Facebook may have thought Instagram was a billion dollar idea, but not everyone is a fan. With this in mind, Facebook has released an Instagram-esque camera app for the iPhone allowing users without an Instagram account to shoot, edit and share their photos right to Facebook with similar filters to Instagram.
When you first launch Facebook Camera, naturally you’ll need to login with your Facebook credentials, to allow for viewing and sharing features. Once logged in, the home screen is very reminiscent of Instagram, however, users of Facebook Camera will be able to view friends photos as well as shoot, edit and share your own memories. The app works well as a photo viewer, allowing users to like, comment and tag photos with a couple clicks, and scroll through friends photos seamlessly, all while being a touch away from capturing your own shots should the need arise.
Shooting & Editing Photos
The camera portion lacks a bit, allowing users to select flash and focus as the only options. Once you’ve shot your pic, choose from one of 15 filters, all very familiar might I add to it’s sister app Instagram. Continue to crop, enhance and rotate your pic if desired, then click to add it to the queue of photos to be uploaded.
Once the photo is set to your liking, it’ll automatically save to your Camera Roll where you can leave it if you wish, however chances are you’re gonna want to share it with your Facebook friends. In this case, Facebook friends are the only network of friends this app can share with, so go ahead and tag, comment and finally share the pic(s) to your wall for all to see. Because this is a native Facebook app, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see the option to share it via any of Facebook’s rival social networks, but as I mentioned earlier, if you’re a loyal FB user then this is a great, headache free way to share your photos online.
One thing I really like about Facebook Camera is how nicely its user interface is laid out. Aside from the blue accents, you’d never know it was tightly integrated with the social media giant. The photo browser is a nice, simple way to scour you photo feed without having to read all the status updates and see who’s winning what game. As I mentioned earlier, the camera is a bit too simple for my liking, yet the process of selecting, editing and uploading photos is made simple by the intuitive button choices and layout.
I reviewed this app because I’m a huge fan of Instagram, but I have friends who aren’t. I feel this app is great for the few who haven’t and likely won’t jump on the Instagram bandwagon, and those who are comfortable with Facebook and love sharing photos. If you nestle it nicely beside your Facebook icon, I believe it’ll get some good use and hopefully help everyone to share more pictures more often.