Comparing Spark AR vs Lens Studio is a tricky job because Spark AR is owned by Meta(Facebook) and used in Instagram filters, whereas Lens Studio is Snapchat’s proprietary AR tool, and both are parallel to each other.
Spark AR Studio and Lens Studio are the top AR tools out there, and both have good features, but also have some pros and cons.
Spark AR Studio vs Lens Studio
The Spark AR is made for Facebook Camera, also works with Instagram and Oculus. And the Lens Studio only works with Snapchat. Excluding platform compatibility, let’s discuss which AR tool is best.
Which AR software has better Scripting
Both Lens Studio and Spark AR allow you to add a custom script, and make it run according to your need.
Which AR has better UI
Both tools have a similar UI as Unity Game Engine, making it easier for game developers to switch to AR. Spark AR and Lens Studio both offer a user-friendly interface, similar system requirements, and rapid performance, rendering, and deployment. Spark AR, on the other hand, includes both a Dark and a Light Theme, whereas Lens Studio is limited to Dark Mode.
The major difference is, you can preview and test your lens within the IDE or by pairing it with your Snapchat. But with Spark AR, you need to download a dedicated Spark AR Player to test your filters.
Spark AR vs Lens Studio Face Recognization
Face recognization is much better in Snapchat because the AI is trained with a huge amount of samples. After all, most people use it to take selfies.
Whereas Facebook/Instagram is used as an entertainment medium. On Instagram people create less and consume more, Instagram is a recommendation engine, and people are addicted to scrolling, and very few people use it to take selfies which gives fewer samples to the AI get trained.
Lens Studio vs Spark AR Surface Detection
Surface detection is a little better in Lens Studio, and again it is the same reason. Snapchat’s rear camera is widely used to place their dancing Bitmoji on the floor, and it has more samples for AI to get trained.
The features are similar in both Augmented Reality, but we are discussing accuracy. Both Lens Studio and Spark AR Studio have Face detection, object detection, position tracking, etc.
- Spark AR Voice UI – With Spark AR you can tweak the voice input to make it sound funny, dramatic, or whatever you wish, but it doesn’t have speech recognization.
- Lens Studio Voice UI – Lens Studio has speech recognization with transcription enabled. You can add voice commands to your filters to make more interactive.
In the end, it’s not about which software has better features, both the tools have similar features with a slight differentiation. It depends on your purpose, If you want to develop a filter for Snapchat, Lens Studio is the only option. If you want it for Instagram/Facebook, except for Spark AR Studio you don’t have any other option.
For starters, remember that people use Snapchat to take selfies that make them look better than they are, whereas, in Instagram, the AR filters are widely used to play games such as Guessing Age, Guessing Nationality, and so on. So you should be clear with your purpose.