Facebook has launched a Camera app for iOS that allows users to see photos and albums as well as upload pictures in bulk, with the option of added Instagram-like filters. If this all sounds very confusing, it should: the team began work on the app months ago, before the $1 billion Instagram purchase was even on the radar.
The app is fairly simple: once you log in it shows you a grid list of photos taken on your iPhone. You can choose to share one or many of them — by default it allows you to select multiple images, which is useful — and apply one of 15 included filters. You can also crop, rotate and do basic editing to a photo before uploading it.
The interface is slick — you can swipe up or down to show or hide your friends’ photos at any time — and the camera icon is always present, making it incredibly easy to snap a photo and upload it in seconds. By default the photos are added to your Mobile Uploads folder, and you can tag people in the photo(s) or add a location to the batch.
Camera for Facebook addresses a long-standing problem with the iOS app: that it doesn’t play nice with photos. Batch uploads have yet to be added to Android’s official Facebook app despite an overhaul of its camera interface, but the option is available from third-party alternatives.
What does this mean for fans of Instagram who were looking forward to better Facebook integration? Like not a whole lot. While it’s inevitable that some form of a Facetagram hybrid app is coming in the future, Instagram is a completely different social network that puts photos first; Facebook makes it easy to entire albums , but downplays the importance of individual shots.
If you’re rocking an iPhone, you’ll want to check out Camera for Facebook for the iTunes Store.