Facebook Camera (iOS) review: Facebook Camera (iOS)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Installation and Setup: 8.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Facebook Camera features a better viewing experience for photos than the Facebook app, and a recent update adds more features that fans will like.

The Bad It's a separate app from the Facebook app, requiring you to use two apps when all the features should be in one.

The Bottom Line The Facebook Camera app is a great stand-alone for uploading images and viewing photo feeds from Facebook. New features make uploading even better, but we still wonder why the features aren't offered in the official Facebook app.

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The Facebook Camera app for iPhone offers many of the features people love about Instagram, and adds new ones that Facebook users will definitely appreciate. In the latest update to version 1.1, the app has new photo-uploading options and support for more notifications.

As soon as you launch the app, you can see the camera icon in the upper left for taking a picture (which I'll get to in a moment), but you can also see thumbnails of your latest shots. Below that is your Facebook feed, with great big images posted by your friends and options to Like the photo, or comment on the post in the lower left. The layout is excellent for viewing photos, and I think it's easy for Facebook fans to embrace this app. My only question is, why not change the official Facebook app to show your feed in the same way and add the photo features there?

Anyway, back at the top, you have the option to snap a fresh picture or you can swipe downward to access photos in your photo library. One thing you'll notice here is that you have the option with the Facebook Camera app to batch upload photos by touching all the images you want to use. A green check mark will show up on each image, and the post button in the lower right will show how many images you have selected. From there you can touch the post button to bring up options for the location of the shots, tag as many friends you'd like, then touch post in the upper left to send them to your Facebook feed. You also can hit the gear icon to choose who can see the photos.

As many of you Facebook fans probably already know, all of these features are sorely lacking in the regular Facebook app.

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Facebook Camera (iOS)

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  • Category Photography and image editing
    Social networking
  • Compatibility iOS