While the competition in the photo-sharing market is immense, one company has continually managed to stay above the fray: Instagram. Today, the company is launching the 2.0 version of its iOS app. Among the new features are live filters (so you don’t have to wait for them to be applied), instant tilt-shift, four new filters and a major boost to the resolution of the images it saves to your camera roll after you take a picture in the app. Sadly, your photos on Instagram’s web-based share pages remain at the current low resolution, though.
Real-Time Filters and Tilt-Shift
Besides these new features, Instagram has also made some changes to the user interface. Most of these are subtle, but the camera UI is now definitely more usable than ever before and gives you faster access to the service’s feature like tilt-shift and your flash settings. Maybe the coolest new feature here is that both the regular filters and tilt-shift functionality now work in real-time as you are composing your picture.