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The camera is one of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s technically optional upgrades, but it has a surprising amount of utility and can be very helpful in a wide range of activities. Unlocking it is fairly simple, but will require you to dive deep into the Depths, something that can be a little bit daunting.

Nonetheless, unlocking the camera will let you progress a number of other quest lines, and ultimately give you access to some useful Purah Pad upgrades and other helpful devices, so it’s well worth doing. This guide will take you through everything you need to know about the camera in Tears of the Kingdom, including a step-by-step walkthrough of how to unlock the camera, and how to use it.

For more Zelda guides and tips, like how to find and activate all Skyview Towers, or an explanation of all Zonai Devices, make sure to read our full Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom walkthrough.

How to unlock the camera - Zelda TOTK

Unlocking the camera in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom isn’t a particularly difficult affair, but you will need to prepare a little bit and progress through the game to get access to the quest. Once completing the tutorial area, you’ll need to talk to Purah and unlock the paraglider, which will open up the next part of the quest.

After that, you’ll want to speak to a few people around Lookout Landing, and you’ll be given the Camera Work in the Depths quest, which tasks you with following Robbie into the depths and will unlock the camera.

Camera Work in the Depths full walkthrough - Zelda TOTK

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How to use the camera - Zelda TOTK

The camera in Tears of the Kingdom is very similar to the one in Breath of the Wild, and as such it’s very easy to use. While you can use it simply to take silly selfies (who among us has not?), it also serves a purpose.

To use the camera, simply hold down the L button to open up the powers wheel, then select the camera. It will open up the viewfinder, and from here the controls are very simple. Press up or down on the d-pad to zoom in and out, press A to take a capture, or press X to enter self portrait mode.

While in self portrait mode, you can move the analog stick into one of the four cardinal directions to get Link to pose, and then press ZL to change that pose to a secondary pose, making up eight poses in total.

The Hyrule Compendium will help you catalog everything there is to see in the land of Hyrule

The Hyrule Compendium will help you catalog everything there is to see in the land of Hyrule

The main purpose of the camera is to help you fill out the Hyrule Compendium, which is a big encyclopedia of everything you can encounter in the wild. It won’t fill itself out though, so you’ll need to take a photo of every creature, monster, material, piece of equipment, and treasure in the game if you want to complete it.