It wasn’t too long ago that Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion, but with recent news that the deal might take a little longer to close than expected, Facebook has rolled out its own photo sharing app today called Facebook Camera.
The app automatically syncs to any Facebook account connected to a user’s iPhone and allows users to choose from 14 different photo filters. Most notably, the Facebook Camera will finally allow users to batch upload images to their Facebook page, doing away with that pesky task of uploading a single image at a time.
But what about Instagram? The folks at TechCrunch asked if the Facebook app would be in direct competition with the newly acquired photo sharing app. A spokesperson responded, “As Mark asserted, we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently, so I anticipate some healthy competition.”
Facebook Camera will finally allow users to batch upload images to their Facebook page, doing away with that pesky task of uploading a single image at a time.
Still, it seems the only advantage Facebook Camera has over Instagram is the batch upload feature along with some easier-to-understand filter names: Bright, Cool and Light vs. Hudson, Brannan and Sutro.
On the downside, there are still quite a few features that the Facebook Camera needs to work on. Comments appear over the photo itself instead of beneath it, distorting any view you had of the picture. The app also doesn’t allow users to delete a photo they’ve taken inside the app.
After all is said and done, the new Facebook Camera app will be a nice alternative for those who don’t wish to commit to yet another social media site for their filter-required mobile photo sharing needs.
The Facebook Camera app can be downloaded via the iTunes Apps Store. Facebook has no plans as of yet to release the app on different platforms.