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Disambig This article is about Camera, not to be confused with Tek Remote Camera (Genesis Part 2) Tek Remote Camera (Genesis: Part 2)

Equip, target, and take a shot!.
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi Camera 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Test/PrimalItem_Camera.PrimalItem_Camera'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
30 EP
Crafting XP
8 XP
Required stations

The Camera is a tool in ARK: Survival Evolved. It can be used to take pictures.


The Camera can be crafted at the Smithy.


Photos taken can be used when painting a canvas by using "Load Paints From This Type".

To take a picture: Hold (default Rmb, LT, L2) then press (default Lmb, RT, R2).

To disable/enable Flash press: (default Lmb, RT, R2) before taking a picture.


  • The cost of resources makes the camera one of the most expensive tools in the game.
  • The Camera closely resembles the 1940 Mamiya Cameras.
  • The Painting Canvas Painting Canvas is the only structure that allows you to upload pictures taken with the Camera in-game. On PC, players can manipulate the pictures and structures via in the game picture folder.
  • You can take pictures on single player and print them out on an official server multi player.
  • Wearing the Tek Helmet Tek Helmet while it's active or anything that causes a screen effect affects the picture taken by the camera.
  • There is a bug with the Camera where images that require purple dye may say that you're missing 0% of a purple dye. This is because there are two different item IDs for purple dye and the game uses an uncraftable version of the dye for the camera photos. This has been a long-standing bug that requires you to either spawn in the other ID for purple dye or to take the created .pnt file and modify it using a third-party program such as ARKPntEditor. For consoles there is not a known way to prevent this issue since you can't modify the files, however in the cheat command "givecolors 1 0 0" will supply you with the properly coded color.
  • There is an online bug that causes the player to disconnect from the game when uploading a picture from the camera to a canvas midway through the process. The user will lose any paint applied to the painting, however the painting cannot be completed and future paint actions simply start over from the beginning of the painting process. There is no known fix at this time. It has been discovered certain Internet connections with higher Upload Speed has been able to succeed in finishing the painting; the first attempt will often leaves visible lines through the image and can be continued after reconnects by simply repainting the same image which will uses more than the intended amount of dye.