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Cameras are a type of Weapon in Spelunky 2.

It is usually found inside shops, but can also be found inside of crates with a 1.15% chance of appearing. A Camera is a guaranteed drop from Great Humphead.

Functionality

The Camera's area of effect.

When used, Cameras cause a bright flash and affects a large square about 1 and a half tiles in front of the player with a 3x3 tile area of effect.

Cameras do not normally deal damage to enemies, instead stunning them if in its radius. Using a camera on an already stunned enemy refreshes their stun timer. The flash works even through walls, and can be used to see in dark levels and in background sections due to it briefly illuminating the area.

It also has a variety of unique interactions with different enemies and objects:

Enemies that are not stunned, killed, or otherwise unaffected by the Camera are immune to its effects, such as Pangxie, Anubis, the Yeti King/Queen, and Celestial Jellies.

After being used, there is a delay of 49 frames (.82 seconds), or 24 frames (.4 seconds) with a Powerpack equipped, before the Camera can be used again.

Strategy

  • As Cameras can stun enemies without dealing damage to them, it can be used to bring live enemies to Kali Altars more easily.
    • Crocmen can be stunned by Cameras without causing them to teleport.
  • Ghosting gems into substantially more valuable diamonds becomes much safer and easier with the help of the Camera's ability to freeze the Ghost, especially during her second and third phases where she splits into two and four ghosts respectively.
  • NPCs can be easily dealt with the help of the Camera, stunning them long enough for the player to throw them into deadly Traps or onto an Altar.
    • Notably, throwing stunned Shopkeepers into Altars, Spikes, Totem/Spear/Lion Traps, or similar hazards does not hold the player accountable for murdering them, and only for initially attacking them with the Camera. This makes it much easier to attain Forgiveness while also no longer having to worry about the threat of an angry Shopkeeper.
  • A Camera is perhaps most valuable in Tide Pool, due to its ability to quickly eliminate Jiangshi, Jiangshi Assassins, and Flying Fish from a safe distance. One can be obtained from killing Great Humphead, making it an item that is guaranteed to be obtained in every run.

Notes

  • The bright flash of the camera may be lowered in intensity or removed entirely by the player if they desire, by visiting the "Graphics and Audio" section of the options menu and setting "Bright Flashes" to either "Low" or "Off".
    • This is only a visual change that does not affect gameplay; the Camera will still function normally by stunning/killing enemies and illuminating dark areas.

Version History

Disclaimer: All content from Version 1.25 and onwards are currently unavailable on PS4.
In Europe, Africa, Middle East & Oceania, all content after Version 1.20.4d are also unavailable on PS4. This is due to multiple reasons, although content will be available in the future.

1.20.3a (W64)

  • Fixed caveman boss state after being flashed (by the Camera) while he was jumping

Other games

Appearances in other Spelunky games:

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Crowns HedjetCrownEggplant CrownThe True Crown
Backwear CapeVlad's CapeJetpackTelepackHoverpackPowerpack
Power-ups BombsRopesRoyal JellyCooked TurkeyElixir
Usable Items WebgunShotgunFreeze RayClone GunCrossbowCameraTeleporterMattockBoomerangMacheteExcaliburBroken SwordPlasma CannonScepterHou Yi's BowWooden ShieldMetal Shield
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Traps Bear TrapLandmine
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