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December 16, 2016

New Camera, Filters Come to Facebook Messenger

Facebook has launched a built-in camera for its Messenger app that not only takes photos but enables you to add frames, masks, stickers and a handful of other special effects to your images.

“We’ve seen that the way people are messaging is becoming much more visual. In fact, over 2.5 billion emojis, photos, stickers and videos are sent every day on Messenger,” Messenger product manager  Peter Martinazzi said in a blog post. “In some ways the camera is now replacing the keyboard. As more people use Messenger in their everyday lives, we wanted to make it faster, simpler and more fun to send photos and videos — so we built the new Messenger camera.”

Using the Messenger camera is easy and convenient because it is just one tap away. The shutter button is in the bottom center of the screen. A simple tap of the finger takes a photo while a longer one records a video. From there, you have the option of dressing up your photo with filters, 3D masks and other special effects, including a number of holiday options.

“We are especially excited to debut 3D masks and special effects, which make it super easy to apply an artistic filter to your full screen photo and to turn your world into a work of art,” Martinazzi said. “Try them out — you can take a selfie and transform into a reindeer or play with falling snow or even just ask someone how they are doing — it’s the perfect way to spread a little happiness in your messages.”


You can also add some interest to your text messages courtesy of the palette icon by the shutter. From there, you will be taken to a blank canvas where you can add art and stickers to your text.

“We’re making it super easy to add more delight to the conversations you’re having about what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and the plans you are making,” Martinazzi said. “Of course, if you just want to send a message with only text, you can still do that too. All of the features that you know and love in Messenger are just the same. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts about our new Messenger camera.”

To see Messenger camera in action, check out the video below.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.