Cole MacGrath occasionally used a camera in Infamous 2 for snapping useful photos around New Marais. It is classified as a power in the game. It was shown to be an old cell phone that Zeke Dunbar had modified for Cole so that it would not explode upon touch.
It could only be used during missions that require use of the device.[note 1] When selected, it is used by pressing and holding down .
Following the first encounter with the Beast in New Marais, Cole needed to use the camera in the side mission "Action Shots" to capture shots of the destruction the Beast caused to the harbor cranks. He also needed to capture shots of more enemies and their abilities.
- It is possible to keep the camera for a short period after a camera mission ends. Before the mission ends, the player must keep pressed down. After the 'mission end' screen disappears (with still pressed down), the player can walk around with the camera and take pictures. Once the button is released, the camera cannot be used anymore.
- If one starts this mission without having played through any of the side missions that involve the camera, they will be given no explanation about how Cole is able to use it or how he got it.