according to the Metal Gear Wiki, a camera is available throughout the game series (notably with the first Metal Gear Solid game published in 1998), with the possibility to save images starting with the 3rd title of the series.
- “Take photos wherever you like!“
- ―Camera description in Metal Gear Solid.
The Camera is featured in several 3D games in the Metal Gear series as a hidden bonus item, which is procured during gameplay. It is used to capture images of interest to the player, which can be saved onto a memory card (PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo GameCube) or the console’s hard drive (Xbox, Xbox 360 andPlayStation 3), for later viewing. As the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Portable allow copying of game data onto a USB drive, photos taken in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and the Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection can be transferred to a computer.
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Substance
In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the Camera serves as a standard item in Solid Snake’s inventory, required for completion of the Tanker Chapter.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Subsistence and 3D
Photos taken with the Camera in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence can be transferred to Metal Gear Acid 2 via “Link Mode,” and converted to stereoscopic 3D images for use with Metal Gear Acid 2‘s Solid Eye peripheral. Photo data is sent from the PlayStation 2 system by USB cable to the PlayStation Portable, where the 3D images can be saved.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
[…] The camera allows pictures to be taken in-game, which can then be accessed from the photo album in the main menu and exported to the PlayStation 3’s HDD. Photos taken could also be uploaded to Metal Gear Online‘s Community Support Page.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
A rangefinder camera appears in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker as a selectable item. Any pictures taken are sent to “Photos” in the XMB Media Bar. It is a required item in several optional missions; including, but not limited to, “Ghost Photography,” “Papparazi,” and “Date with Paz.” Chico speculates in a mission briefing that the reason the camera is able to take pictures of ghosts is because it is a machine, and thus cannot be fooled.