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Fyuse review: A new, exciting way to capture photos

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When it's done rendering, you can then trim the Fyuse for length and edit the brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation and sharpness. You can also add a vignette and apply one of nine filters, with options to adjust their intensity. On the editing screen, you can also save a still snapshot of the Fyuse to your phone. When you're done editing, you can write a description, add hashtags, and tag parts of the Fyuse before your publish it. You decide if you want to keep it private or make it public, which shares it with the Fyuse community and through your social networks.

The most interesting Fyuses have some movement in them, beyond you simply moving the camera, but the app gives you a lot of creative freedom to shoot any subject you want. That could be a 360-degree view of a room in your house, a panorama of beautiful scenery, or an expressive selfie. There are nearly endless ways to use Fyuse, and that's what makes this app memorable.

Fyuse community

While you can keep your Fyuses private, the app thrives on its community of photographers who share their creations in an Instagram-like feed. As you scroll through the feed, Fyuses load automatically and you can tilt your phone to see them in action. Tap on any Fyuse to see the full-size version, which takes up your entire screen.

Below each Fyuse, there's a spot to leave comments, like the Fyuse, and "echo" it, which shares it with your followers, just like a retweet on Twitter. There are also options to share it to Facebook, Twitter, in a text, via email or by copying the direct link. If the Fyuse is yours, you can also edit or delete it the share menu.

Like Instagram, Fyuse lets you add hashtags to your posts, so others can find what you've shared. In the compass tab, you can browse or search popular hashtags to explore the community. Your Fyuse feed is prepopulated with top users, and you can follow people to see when they post a new Fyuse. The app will also find your friends if you sign up with Facebook or connect your Twitter account.

The biggest drawback of Fyuse is that its community is smaller that Instagram's or Vine's, so you might not get the same social interactions on your posts. However, the app makes up for this by letting you share fully interactive Fyuses to Facebook and Twitter.

On Facebook's desktop site, Fyuses are embedded in your posts and they'll move as you drag the cursor across them. On mobile, a shared Fyuse from Facebook and Twitter open in a webpage where you can tilt your phone to make it move. Finally, if you share a Fyuse via email, it turns into a GIF.

Final thoughts

Fyuse is unlike any other photo app I've come across, and that's what makes it so special. The images you capture seem to leap off the screen and the immersive, 3D-like effects make Fyuses more interesting than a still photo, video or GIF. While those mediums aren't going anywhere, I like having a new way of capturing the world.

Fyuse isn't quite perfect yet -- there are a few bugs in both versions of the apps, but not enough to damper the experience. Likewise, the community is small and still growing, but the app makes up for that with solid sharing features.

If you're looking to break out of an Instagram rut, or just want to shoot something more than a 15-second video, give Fyuse a try.

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