The way Facebook handles photographs has been updated, and now offers users the chance to upload or download high-resolution images.
The new software also makes viewing photos and albums easier on a single web page, as well as improving the way images can be tagged.
Facebook is the largest online repository of photos in the world, but previously has not been able to compare on features with specialist photo sites such as Flickr and Picasa.
The new updates, however, mean that Facebook users may now be more likely to decide not to use other services.
Writing on the Facebook blog, Photos product manager Sam Odio wrote that “When we originally got started on Photos, we only had two people working on it.
We didn't build out a lot of features; we just focused on making sure photos were easy to share and this made Photos a great social experience. But we also wanted to give people on Facebook the best quality photo product on the web.”
The high-resolution images are eight times larger than the current size, making them more suitable for printing.
Viewing photographs now requires fewer page reloads, and the code has also been rewritten to speed up the process. Tagging people in multiple photographs is now also possible.