How to get the camera in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom and take photos

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom camera
(Image credit: Nintendo)

To get the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom camera on your Purah Pad you need to complete a mission from Josha and Robbie at Lookout Landing. It's called Camera Work in the Depths and sees the pad's most basic tool shine, proving it's more than for just scanning maps while soaring with your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom glider.

The short mission is an incredibly helpful one for getting to grips with using your camera and how to handle the gloomy Depths. There are no lights here, so bring a healthy stash of Brightbloom Seeds you can shoot ahead with your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom bow to light the way. So, here's what to do to unlock the camera in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, how to take pictures and how to view your pic in your album.

How to get the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom camera 

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom camera

(Image credit: Nintendo)

You'll get your Tears of the Kingdom camera when Robbie sets up your Purah Pad after talking to him and Josha at Lookout Landing. He'll ask you to come on an expedition with him to the Depths to investigate some statues, and since scientist Josha would like photographic evidence of these man made structures, Robbie is all too eager to show you how to use your camera.

This mission is not a huge undertaking, unlike restoring your master sword in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom or finding lost memory fragments using Tears of the Kingdom geoglyphs. But it just as vital in the grand scheme of things. 

After chatting to Robbie at Lookout Landing and agreeing to meet him in the Depths, you'll need to make your way to the Gloom chasm in front of the Jiosin Shrine, south of Hyrule Castle. Jump in, and when you reach the bottom start shooting Brightbloom seeds into the ground ahead of you to make your way to the first Lightroot. These work similarly to Skyview Towers and activating them will illuminate a section of the Depths, and make it show up on your map.

Once you've activated the two Lightroots as you follow Robbie's trail, you'll find him by a statue, waiting for you to take a picture of it. Once this mission is done you'll be able to snap photos of anything you see in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. All your pictures will then be saved in the Album on your Purah Pad menu. Just hit the – button to check them out.

How to use the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom camera

Once unlocked, using the Purah Pad camera is easy. Simply open your Zelda Tears of the Kingdom abilities menu by tapping L, then use the right joystick to select the Camera icon in the top-right. This will open the camera, so now you can turn to face whatever it is you wish to photograph using the two joysticks and hit the A button to snap a picture when you're ready.

© GamesRadar+. Not to be reproduced without permission

Jasmine Gould-Wilson
Staff Writer, GamesRadar+

Jasmine is a staff writer at GamesRadar+. Raised in Hong Kong and having graduated with an English Literature degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, her passion for entertainment writing has taken her from reviewing underground concerts to blogging about the intersection between horror movies and browser games. Having made the career jump from TV broadcast operations to video games journalism during the pandemic, she cut her teeth as a freelance writer for global publications TheGamer and TechRadar Gaming before accepting a full-time role at GamesRadar+. Whether Jasmine is researching the latest in gaming litigation for a news piece, writing how-to guides for The Sims 4, or extolling the necessity of a Resident Evil: CODE Veronica remake, you'll probably find her listening to metalcore at the same time.