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Fyuse review: A new, exciting way to capture photos

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The Good Fyuse's interactive moving photos are unique and engaging. The app is easy and fun to use.

The Bad The app's community is small, and there are a few bugs in both the Android and iOS versions.

The Bottom Line Check out Fyuse if you want a new way to capture images that are a mixture of a photo, video and GIF.


7.5 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 8
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 6

Somewhere between a photo, a video and a GIF sits Fyuse (pronounced "fuse"). This app for iOS and Android creates interactive photos that move as you tilt and rotate your phone in your hand.

By turning your phone, you control how fast the photo moves. The effect is more immersive than a photo and yet different than watching a video or GIF. Fyuse calls this "spatial photography," and it's definitely worth checking out for yourself.

With Instagram and Vine dominating the way we share photos and videos, it can be tough for a newcomer like Fyuse to gain enough traction. While Fyuse's community is far smaller than Instagram's, the app brings a fresh approach to shooting and sharing what's around us.

Fyuse is available for iOS and is in beta on Android. The iOS version has the most features, especially when it comes to capturing, editing and sharing images.

Point, shoot, tilt

When creating a new Fyuse, think "point, shoot and tilt." You'll open the camera in the app, point it at whatever subject you want, press and hold the screen and begin tilting or moving your phone in one direction. When you begin recording, the app shows arrows to guide you. You can record up to 360 degrees in one direction, and once you reach that maximum, the recording automatically stops. Otherwise, you can simply lift your finger to stop capturing.

With each Fyuse, you're encouraged only shoot in one direction, either side to side (horizontally) or up and down (vertically). No matter how you move the phone, you can shoot in either landscape or portrait mode.

There are several capture modes to help you get a good shot, depending on the subject. Those include Panorama Selfie, Selfie, Group Fyuse, Object 360 degrees and Vertical Panorama. Each of those give you on-screen cues for getting the right shot with arrows and other helpful hints. You can also simply use the regular capture mode, which has settings for night mode and day mode, toggles for flash, and the option to switch between the front and back camera.

You can capture several Fyuses at a time and the app will save them until you're ready to edit and share them. Head over to the profile section of the app to see all of the Fyuses on your phone that you haven't deleted. I really like this feature, because it means I can spend a day shooting Fyuses, then edit and share them later on when I have some downtime.

You tap and hold to capture and follow the arrows in one direction to create a Fyuse. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Once you've finished recording a Fyuse, you tap the thumbnail that appears and the app will render it, which takes several seconds. I had some issues with both the iOS and Android app crashing while rendering, so be aware that might be an issue. However, once the app opened again, I was able to pick up where I left off.

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