updated 12/13/2012 3:52:01 PM ET 2012-12-13T20:52:01

Twitter added filters to its mobile app this week, so users are now able to easily edit their smartphone photos without using another app. Open Twitter, shoot a photo, apply a filter and post. But if you're an Instagram user, you may not be satisfied with the results.

With Twitter, photo quality takes a backseat to convenience. In a side-by-side comparison, matching the eight Twitter filters with their closest Instagram counterpart, you can see that in most cases, the Twitter images lose a lot of detail when filtered.

And where  Instagram  is subtle (cooling photos with icy tones in the Hudson filter, for example), Twitter filters tend to overpower (its Cool filter turns images blue). Likewise, Twitter's warm filters, including Warm, Happy and Vintage, add far too much yellow.

However, if you're short on time, you may have to settle for Twitter's filters. Instagram recently changed its settings so that when you share an Instagram photo to Twitter, it no longer appears as a photo; instead, it will appear as a link that your Twitter followers have to view on  Instagram's website .

After comparing the filters in the chart below, you may decide that the wisest course is to go filter-free on Twitter and save your artistic endeavors for Instagram.

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