Instagram Stories Copies Snapchat’s One Handed Zoom Feature In New Update

Ali Salman
Posted Aug 16, 2016
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Instagram launched a new feature earlier this month, which brought mixed feelings to users who already used Snapchat. We cannot simply call Instagram Stories a Snapchat rip-off as the feature does pack a basket of features for newcomers. With that said, the Facebook-owned Instagram has received a new update that brings quite a handful of features to the table. Solely, the update consists of various camera related additions for the Instagram Stories feature. So lets dig in to what the update has in store for users.

Instagram Stories Enhanced With New Camera Improvements

According to the update release notes, users now have the ability to zoom with one hand while you’re recording video. All you have to do is slide your finger up and down while holding the record button. This feature seems to be more practical compared to the two handed operation. However, this a feature that Snapchat introduced a while back. Can we say that Instagram is blatantly copying Snapchat?

Instagram Stories

Other than this, if you want to switch camera mode while you are recording video, now you can simply double tap to flip the camera while you’re recording video. This will not stop the video from recording and altogether the recorded video will end up to be more seamless. Definitely, this feature is new to Instagram and will produce unique and extraordinary videos to share with your friends.

Other than camera improvements, the update also brings a handful of bug fixes and improvements to make Instagram Stories a better experience for users. Users who are new to Instagram Stories might as well know that Snapchat was first to introduce Stories and many other features that have been included in Instagram. Moreover, it depends on users whether they prefer Instagram Stories over Snapchat or the other way around.

Instagram Stories

Since Instagram was initially a photo sharing platform and catered abundant users, all of them have been redirected to Instagram Stories. This feature was, hence, available to users even if they did not opted for it. Once you share your photos of the day, they appear in a series of auto-disappearing format, much like Snapchat. Nonetheless, you can try Instagram Stories right now on both iOS and Android. The feature has been designed very well so do give it a swing.

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Instagram is available for free from the App Store and Google Play Store, so be sure to install it if you haven’t already. This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Instagram Stories? How did you like the new camera improvements? Let us know in the comments.

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