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This article is about the entity. For the command, see commands/camera.
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It can still be obtained using third-party software. However, this can cause unexpected behavior such as bugs and crashes.

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


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

To get the block form of the camera in Bedrock Edition using an NBT editor, you need to set the item name of the block in the inventory slot (name: ) to item.camera, then you need to add a compound tag called Block and inside of that put the int tag version: 18040335 and the text tag name: minecraft:camera into the block compound tag. For the usable "spawn egg" form of the camera, you only need to set the item name of the block in the inventory slot (name: ) to camera; you do not need to add the block compound for this form of the camera.


Using a camera from the inventory captures a first-person screenshot. It can also be placed, creating a camera entity that can track the user, and take pictures from the camera's perspective. Photos that are taken using 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.



SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.27 [sound 1]0.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
  1. MCPE-169612 — Many blocks make very slightly different sounds to stone


SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
PlayersWhen a picture is taken with a cameracamera.take_picture1.01.0

Data values[]


CameraIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Blockcamera242Block & Ungiveable Item[i 2]item.cameratile.camera.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Unavailable with /give command
CameraIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.



Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Camera BE1 Camera (item texture) BE1 The textures and model of the camera can be found in the game apk file.[2][3]
v0.2.0Camera BE2 Music Disc Blocks JE1 BE1 Added cameras
Changed item and tripod textures.
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.
Entity id 62 and item id 456.[4]
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 Item form now uses egg texture.
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."[5]
v0.14.0build 1Camera BE3 Camera (item) BE2 Re-added the camera. It is accessible only with inventory editors.
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 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 BE3 Camera Block 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 Minecraft Education 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 BE3 Camera Block Added cameras.
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.[6] In the BlockTalk Q&A, the camera was briefly mentioned as part of a broader "sharing" theme planned for Bedrock Edition in the future.[7] It later got implemented into Minecraft Education, 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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