Finally, it seems Instagram has pushed past its original 640x640 image resolution and made way in almost doubling that to 1080x1080 this week. First noticed a few days ago when posting over the July 4th weekend my iPhone 6 Plus had not left my images soft when hitting the 'share' button but rather closely maintained its original image quality. It took me a few days and some digging in the source code but I had noticed my photos breaking a much larger resolution by surprise.
It seems Instagram has yet to publicly announce the change, though if you are a heavy Instagram user, you may have already noticed the jump yourself. I almost missed it due to going dark over the holiday weekend and missing my once a day posting schedule per usual the last couple years. The image quality has been the number one concern I hear from professional photographers wanting to join the app to share their work, claiming fear the image quality is not up to par as a legit portfolio sharing tool. Even though we have photographers going full time as professional Instagrammers, doubters still flood the app wanting more in the way for the pro level shooters. I myself bring in 90% of my freelance through Instagram and work through the app now encompasses the majority of my freelance income each year, some of which is shot with nothing more than my iPhone.
Check out the example of images below on your phone, the first two are before the update and the last two are after. I had noticed a drastic change in image quality when posting to the social network from my iPhone 6 Plus. Having to hack my way to a higher quality photo by adding a slight bit of sharpening and structure in-app to achieve the look I wanted.
What do you think, can you tell a difference in these shots or photos of your own that have been posted recently? Will this bring more professional photographers to the mix now that the image resolution has been raised? With a change like doubling the resolution you would think they would make an announcement by now.