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Yahoo launches major new Flickr update for iPhone

Yahoo this week released a major update for its Flickr iOS app, complete with new camera tools and filtering options to jazz up your mobile snaps.

The latest version comes with a brand-new set of filters, offering a "range of dynamic and stunning effects," according to the App Store description. You can also now scroll through and preview the effects of each filter before taking a photo, and customise filters to get the exact look you want.

Besides that, the app has a new camera that lets you compose your shots with a grid to make sure everything is lined up perfectly. You can also pinch and zoom, as well as lock your focus and exposure points.

"In our view, taking a photo should be an enhancement of what you're experiencing and seeing through your device," the Flickr team wrote in a blog post.

"We've come up with a camera that gives you full control over how your final photo looks, even before you snap the shot."

Finally, the updated app introduces "professional editing tools" for free, like the ability to enhance, crop, sharpen, adjust colour, use levels, and add vignettes. "You now have a complete photo studio in your hands," Flickr said.

Many of the new features come from Yahoo's June acquisition of GhostBird Software, maker of the KitCam camera app. The update comes after Yahoo first added 16 photo-enhancing filters, as well as photo correction, retouching, and other tools to its Flickr iOS app back in December.

Flickr said a growing number of photos uploaded to the photo-sharing service come from smartphones, especially the iPhone 5.