The Game Boy Camera (Japanese: ポケットカメラ Pocket Camera) is a basic image-capturing device that allows Game Boy users to take, edit, and store monochrome images using a Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance. It was developed by Pokémon creators Game Freak. The peripheral came with built-in editing software and four bonus games. The unit was available in several different colors.
The Game Boy Camera was released in 1998 alongside the Game Boy Printer, which allowed hard copies of captured and edited images to be printed.
Turn any Game Boy system into a digital camera! With this accessory, you can shoot photos, doodle on them, add stamps and even send them to a friend with another Game Boy Camera!
- Shoot, save and edit 30 different snapshots.
- Arrange your shots into animated sequences.
- Trick Lens mode lets you flip, stretch, zoom, split the screen, and more.
- Panorama mode shoots both tall and wide formats.
- Use the Self Timer and Time Lapse modes to take shots not possible with a standard camera.
- Includes 4 min-games: Space Fever II, Ball, D.J. and Run! Run! Run! You can even put your face into a game!
- Store up to 30 photos to the camera's memory
- Rotatable camera lens
- Adjustable brightness, contrast, dither
- Invert viewfinder horizontally or vertically
- Built-in photo timer
- Create a panorama image
- Combine two or more images, either merged or in a split-screen
- Create an "animation" from several photos
- Add captions to saved album photos
- View saved photos in a slide show
- Photo editing tools allow users to "doodle" on saved pictures
- Add a user's photo to one of four mini-games
- Use the Super Game Boy accessory to videotape animations and slideshows
- Print photos with the Game Boy Printer
- Trade photos with other players using a Game Link Cable
The Game Boy Camera (blue model) inserted into a Game Boy Color
- The Game Boy Camera contains data for players to print out Pokémon stickers in addition to their photos using the Game Boy Printer. This is likely a nod to the fact that Game Freak programmed the Game Boy Camera software.
- Third-party manufacturer Nyko made a "sequel" to the Game Boy Camera: the WormCam. The WormCam allows players to take color photos on a Game Boy Advance and transfer them to a computer. This camera was not authorized by Nintendo.
- The Game Boy Camera was used to take the photo for the album cover of Silver and Gold by Neil Young.
- Sprites of Pikachu, Mew, Meowth, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle appeared in Game Freak's Game Boy Camera in 1998, which was prior to the release of Pokémon Red and Blue in the United States.
- http://www.nintendo.com/corp/report/fiscal2004.pdf (retrieved February 26, 2010)