Until now, we could only shoot with the rear-facing camera on Instagram’s popular time-lapse video app, Hyperlapse. As of 25th September 2014, users will now be able to shoot using their front-facing camera to create what Instagram calls a #selfielapse.
The original Hyperlapse app was launched on August 26th in response to time lapses becoming more mainstream, and makes it super easy to create one. Lapses are a technique often used in film where video is captured at a lower frame rate than normal and played back at a standard frame rate —meaning things that take a long time, like a sunset, can take seconds. By merging time lapses and selfies, Instagram is hoping to benefit from the popularity of the two trends.
The updated app now has a small button next to the shutter that toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras. Switching to the front camera will alert you that you are switching to “selfielapse” mode.
Hyperlapse is only available for iOS at the moment, and version 1.1 is available as an update right now.