In the midst of a couple of new Facebook-made apps, Facebook Camera has been born into the world. Expanding on the sparse camera options available in the main Facebook app, Facebook Camera allows for a few key features that may persuade you to include it as part of your app collection. Join our Facebook Camera for iPhone review and see if it’s going to displace any of your current cameras.
User Interface and Functionality
Slick interfaces only go so far if the functionality behind it is worthless. Lucky for the 100 million mobile Facebook users, Facebook Camera has both a fantastic interface and a feature rich functional tool set. The UI contained in Facebook Camera is unlike any I’ve used in any other app before, but at the same time feels all so familiar. With common elements such as pull down and pull up, the interaction with the app feels natural and comfortable. However, the affects of your actions are shown and laid out slightly differently.
For example, pulling down on feed with photos will reveal your photo library, rather than refreshing the list. You have the choice to see friends photos, or just your own. A camera icon along with the last three taken pictures will remain at the top of the screen. The beauty here is when the photo timeline is pulled down, that top bar with the camera and photos simply expands as your entire photo library is revealed. It works so fluidly that it is difficult to put into words.
Scrolling up from the bottom of the screen will bring back yours or your friend’s photo timeline. Scrolling up from the middle of the screen while viewing all of your pictures will scroll through your photo library. Once in the Photo Library is at full screen, check marks will reveal themselves. They are highly opaque and superimposed over your image thumbnails. After clicking one or more, you can choose to see that/those photo(s) isolated by clicking the Selected option from bottom middle screen. On the bottom right hand side of the screen is the symbol known for posting or writing a new email. Clicking this will load your selected photos into a Facebook post. All the same options are available as they exist online or in the main Facebook app (Location, Adding Friends, and Adding Security Settings).
Once posted, an animation similar to what happens when adding a picture from the Photos App to an Email will launch, eloquently placing your photo(s) and title into a post.
The Facebook Camera app is a joy to use and allows posting of multiple pictures at once. While the same can be achieved by mailing photos to your Facebook Photo Upload email, this app is simply more fun to use. I find myself spending some time in this app as I enjoy visually rewarding interface and increased photo uploading functionality. While it’s differentiation from the main Facebook app is a small one (add multiple pictures at once), I am not 100% sure why Facebook did not just decide to implement this functionality and interface into their main Facebook app. Perhaps we will see that in the future. Being free, useful, stylish, and cutting edge earns Facebook Camera a 9/10.