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[[IntrepidReporter Some characters]] use a camera. These characters ''[[CargoShip love]]'' their camera. They'll have the device with them everywhere they go and they'll use it well, usually sticking it in the most unwelcome of places - they'll take the most inane pictures they can, record everything they see or all of the above. Something embarrassing happens? They'll snap a shot. Important plot event? They caught it on tape. You can always expect this character to wear their camera on their sleeve for any important or non-important moment that may arise, often feeling uncomfortable without the object at near. It's possible that they derive some kind of strange pleasure from watching people, though its best not to get into [[FreudWasRight that]].

On the bright side, they'll provide the scrapbook {{Montage}} of happy times near the end of the series. May themself be annoyed by being caught on film or having their picture taken. Expect one of the cast to use this to their advantage at some point.

Unlike GoingForTheBigScoop, these characters are motivated by the simple act of taking pictures compulsively and occasionally (read: often) using them to their advantage while characters GoingForTheBigScoop are motivated by getting a good story (they can occasionally overlap). Also, this character isn't necessarily a reporter.

An IntrepidReporter off duty tends to fall into this. Sometimes referred to as a ShutterBug.

Because this character is often a budding film or media student, s/he is very likely to be an AuthorAvatar of the production's writer, director, or producer.

See also the JapaneseTourist, who will more often than not be one of these. For the darker side of this trope, see ThePeepingTom.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kensuke Aida from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion' usually directing it at military paraphernalia, but capable of pulling it from HammerSpace at any place or time.
* ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' originally had Saint George amongst the summoned heroes (he was later cut), who had taken a liking to modern cameras.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has Kyoko, who's been known to take pictures of everything from random interactions between her friend Kaname with strangers to grease stains that look like George Washington.
* ''SchoolRumble'' has Akira Takano, whose shutter finger can catch every embarassing shot she sees, and she has at points manipulated her friends into oddball activities so she can record and make money off of them. Unlike her SchoolNewsPaperNewsHound rival ([[UnknownRival from his point of view]]) Takeichi Fuyuki, she actually does catch some of the more impressive photos that he only wishes he could manage. Plus, she is skilled in the use of firearms.
* Kazumi Asakura of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' likes to use her [[WackyHomeRoom Wacky Class']] antics to her advantage whenever she can, or otherwise obsessing in some way about GoingForTheBigScoop. Her class panics when being attacked by a ghost? She pulls out her camera immediately.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Anya Alstreim records anything and everything with her handheld computer/camera device. Subverted in that she has a fairly legitimate reason for doing so: [[spoiler:she doesn't trust her own memories due to Geass-related tampering]].
** One of the Britannian students in episode 5 of the first season at one of the Shinjuku gravesites is seen taking pictures with his friends, until an enraged Tamaki approaches him
* Tomoyo Daidouji in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', who follows the titular Sakura through her battles, often making her wear strange outfits in the process.
* Yotsuba from ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'', as part of her "checking up on Big Bro" (i.e. stalking the protagonist) personality quirk.
* In ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', episode 26, Miu decides that now that she has a video camera, she's going to record everything. This includes her morning soup, what happens when you attempt to deprive Nobue of smokes, having Matsuri try to [[BlindWithoutEm find her glasses when they're on Nobue's face]], and finally, seeing for herself if the 11-year-old English-born girl actually is... er... noticeably developed ([[spoiler:she is, but as she is only 11, they're still almost nothing]]). (See also episode 9 for the text equivalent.)
* In ''{{Vandread}}'', Paiway Underberg, the female nurse aboard the Nirvana is constantly recording interesting moments with her camera, with her catchphrase "Gotcha!", all part of her "Pai-checks."
* Tsutako from ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' is pretty much defined by: "Carries a camera everywhere."
* Lisa Vanette in the final episode of ''BubblegumCrisis 2033'', who nearly gets herself killed trying to "reveal the Knight Sabers' true identities".
* Ranko Hata from ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'', who was shown to carry an entire TV studio's worth of equipment with her in episode 3, and carries relatively normal cameras almost every other time she shows up. "Relatively normal" not counting the time she {{Golgo 13}}-ed Tsuda in an [[MundaneMadeAwesome epic]] camera set-up scene.
* Makoto the SchoolNewspaperNewsHound eats, breathes, and at least sleeps next to his camera, always ready to get pictures of the ''Ultimate Girls''.
* Todd Snap from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', who was first introduced in the anime, would later be the main character of the {{spinoff}} game ''VideoGame/PokemonSnap''.
** Trip, Ash's main rival in Unova, is usually seen with his own camera. He explained in his first appearance that he's keeping a scrapbook of his journey.
* Saiga of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', who gets sexual pleasure from taking interesting photographs.
* Ritsu and Mio of ''Manga/KOn'' are a far less extreme example. They both share two aspects of the trope; Mio usually snaps shots of the proverbial "[[Creator/EastmanKodak Kodak]] moments" while Ritsu focuses on taking the more embarrassing or invasive pictures; essentially they play double-duty providing most of the scrap-book shots throughout the series. One odd contrast is that Mio uses film while Ritsu is primarily digital.
** This trait of theirs is anime-invented. The manga's final chapter however has Yui sparring some of her meager extra cash on a high-end camera to take pictures of the band, Mio while she was sleeping (and presumably Ritsu and Mugi as well). [[spoiler:This is later revealed to have been the basis for a set of T-shirts they would wear on stage, which Yui had Sawako design using their silhouettes. Ritsu meanwhile worried about what Sawako would ''do'' with the pictures now that the shirts were finished and sent]].
* Yoshinori Ikeda, the main person in ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'' often takes pictures of him self crossdressing as his alter-ego Yuki. Some of the pictures are used for display by the protographer he work part-time at, while other are for him self as memory, knowing that he won't be crossdressing forever.
* In the ''TenchiMuyo'' OAV, Tenchi's dad was shown to be a bit of a PeepingTom and a pervert. In ''[[TheMovie Tenchi Muyo In Love]]'', it becomes clear that Tenchi's dad was a Camera Fiend when he and Tenchi's mother were in school.
* In ''RosarioToVampire'' Ginei, the club president, is the only member of the Newspaper Club to be seen with a camera. His photos become a plotpoint in the anime, twice.
** In the anime, he uses his camera to make sexy or panty shots.
* Chie Hori from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', a human girl completely obsessed with taking "interesting" photographs. In pursuit of her obsession, she completely disregards her personal safety or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality normal]] morals, leading her to stalk and later befriend [[PickyPeopleEater Tsukiyama]]. As an adult, she manages to turn this into a very profitable career as an InformationBroker.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Rewind of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' an Autobot historian who transforms into a flashdrive. He is always recording events as they take place around him believing that any moment could have some measure of historical importance.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* A 1903 film called ''The Camera Fiend'' gives us a title character who would rather take pictures of a drowning boy than help in any way.
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'': "Let's follow a giant monster on our camcorder through [[BigApplesauce New York]]. See if that's a good idea."
** Give them some credit, they were trying to ''get away'' from the giant monster. With a camcorder.
* Michaelangelo Antonioni's ''Film/{{Blowup}}'' is about a fashion photographer who thinks he has captured a murder in the act in the background of one of his shots.
* Brophy from Creator/MelBrooks' Hitchcock homage ''Film/HighAnxiety''. In a parody of ''Blow Up'', he finds proof that [[spoiler:an imposter commmited a murder that the main character is accused of]] by blowing up one of his candid photographs to wall-size.
* ''Film/{{Pecker}}'' from the John Waters film of the same name is all about this trope.
* ''Film/OneHourPhoto'' had Creator/RobinWilliams in the unusual role of an obsessive film ''developer'', to the point that he was practically stalking one family through their pictures that he was developing.
* Micah from ''ParanormalActivity'' qualifies as this, as he is obessed with that camera, calling it his baby at some point in the movie, and refusing to get rid of it, even when he knows the camera only makes the demon angrier.
* Katsuji from ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch''. "Work a camera? [[IAmTheNoun I AM a camera]]!"
* Nicole in ''Crazy/Beautiful'' took tons of pictures with her vintage Polaroid camera. There was even a scrapbook montage at the end of the movie containing her photos.
* A TruthInTelevision example, Thierry Guetta from the Creator/{{Banksy}} documentary ''Film/ExitThroughTheGiftShop'' films absolutely everything. At one point it shows that hundreds of unmarked tapes that he's filmed over the years.
* ''Film/TheSkydivers'' has a minor character who is this trope. He's asked what he does with all the pictures he takes: "Sit home and look at them."
* ''Film/PeepingTom'' is a definitive example.
* ''Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure'', the ''HighSchoolMusical'' spinoff/sequel, has film student Peyton Leverett making a film about Sharpay. When he doesn't have a camera in his hands, he's probably on his laptop editing the footage.
* Ricky in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' is always videoing and has a large collection of homemade tapes in his room.
* Doug Hastings in ''Film/StrictlyBallroom'' always seems to have his old film camera in someone's face.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In 1911, Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law Ernest Hornung used ''The Camera Fiend'' as the title for a novel about a mad scientist obsessed with documenting the human soul. A la ''Film/PeepingTom'', he designs a device to kill and photograph in the same instant. Unsuccessful, he turns the device on himself, hoping that his suicide will yield the evidence he was unable to obtain in life. It may be read here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30096.
* Colin Creevey in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Since he's also a HeroWorshipper, his first scene consists of him asking Harry for a signed photo, much to his exasperation. [[spoiler: Carrying his camera everywhere saves his life, however - when he runs into the Basilisk, its stare doesn't have quite the same power when seen through a lens.]]
* Twoflower and Otto Von Chreik in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. While Otto doesn't constantly take pictures of everything, he still qualifies, because only a Camera Fiend would get a job as a professional photographer when every camera flash has a good chance of ''killing him'' (Otto being a vampire), forcing him to rely on someone else to bring him back to life (after which he does it all over again). Eventually he takes to wearing a small vial of blood around his neck; he takes the shot, turns to ashes, the blood breaks on his ashes and he gets up, cursing.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' he specifically tells Polly that he has [[AddictionDisplacement replaced his addiction to blood]] with one for 'the subtle play of light'.
* Navidson from ''[[color:blue:House]] [[HouseOfLeaves of Leaves]]'', who sticks his special Hi-8 cameras everywhere in the house, and uses them in every exploration of the [[color:blue:house]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Ben Sullivan, from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. In fact, him ''not'' having his camera for most of an episode turns out to be foreshadowing to the fact that [[spoiler: he died early in the episode, and Cox has been halucinating his continued existence.]]
* Canadian teenage sitcom ''Series/StudentBodies'' crosses this with SchoolNewspaperNewsHound in the aptly-nicknamed character, Flash. At one point she describes cameras as "her babies."
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' is somewhat obsessed with (and terribad at) capturing the world on photographs.
** Though Tsukasa's normal pictures tend to be blurry and distorted, they also reveal the true nature of the subjects he photographs; for example, a picture taken of a girl with a missing brother shows a ghost image of said brother watching over her.
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the Doctor has a 24th-century holo-camera that he loves using. It was a key element in at least one episode.
* Simon films just about everything on his camera-phone during the first season of ''Series/{{Misfits}}''. He doesn't do it so much in season 2, a sign that he is actually starting to ''engage'' with people rather than standing around filming them creepily.
* There's two types in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. We have Mari, a sweet girl who loves taking pictures of smiling people and there's Yayoi who has a Gossip Column in which she posts pictures up to prevent three former [[MonsterOfTheWeek Zodiarts]] from graduating.
* Several monsters in the ''PowerRangers'' mythos are formed from cameras, making them literal embodiments of this trope.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Mark from ''{{Rent}}'' is a documentary filmmaker and films the other characters throughout the story, leading to a touching montage at the end. In "Goodbye Love" Roger accuses Mark of obsessing over his camera to avoid facing reality.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Elena Fisher in ''UnchartedDrakesFortune'' in the course of the game captures all the important footage for her documentary (for which the network of is providing backing for the exploration). [[spoiler: Later in the game a predictably rickety RopeBridge collapses beneath her and Drake's feet, forcing her to free her hand and climb up by letting go of the camera. Camera or you life indeed]].
* Lotta Hart in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.
** [[{{Fanboy}} Cody Hackins]] of the first game falls into this category as well. He refuses to testify unless he is allowed to bring his camera into the courtroom.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' is a TV news cameraman who hardly ever puts down the camera for ''anything''. Not zombie attacks, not BodyHorror monsters, not even to get a kiss from the hot reporter chick whose life you save.
* Aya Shameimaru of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. She even has her own spin-off game, ''Shoot the Bullet'', which has her taking pictures of [[BulletHell spellcard]] patterns of the other characters. {{Fandom}} [[{{Flanderisation}} flanderised]] this into a specialization in upskirts and Reimu's armpits.
* Frank West, from ''DeadRising'' can use his camera to obtain Prestige Points to level up, oddly enough.
* Beat, from ''EternalSonata'', carries his camera into battle, where he can take photos of the monsters ''as they're attacking him'' - and sell them for cash in shops. His love of photography is frequently ridiculed by his buddy Allegretto.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', Carl "CJ" Johnson has a camera in his Ganton home's bedroom, which he can pick up and even use in some missions.
** Any photos you take when playing appear in the Gallery. They're basically a different sort of screenshot.
* While we're on the subject of GTA, VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV had [[TheScrappy Manny's]] camera man, who definitely fits this trope as demonstrated by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbjZamTkBEs this cutscene]].
* Jin Sun-Kwon from ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' never leaves her camera behind. She may not carry any sort of firearm, but the camera's there. Somewhat justified since she's the team's data analyst, but that wouldn't obligate her to keep her camera throughout ''Extraction Point'', particularly [[spoiler:up to the moment of her death. A weird twist is that the unmanned camera continuously snaps shots of her corpse]].
* One of the optional items in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is the [[CallARabbitASmeerp Pictobox]]. This item is absolutely necessary if you want HundredPercentCompletion, as sidequests will force you to use it in such odd ways from snapping photos of paranoid residents to ''[[ViolationOfCommonSense monsters about to eat your face off]]''.
* One of the gameplay mechanics for ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' has you taking pictures of things in order to invent new items.
%% Kounosuke Kuri from ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}''.
%% Dorothy Hyatt from VideoGame/LegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Eddie Storkowitz in ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' often carries a video camera with him to film everyday life, as he aspires to be a filmmaker.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Featherweight, the school's designated photographer. And boy does he photograph: be it hidden, hard to notice, ''or even out of Ponyville'', Featherweight will be there to take a shot of it.
** When Featherweight replaces [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] as editor, [[FanNickname Shady Daze]] (who previously ran the press) takes his place as photographer, a position he's still holding during the Summer Harvest Parade.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E9PinkieApplePie "Pinkie Apple Pie",]] Pinkie Pie takes this role during her trip with Applejack's family to visit Goldie Delicious.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The term "camera fiend" originated around 1900 to describe people armed with such newly mobile cameras as Kodak's Brownie. In 1906, an article called "What Is to be Done About the Camera Fiend?" appeared in ''The American Amateur Photographer'', decrying the fact that First Daughter Alice Roosevelt could not shop without being subject to the flashbulbs of passersby (making the paparazzo OlderThanYouThink).
* Since all modern cell phones have a built-in camera, and most people own a such phone, most people in the world (at least rich countries) actually have their camera on their person constantly. Also, with the spread of sites like Instagram and the concept of "selfies", it's fair to say that a ''lot'' of real-life people live up to this trope nowadays.
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