Instagram 6.0 thinks it's the only camera app you need

The latest update brings more extensive editing tools and better control over filters
Instagram 6.0 wants to kill off other camera apps

Felt that Instagram was just for posting photos? Well the photosharing app plans to prove you wrong by adding a set of what it calls 'creative tools' in its latest update, Instagram 6.0.

Instagram announced the update and what it entails on its blog. Besides the usual filters, Instagram now allows the control freak in you the ability to adjust parameters like contrast, brightness, saturation and warmth. That's good news for people who actually know a thing or two about image editing. The rest of us who don't can continue with posting pictures as usual.

The most obvious change is that when you select a filter, a new wrench icon pops up. Press it and then you're served with the new photo editing tools. You can pretty much adjust the heck out of a filter instead of just settling for the default look.

A photo editing and sharing app in one

Instagram claims that you now have the equivalent features of apps like Camera+ and Photoshop Express all for the great price of free.

Here's the list of the app's new tools:

  • Filter Strength
  • Adjust
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Warmth
  • Saturation:
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Vignette
  • Sharpen

The tools are easily controlled by sliders, which you can fiddle with until you get the best result. Instagram also allows you to preview your changes before you finalise them. But if all these options are overwhelming, the good news is that the Lux auto-magic lighting tool is still available for users who don't need or want to fiddle too much to get a decent photo.

Another tweak is for Instagram video. You no longer need to set a cover photo for the video, it's entirely optional. This is to speed up the video sharing process so perhaps video will be making more of an appearance now on your Instagram feed.

With over 200 million users, Instagram is arguably the most popular photo sharing app. With its ability to sync up with Facebook and Twitter, its impressive featureset that you ordinarily need to pay for in other apps is entirely free on Instagram.

Just grab the latest version if you haven't from the App Store as well as Google Play.

[Source: Techcrunch]