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Facebook Messenger Gets Powerful New Camera with Special Effects

Facebook has unveiled an overhaul of Messenger’s in-app camera that turns the chat app into another Snapchat clone. You can now create photo art in message threads. Facebook is experimenting with features lifted from Snapchat in all its major properties.

That might not be for long. In the coming days, whether you use Messenger on Android or iOS, you’ll see a revamped camera experience. For starters, the camera button will be placed in the center of the screen, and you’ll see it when you’re in a conversation or if you’ve just opened the app. So it’s basically always one tap away.

The new and improved Messenger camera is now just a tap away and is always ready to capture the moment. You will now see the shutter button at the center of the screen, a tap takes photo, a long press records a video. New art and special effects can now also be found within Messenger. There are thousands of new stickers, frames, masks and effects to choose from as well, and you can easily customize the way you want to use them.

Speaking of which, one tap takes a picture, while long-pressing the button will start recording video. Facebook is also bringing art and special effects to the experience, including “3D masks”, which are easy to apply filters for your full screen photos. So yes, like Snapchat. Facebook says “you can take a selfie and transform into a reindeer or play with falling snow” among other things.

And there’s more! Unique to Messenger we’ve also created a place where you can make your text messages even more fun. Check out the palette icon by the shutter and it will take you 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.

But what about stickers? Well, there are thousands of those to choose from too, alongside frames, masks, and effects. Unlike some competitors, Facebook is boasting that it’s worked with “artists and influencers all over the world” to come up with these.

Finally, your text messages can become more fun too. There’s a new palette icon by the shutter which will take you to a blank canvas where you can add art stickers to your text.

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