Facebook announces new iOS app: Facebook Camera

As noted by The New York Times, Facebook has announced a new standalone application for the iPhone and iPod touch called Facebook Camera. The app is intended to make it easier to take and share photos on the social network.

Facebook members will be able to use the new software to upload high resolution photos — up to 2048 x 2048, choose from a selection of 15 filters (makes sense), and pipe the images directly into their Facebook photo albums…

From Facebook’s press release:

“See friend’s photos all in one place – When you launch the app, you’ll see a feed of just great photos from the people you care about. You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo.

Share multiple photos fast – Now you can quickly share multiple photos all at once instead of having to post one at a time. Just select the shots you want to share by tapping the check-mark on each photo and then hit post. You’ll have a chance to add a caption, say where you were and tag friends before you share.

It’s also easy to edit photos with new tools like the ability to crop, rotate and add filters to any picture in your camera roll.”

It’s interesting that there isn’t a single mention of Instagram in the app. But if you recall, Facebook was working on a photo sharing app long before it made the $1 billion acquisition. Will the two apps ever collide?

If you want to check out Facebook Camera for yourself, it appears that it is now available in the App Store.

So, Facebook Camera. What do you think?