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This feature is exclusive to Education Edition. 
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This item has been officially made unobtainable in Bedrock Edition. 
It can still be obtained using third-party software. However, this can cause unexpected behavior such as bugs and crashes.
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Yes (64)

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Camera Block
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Yes (64)


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Catches fire from lava


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


The camera can be obtained in the creative inventory in Education Edition. It can be obtained by either NBT editors, inventory editors, or glitches in Bedrock Edition.


Using a camera from one's inventory captures 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 that are 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.

Photos that are taken with the camera block are stored in %localappdata%\Packages\MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\screenshots.

Data values[]


CameraResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
CameraResource locationNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.



Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Camera old.png The camera can be found in the Pocket Edition.apk file.[2][3]
To use a camera, equip it in the player's hand, then look in the direction the player wants the picture to be taken. Long-press the screen, and a camera drops to the ground where the player 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 afterward.
Cameras have infinite uses.
May 17, 2012Oldcam.png The item ID for the camera (456) has been discovered and the object can now be seen in-game by players for the first time.
v0.2.0Original camera tripod texture has been removed.
v0.5.0The camera is now invisible and makes the standard player damage sound.
v0.7.0Added the "F1" feature (Hide GUI), which has now made the camera obsolete.
v0.8.0build 2Egg JE1 BE1.png The camera now looks like an egg in the player's inventory.
v0.9.0build 1The camera entity has been 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]
v0.14.0build 1Re-added the camera. It is accessible only with inventory editors.
Camera.png The texture of the camera has been changed.
In this version, if the player spawns a camera, leaves the world and joins back, it summons lightning.
v0.14.2The camera item ID has been changed to 498, but it cannot be used at the moment. The entity can now be spawned with a spawn egg with a damage value of 62.
According to the language files of the game, 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.
v0.15.0build 1The previous empty label on the camera mentioned above now displays the words "Take Picture".
The health of the camera entity is now 2♥ instead 4♥♥.
The camera no longer summons lightning.
v0.16.0build 1The camera now has a block form in inventory, but still spawns the entity. However, the block can be placed only with commands and editing.
"Take picture" button on the camera works now, but no image files are created.
The oldest ID for camera (456) now refers to portfolio.
build 2Camera Block.png The camera now has an item form and the block has been removed. However, it is still obtainable in servers.
Portfolio, which works together with the camera to create collections of pictures, has been removed.
build 4Camera item form has been removed, and the camera can no longer be obtained or placed using any command.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta Camera Block.png The camera has been reimplemented.
The camera entity can now be spawned with a spawn egg with damage value 258.
1.12.0beta camera can now be obtained with the /give command.
1.13.0beta camera can no longer be obtained with the /give command.
Functionality has been added to the camera. Screenshots that are taken by the camera can now be saved into the screenshots folder.
Cameras are now a part of the Education Edition toggle as a hidden feature.
Cameras no longer have a death animation when killed by the player and instead, instantly emit smoke particles.
1.16.100beta camera can now be obtained with the /give command once again.
beta camera can no longer be obtained with the /give command.
Education Edition
1.0Camera.png Camera Block.png Added cameras along with the portfolio.
1.4.0Cameras no longer have a death animation when killed by the player and instead 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.[5] In the BlockTalk Q&A, the camera was briefly mentioned as part of a broader "sharing" theme planned for Bedrock Edition in the future.[6] It later got implemented into Education Edition, using the camera to make screenshots and share them in a special book.


Issues relating to "Camera" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • A camera prevents a Book and Quill from working. Attempting to craft it or obtain it by commands gives a regular book instead, due to non-implementation of photo attaching to written books.
  • The camera can take a screenshot, which appears a bit smaller with a thick paper outline having cuts on its edges, making it look like an old photograph.
  • This feature is hidden from the creative inventory and from the /give command item menu.


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