iPhone for free.

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Instagram 2.0 brings live filters, live tilt-shift, and 4 new filters


It's a great app, but if the user cannot manipulate any of the filters, your photos look like everyone elses, which is why both Hipsta and Insta fail. It's a fun toy, but neither Hipsta or Insta are photo apps. They are social apps with photo features.

I disagree. I feel both can be a lot more than a "toy" most people don't want to manipulate the filters on a mobile device anyway, and so adding the ability to do so simply adds a complexity to the UI, and therefore would scare the more basic, novice users away from using the app, even if the developers did the best job possible at implementing that into the UI.
Saying "photos look like everyone else's" is a bit misleading, each photo is unique, and while the filters are the same, lighting in the photo changes, and causes each person to perceive the effect differently. I think your expecting a little too much out of these apps, and not crediting each of them for what they have managed to become.

This app is one of the reason I'm sticking to my iPhone rather than move back to BB. The social features is great, it integrate with the built in photo library and the best thing it's free :)

I like how easy it is to share photos with Instagram, but I don't like that they aren't best quality, given that the iPhone 4 camera is pretty good and one upload option is Flickr. Also, it only has a few filters and they are on the gimmicky side, rather than actually enhancing photos.
I prefer FX PhotoStudio which has Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and email sharing, more filters, and is just as easy to use.

Use pinching motions with two fingers to manipulate. Basic iPhone commands brought in to this app.