Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — How to Unlock the Purah Pad Camera in TotK

Here's how to unlock the Tears of the Kingdom camera and take selfies!

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Camera is an important tool you’ll use throughout your adventures through Hyrule. We see Zelda using it in the first part of the game, and you receive the Purah Pad itself not long after. But how do you unlock the Tears of the Kingdom camera for yourself? Needed to take pictures of everything from materials to monsters, and used in several quests, here’s our guide to getting the Camera and how it works.

Camera Work in the Depths: How to Get the Tears of the Kingdom Camera

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To start using the Purah Pad Camera, you’ll need to trigger a chain of events that starts by speaking to Josha, who lives in the north of Lookout Landing at coordinates -0255, 0148, 0020. Talk to her during the “Camera Work in the Depths” main quest, right after you complete the “Crisis at Hyrule Castle” story mission.

After speaking to Josha, you’ll need to find Robbie, who decided to take pictures using the Purah Pad’s Camera. You can find and speak to Robbie southwest of Lookout Landing, at the Iayusus Lightroot, Central Hyrule Depths (-0358, -0397, -0478). Our in-depth where to find Robbie guide has more details if you can’t locate him.

Once you finish talking to Robbie, he’ll unlock the Purah Pad Camera ability for you, as well as Hyrule Compendium. He’ll ask you to take a picture of the statue behind him, which serves both as a story element and a basic tutorial on how to use the Camera in Tears of the Kingdom.

How to Use the Purah Pad Camera in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Purah Pad Camera is really easy to use. Here are the controls:

  1. Press and hold “L” button to open the abilities menu.
  2. Use the wheel to select the Camera ability at the end of the list.
  3. Tap the “L” button again to bring up the camera onto the screen.
  4. Use the D-Pad to zoom in and out until you see the entire statue in your view.
  5. Tap the “A” button to make the picture.
  6. Press “OK” to confirm.

If you did everything right, any images will go straight into your Hyrule Compendium album. You can show the picture of the statue to Robbie and later to Josha, which completes the “Camera Work in the Depths” main quest. As a reward, you’ll receive 5 Zonaite.

How to Take Selfies With the TotK Camera

Did you know that you can take selfies with the TotK camera? Doing so is really simple — and fun! All you need to do is tap the “X” button when the camera is active. The camera will flip around and look at Link. The rest of the steps for taking a selfie in Tears of the Kingdom are the same as with usual photos.

That’s everything you need to know on how to unlock the Camera in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Stay tuned for more Tears of the Kingdom tips and tricks articles right here.

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Serhii Patskan

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.