Camera

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Camera
Camera.png

Type

Entity

Durability

N/A

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Network ID

62

Entity ID

camera

Health points

2 (Heart.svg)

First appearances

See history

Data value

dec: 498 hex: 1F2 bin: 111110010

Name

camera

The camera is an entity that is capable of capturing and storing images. In the Education Edition, it works together with the portfolio item to create collections of pictures.[1]

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

In the Education Edition, it can be given with the /give command.

In the Pocket Edition, the camera cannot be obtained by crafting or through the creative inventory; it can only be obtained by editing the inventory with third party applications.

Usage[edit | edit source]

In the Education Edition, using a camera from one's inventory will take a first-person screenshot. It may also be placed, creating a camera entity that can track the user, and take pictures from the camera's perspective.

A camera will do nothing in the Pocket Edition.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The camera's texture underneath is rotated incorrectly.
  • Cameras take damage like other mobs, because they are entities. They are affected by knockback.
  • You can kill a camera by placing it at a lethal height. Since it is an entity, it will fall and display a death animation.

History[edit | edit source]

Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 The camera was first found in the Pocket Edition .apk file.[2][3] To use a camera, equip it in your hand, then look in the direction you want the picture to be taken. Long-press the screen, and a camera will drop to the ground where you are standing. Step back, then press on the camera until it starts emitting smoke particles. The smoke means a picture has been taken, and the camera may disappear immediately afterwards. Cameras have infinite uses.
May 17, 2012 The item ID for the camera (456) was discovered and the object was seen in-game by players for the first time.
0.2.0 Original camera tripod texture removed.
0.5.0 The camera is now invisible and makes the standard player damage sound.
0.7.0 Added the "F1" feature (Hide GUI) making the camera obsolete.
0.8.0 Camera looks like an egg in player's inventory.
0.9.0 build 1 The camera entity was removed. Tommaso also stated: "It doesn't mean that it's dead forever, in fact I have a lot of ideas for it! I think it will be back when have shaders, sharing and redstone."[4]
0.14.0 build 1 Re-added camera. It is currently unobtainable in-game.
Updated texture.
0.14.2 The camera item ID changed to 498, but it cannot be used at the moment. But the entity can be spawned with a spawn egg with data value 62.
According to the language files of MCPE, the empty label that shows up whenever hovering a finger to a camera would now say "Take Picture". However, the button doesn't do anything.
0.15.0 build 1 The previous empty label mentioned above now displays the words "Take Picture".
The health of the camera entity is now 2 (Heart.svg) instead 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg).
Upcoming Pocket Edition
0.16.0 build 1 Camera now has a block form in inventory but still spawns the entity. However, the block can be placed with commands and editing.
Take picture button works now. However, it still doesn't save image files.
The oldest ID for camera (456) now refers to Portfolio.
build 2 Camera now has an item form, and the block is removed.
Removed portfolio.
build 4 Camera item form is removed, and the camera can no longer be obtained or placed using any command.

Future[edit | edit source]

At the Minecraft Pocket Edition panel at MineCon 2012, as well as one of Jbernhardsson's livestreams, it was stated that future plans include trying to have a proper use for cameras, perhaps an easier way to take screenshots and share them with others.[5] In the BlockTalk Q&A, the camera was briefly mentioned as part of a broader "sharing" theme planned for MCPE in the future.[6]

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Camera” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://education.minecraft.net/dwkb/using-cameras-portfolios-2/
  2. Reddit - Found image file for camera in Minecraft Portable Edition Demo APK file.
  3. https://twitter.com/Kappische/status/103548954368679936
  4. https://www.reddit.com/r/MCPE/comments/281sep/camera/ci6znr8?context=1
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMhyX_lKWV4
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ruf6tvqsD84