“We’re getting one picture taken every two seconds from places all over the world,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said.

Instagram is a photo taking and sharing app for iPhone, which has won100,000 mobile photo addicts less than a week after launch, 1,000,000 in 3 months after its first release in Apple’s app store in Oct.2010 and 2 million by Feb 2011. Recently, Instagram just got updated to version 1.6.5 with new tiltshift features and huge speed improvements. By the use of a suitable product, sharing photos taking by mobile phones gradually becomes a new lifestyle. It helps people notice the immense potential of this market, and leads them to explore in this field. We now take a look at an overview of some similar picture sharing services in China.

1) Maopaopaipai

Maopaopaipai is a photo snapping and sharing app released by Maopao. com, owned by Sky Mobi.

Special photo effects: A variety of filters;

Support synchronization platform: Sina Weibo, Renren, Kaixin001, Douban, Fanfou;

Client Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad iOS 3.1 or higher version;

2) Tuitu / Mzpai

Tuitu is a smartphone based photo sharing and social networking platform. Combining camera, filter, network sharing, geographical positioning, and commenting, it’s very similar to Instagram.

Photo effects: 18 high quality filters;

Support synchronization platform: Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo;

Client Platform: iPhone, Android;


Lomokr (Magic Music Library) provides a photo sharing network on for users and filters to transform shots into pieces of arts which are all very similar to Instragram buttons.The main product features include, a key to landscape photos, fast upload and download, sync and sharing community.

Special photo effects: more than 10 photo filters, users only need one click to landscape a photo;

Support sync platform: Sina Weibo, Tecent Weibo, Sohu Weibo, Kaixin001, Douban;

Client Platform: iPhone;

4) Youtu

Youtu is a completely free photo sharing community, who a sister product of the award-winning PhotoWonder(Innovation works family member). Youtu helps users to build their own photo diaries, share moments with friends anytime anywhere, and find friends who share common interests with.

Special photo effects: 12 selected photo filters;

Support sync platform: Renren, facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Kaixin001;

Client Platform: Android;

5) Lemeleme

Lemeleme is a latest released utility for iphone photograph. Some users call Lemeleme is a must-have app, which has hyper-cool photo effects, hyper-smart photo management by tagging, calendar, and map. Some other special features of Lemeleme: Shaking to share photos, auto-focus, animated photo diary.

Special photo effects: quick change 16 photo effects and 11 photo frames;

Support sync platform: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Renren, Kaixin001, Sina Weibo, Tecent Weibo;

Client Platform: iPhone, iPad

6) Tuding

Tuding is a free photo sharing app released by GeoSolutions Holdings N.V. (subsidiary company of GeoSentric). GyPSii®’s Tuding and Weilingdi are already global leading location-based mobile social networking apps.

Special photo effects: more than 10 filters such as Monroe, Mong Kok, Gothic, etc.

Support sync platform: Sina Weibo, Sohu Weibo, 163 Weibo, Kaixin001;

Client Platform: iPhone, Android, Symbian, Blackberry;

7) Dingzai

Dingzai Air Camera is a fun Lomo app for iPhone and Android. As one of early players working on mobile photo sharing, Dingzai has a web-based service via which users can manage their images uploaded, view their friends’ uploads and send a messages.

Special photo effects: 8 Lomo cameras and more than 40 photo landscaping effects;

Support sync platform: Renren, Sina Weibo, Twitter, facebook;

Client Platform: iPhone, Android;

8) Suipai

Suipai is a Sina Weibo-based iPhone/iPod touch app, functioning in photo shooting, effects processing, photo sharing and subscribing, etc.

Special photo effects: multiple filters;

Support sync platform: Sina Weibo;

Client platform: iPhone;

Photo sharing is probably the most needed app on today’s mobile phones besides texting and calling, which is closely related to the fact that most smartphones got a camera on it, and people are happy to use it instead of to carry a heavy SLR camera around. We will continue a series on China’s smartphone photo taking apps. If you are also a mobile photo addict, please pay close attention to our follow-ups.

Yasmin Li

Born in the generation after 80s and has MA degree in TEFL from Swansea University, UK. She loves travelling around and is interested in education, technology, environmental protection, creative designs,...

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  1. couldn’t find the one i need. maybe Dingzai seems to be the one closest to my needs. but i couldn’t download it yet. damn market unable to connect.

  2. Why do we always start a Chinese startup story from some American popular service? I am so sick of these copycats. I am so sick of these clones.

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