Facebook has launched two new camera modes for its Stories feature. Those are 'Boomerang' for videos, and 3D drawing, which can be used in both videos and pictures.
In an attempt to bring its Stories feature on-par with Snapchat, Facebook has brought the popular 'Boomerang' video effect from Instagram. It allows you to shoot a burst of photos to then turn into a short looping video. Boomerang videos are usually quite entertaining and we are glad to see them added to Facebook.
The other new addition is what Facebook calls '3D drawing' and is based on augmented reality. Using it you can draw random stuff on the screen while or before recording a video. What's unique, you'll see your 3D drawings as if they are real. This is achieved by using image recognition software that will "wrap" and fit your sketches with the surroundings. Whatever you draw also stays static and does not disappear even if you move the camera away. However, the 3D drawing technology is relatively new and can be buggy, especially when there are poor lighting conditions.
For those unfamiliar, Facebook Stories allows you to post pictures and videos for other users to view. Your additions appear in a chronological order, thus creating a "story" of your day. 'Stories' was first implemented in Snapchat, but has quickly been adopted by rivals Facebook and Instagram, which have launched their own Stories.