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APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Camera

APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Camera

Facebook's attempt at Instagram, despite the acquisition

Facebook Camera
Cost: Free | Developer:Facebook | Platform:iOS | Version 1.0.1| 4.9MB | 4.0+

Despite acquiring Instagram, Facebook has launched its own photo-sharing app to accompany its existing arsenal which comprises Messenger and Pages Manager.

Facebook Camera works exactly like Instagram, but through a different interface.

Once you sign in, the app offers you your news feed which only contains photos, alongside a camera/photo upload ‘quick-menu’ across the top.

What I found particularly convenient is that Facebook Camera integrates with your photo album, presenting the most recent ones at the top. Once this top menu is tapped, it expands to full screen, at which point you can scroll through all your photos. From there, you can either take a new picture, or select one or many to upload.

As with Instagram, the app allows you to make basic edits to photos with a selection of effects. Camera also ‘one-ups’ Instagram in that it does not force a particular photo size/shape, allowing you to post whichever dimensions you like – an included crop feature is there to help, too.

The Camera app is also a lot quicker than Instagram – there is no delay in applying effects, moving between menus, and news feed reload speeds are also quick.

One feature which it does not have is the ‘following’ page available in Instagram, which allows you to browse photos that the people you are following have ‘liked’.

Pros: Free, integrates with photo album, very quick load times.

Cons: May drown Instagram out.

Verdict: If you don’t use Instagram but enjoy sharing photos, this is the app for you.

Get it here:Apple App Store

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