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Instagram goes 2.0 with live filters and higher resolution images

Instagram goes 2.0 with live filters and higher resolution images
Stuart Dredge

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Social / Instagram / September 20th 2011 at 6:24PM

Photo-sharing service gets a revamp nearly one year after launching.

Photo-sharing iPhone service Instagram has nearly 10 million users, who from today can upgrade to version 2.0 of its application.

The key feature: high-resolution photos. One of the weaknesses of Instagram until now was that the photos it output were capped at 612x612-pixel resolution. Not any more. Now, the maximum is 1,936x1,936 pixels on the iPhone 4, although they are saved on the device itself: the 612x612 cap remains for actually uploading them to Instagram itself.

Other new features include live filters, where people can test the effects they plan to apply to their shots in real-time while lining them up, and four new filters: Amaro, Rise, Hudson, and Valencia.

The application's 'Tilt-Shift' selective blur feature is now 100 times faster according to Instagram, with the preset borders for each filter now also option. Oh, and there's a new icon.

Instagram is far from the only photo-sharing application available for iPhone, but at this point in time it's the one with most traction. That said, Facebook has been rumoured to be adding more photo features to its own apps - including filters. If those are announced at the social network's f8 conference this Thursday, Instagram's update won't have come a moment too soon.