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Instagram 3.2 App Review

Mobile Monday is a weekly CanvasPop blog series featuring reviews on some of the coolest mobile photography apps available. Check back on Mondays for a new review!

Our favorite mobile app has just gotten a bit of a facelift and we’re so excited about it! The makers of Instagram have just rolled out their new 3.2 version update for the popular app. Two of the biggest changes you’ll see within this new version are an improved camera feature, as well as a new filter option. We can’t wait to see their new filter showcased on one of our awesome Instagram prints!

This is the largest upgrade to their iOS camera in over a year, and they say they’ve made improvements to both its speed and look. Here’s the skinny on the new update via Instagram:

We’ve brought the look of Instagram’s camera up to parity with the rest of our application. You’ll notice the following changes:

  • 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.

You’ve asked for more filters, and we’re excited to announce a brand new filter in both the latest iOS and Android releases! Willow is a monochrome filter with subtle purple tones and a translucent glowing white border. This filter works well on portraits, still life and architecture photographs with contrast.

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.


  • 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.


Photo credit: The Next Web