Instagram, Vine and a host of photo sharing apps are already keeping smartphone users busy as a bee. To make any impact in such a crowded market not only takes a lot of guts, but also a remarkably unique and creative vision. Fyusion, makers of the spatial photo app Fyuse are attempting to move users away from the traditional robotic 'point and click' model of snapping photos to a more humanised way of capturing them - via taps and waves of their app. In this post, we take a look at how Fyusion attempts to shake the traditional mobile photography space.
Capture Panoramic Selfies & More with Fyuse Photo App
Fyuse photos are somewhere between a still photo and a GIF. To capture an object fyuse, you point your screen at an object and then tilt or move the phone around the object. To capture a selfie, activate the selfie mode in the camera screen, press the screen and tilt the phone. Voila! You have a panoramic photo or panoramic selfie to share with the world.
To start using Fyuse, you first need to sign up with an email address and password. Or use the only social login option available at the moment, Facebook.
Once on the Home UI, you will see fyuse captures shared by the community in an Instagram-like feed. As you scroll down new fyuses are loaded. You can add your comments, like a fyuse, share (echo it), report and perform a few additional actions from the options available at the bottom of the shared images.
Tapping on an image brings out the full screen version which, in some cases, is breathtaking. You can then tilt your phone to see the panoramic snapshot.
At the bottom of the screen, you have various tab options. The Compass icon opens a screen where you can find categories such as popular, trending, and featured fyuses, as well as search for fyuses by users and hashtags.
The Bell icon takes you to the Activity page where you can quickly view all your interactions. The Profile tab is where you update your account settings, set your cache options and choose whether to download your fyuses. You will also find all your galleries, local fyuses, followers and following count here.
The Camera tab is where you capture fyuses. Before you do your first capture, you will see instructions on how to get started. You must press and hold the bottom of the screen to activate the camera. Then you need to point to an object and move or tilt your phone in one direction - either, left, right, top or down. You should not sway your phone both ways. You MUST move only in one direction. Fyuses can be captured in landscape or portrait modes.
Once you capture a Fyuse, it is displayed as a thumbnail image at the bottom right of the camera screen. You can click on it and then tilt your phone to see a preview. To share the image, click the Share icon at the bottom of the screen. In the next screen, you can trim the photo and then click Next to add a description and location, and choose whether you want to make it public or share on Facebook.
With the Fyuse spatial photo app, you can capture panoramic selfies, group selfies, 360 degree objects, and vertical panorama just to name a few. There's a helpful guide (click the (i) icon) at the top of the camera screen to access the guides for the different capture options.
The Good and The Bad of Fyuse Beta
Before I get to the pros and cons of Fyuse, you must remember that the app is currently in beta on Android.
Fyuse offers a beautiful and amazing way to capture 3D images allowing anyone (with a steady hand) to capture stunning images effortlessly.
The app offers plenty of helpful tips and on-screen cues such as arrows for taking the right shots, for each image type.
All fyuses captured are stored in the library and you can edit them at your convenience before sharing them.
Areas for Improvement
Once a fyuse is captured, it will appear as a thumbnail image at the bottom of the screen. Clicking this will render the image, but in many instances, I just drew a blank screen.
At present, the only editing tool that is available in the Android app is the Trim functionality.
The Beta version of the app is not fully featured like the iOS version. It would have been nice to see more features in the beta.
The app is still young and so is its community.
All images are slow to load, and this with a speedy internet connection. Users with poor internet connectivity may struggle to use the app.
The app is still lacking in more social sharing platforms.
Fyuse is still in beta so there are many chinks that must be ironed out before the final product emerges. That said, Fyuse takes photo capturing to a whole new level. It leaves plenty of room for creativity and the final product can be immersive and breathtaking as I've seen in many of the community shares.
If you want to experience Fyuse, go ahead and click the link below.
If you want the full featured stable iOS version, click here.