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Facebook creates Camera app for photo sharing and viewing on iOS

By dpreview staff on May 24, 2012 at 17:21 GMT

Facebook has announced a free app called Camera that focuses on viewing and sharing photos. Instead of showing what your friends are doing and thinking, it just dives straight to their photo galleries. The app also allows you to share multiple photos at a time, including descriptions and tagging. There are also tools for cropping and applying filters to your images. The app allows Facebook to be used in a much more Instagram-like manner (and it seems too soon for this to be a product of the Facebook buyout).

First impressions:

The interface of the Facebook Camera app is clean and simple, and does precisely what it promises: lets you easily browser your 'Friends' photos. As you scroll down through people's posts, you can simply swipe sideways to view any other images in the same set. Uploading groups of photos is also very simple (and a great improvement over the existing Facebook App).

However, the problem we hit is not down to the app - it's down to the fact that Facebook isn't primarily a photo site, regardless of how many images are uploaded to it. The App doesn't allow you to see only contributions from your photographically-inclined friends so, unlike Instagram or even Flickr, the ratio of 'snaps' to photos is off-putting.

 The app makes it easy to view and explore photos  It also has editing tools and filters
It makes it easy to upload multiple images... ...and decide who should get to see them.

Comments

Total comments: 35
Heather Protz
By Heather Protz (May 31, 2012)

All that Facebook touches these days are turning into gold.

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nickylyte
By nickylyte (May 29, 2012)

Whether you're pro or against Facebook, at least they manage to keep their fans interested and active by releasing apps like this one. Where is the alledged FB killer Google + in all this?

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frigoa
By frigoa (Jun 5, 2012)

This is actually a response to G+. G+, out the gate, had excellent integration with Picasa and Android for photo sharing. I'd still say, even with this new Facebook photo app, that G+ is a better experience as a photo-centric social site.

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Mike4679
By Mike4679 (Jun 12, 2012)

I actually agree, even though I am an Apple fan, I do have an android device due to my commitment to T-mo (kill me now...), and I have to say that is the only thing that I love about my device and it's OS...btw I think G+ is way to go for photographers compared to facebook - way better exposure.

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carino
By carino (May 28, 2012)

Anyone using FB or planning to use FB for their photography should read this:
http://blog.exposedplanet.com/why-sharing-photos-on-facebook-is-bad-for-you/

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das7282
By das7282 (May 29, 2012)

Carino... Facebook (and every other photo sharing site) needs you to grant them permission to a "non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook" so they can show other people your photos... Like your friends and family and anyone else that is your "friend". If you did not grant them this permission then you would be the only person that would be allowed to see your photos on their site. It's just like a gallery would need your permission to display your works... right?

As for Facebook being bad for me as a photographer... Well I am still just an amateur but Facebook helped make me over $6000 in 2011... Just by people seeing my photos on Facebook and hiring me for a shoot. I don't see how Facebook is bad for me as a photographer.

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costinul_ala
By costinul_ala (May 27, 2012)

the screens shots bring back dark memories since I was using an iPhoney

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btdown
By btdown (May 26, 2012)

lol people still use facebook? come on..its soooo 2 years ago...

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Ann Chaikin
By Ann Chaikin (May 26, 2012)

No interest to me. I don't spend time on people's photos unless there is one I am particularly interested in.

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pauld77
By pauld77 (May 26, 2012)

No Android app...typical!

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (May 28, 2012)

Actually, Android had it first and people complained about the extra icons in the app drawer, that FB removed them. I didn't like the extra icons in the app drawer, but would have liked to see them as an option in the preferences.

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (May 30, 2012)

Yeah, it sucked.

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (May 25, 2012)

"The App doesn't allow you to see only contributions from your photographically-inclined friends"

Obvious solution: take your non-photographically-inclined friends to one side and tell them that they're not your friends any more, then dump 'em. It's cruel, but sometimes you have to be cruel, and sometimes it's just more entertaining that way.

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dtmoody
By dtmoody (May 25, 2012)

I enjoy Instagram, very much so. I 'm not on "Face-Crack". I hope that Instagram does not go away now.

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PeakAction
By PeakAction (May 27, 2012)

I hate to break it to you, but facebook recently bought instagram.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (May 25, 2012)

FFS you moaners, no one is actually forcing you to use it!

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emircruz
By emircruz (May 25, 2012)

i dont understand. they buy instagram for a billion dollars and then they release this.

anyone care to share their insights?

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (May 25, 2012)

Seems like it's the same thing they added to the Android version, then pulled it out, because people didn't want multiple facebook icons in there app drawer.

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Peter Galbavy
By Peter Galbavy (May 25, 2012)

.. which is a shame, cause it's the first new feature in the Android app I thought was any good. That and not having to have a separate Messenger install (which is maybe why they pulled it?)

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Photog74
By Photog74 (May 25, 2012)

Yeah it's a shame they've pulled it.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (May 25, 2012)

It would have been ok if they let you hide the icon from the app drawer and make it a widget for the screen.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (May 25, 2012)

I don't add valuable photos to FB... only a few snaps and delete pix I deem valuable every month or so. Facebook is fun.

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69chevy
By 69chevy (May 25, 2012)

I saw this post today. This afternoon the app was already on my phone. I guess Facebook can install an app without me knowing? Creepy...

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Burbclaver
By Burbclaver (May 24, 2012)

Facebook is a wet dream for government snoopers. Who would have thought we would all have divulged so much personal information about ourselves without even being asked? If there were laws saying you had to tell the FBI everybody you were remotely connected to we'd be screaming about loss of freedoms. Sorry to be off topic, but I hate FB. I would like nothing better than to see FB crash and burn.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (May 25, 2012)

Is anybody forcing you to use it?

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Kiran P
By Kiran P (May 27, 2012)

Couldn't agree more. Can't believe that they managed to get so much money from their IPO... which is of course slowly going downhill. I hope that people soon realize that having your life on facebook isn't that cool after all. But then again, maybe I'm not cool cause my life isn't on there... LOL

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glanglois
By glanglois (May 24, 2012)

"Instead of showing what your friends are doing and thinking, it just dives straight to their photo galleries."

Now I'm aggravated. My FB apps don't show what my 5,217 friends are thinking. I must not have the telepathy app. Probably needs a Bluetooth brain implant. I didn't get that implant so I can't learn from their implants. I'm just so ..... disconnected.

PS: Facebook IPO = schadenfreude. $33. Probably a dead cat bounce.

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Jogger
By Jogger (May 24, 2012)

apps are just fun ways for companies to take you information and those of your contacts.. you did read the tos right?

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deep7
By deep7 (May 24, 2012)

Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like it will be quite useful.

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jon404
By jon404 (May 24, 2012)

I don't like Facebook. The last time I went to look at a picture on a friend's page, they demanded my cellphone number. I think it's just a big hustle to get marketing information.

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Shakens
By Shakens (May 24, 2012)

any news on an android version?

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WT21
By WT21 (May 24, 2012)

FINALLY, though I'm sure in true facebook style, they are sniffing your contacts and everything else on your smart phone at the same time.

Is it wrong that I'm enjoying the train wreck that is the FB IPO?

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bbwttr
By bbwttr (May 24, 2012)

Does any body think that might be intrusive.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 24, 2012)

A free app! Worth an IPO of its own! Shares offered at $1 would be an infinite multiple of earnings, sure, but think of the potential. The sky is the limit. Risks? Nah.

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M Irwin
By M Irwin (May 24, 2012)

Will this work on my Newton 2000?

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Total comments: 35