Instagram is Phasing Out Live FiltersSince it initially launched, one of the hotly demanded Instagram features was Live Filters. That is, the ability to see your photo through a filter before you take it. The feature was put in fairly recently, but is being removed going forward.
"As of the current release (v3.1), Instagram does not support live filters on the iPhone 5," says an entry on the Instagram help center. "Going forward, live filters will be phased out as we work to improve the Instagram experience for all users."
There's no indication of whether the live filter feature will be brought back in time, nor is there any word on whether the filters that were removed and changed to make way for live filters will be brought back.