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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. Photos taken with the camera appear in the portfolio.
Close-up snapshots of an item on the ground can be taken by holding the Shift key while right-clicking.
- 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.
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||The camera was first found in the Pocket Edition .apk file. 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."|
|0.14.0||build 1||Re-added camera. It is only accessible with inventory editors.|
|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 () instead 4 ().|
|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.|
|build 4||Camera item form is removed, and the camera can no longer be obtained or placed using any command.|
|1.8||beta 188.8.131.52||Reimplemented The spawn egg can be obtained with NBT editors.|
|1.0||Added cameras along with the portfolio.|
|1.4.0||Cameras now no longer have a death animation when killed by the player and instead will instantly emit smoke particles.|
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. In the BlockTalk Q&A, the camera was briefly mentioned as part of a broader "sharing" theme planned for MCPE in the future. It later got implemented into Education Edition, using the camera to make screenshots and share them in a special book.
A camera falling from a tree. This shows that Cameras are entities.
- Reddit - Found image file for camera in Minecraft Portable Edition Demo APK file.