According to Facebook's newsroom page
, the new product, Camera, was made available to some users yesterday.
What is Facebook Camera?
Camera is a new product from Facebook that was created to simplify photo sharing for mobile users. It includes a photo upload tool and several editing tools.
How can it be used?
Facebook is touting this app as a simplified way to share photos and also to see friends' photos all in one place. Users can upload multiple photos at once rather than the tedious method of one by one. The app also is explained as having a photo edit tool, including the ability to crop, rotate and add filters to any image.
Additionally, the network explains mobile users will be able to explore friends' photo albums, or if one wants a closer look, users can enlarge individual images with ease. There is also a tagging tool which includes a way to edit to add captions or note locations.
examined the pros and cons of Facebook's Camera, and also compares it to Instagram
, a product Facebook recently purchased for $1 billion. Reportedly, Facebook plans to maintain Instagram as a separate service, at least for the time being.
Where to get Camera?
It looks like there are two ways to download Camera to your iPhone, either through this Facebook page
or at Apple's App Store
. At this time the app is limited to English-speaking countries, but this will open up internationally over the next few weeks.
There was no notation in Facebook's announcement if/when this app will be built for other platforms, but according to TechCrunch, Facebook told them, “While we don’t comment on future products we are carefully looking at what might make for a good Facebook photos experience across other platforms.”