CameraSim 3D Turns Learning the Basics of a DSLR Into a Video Game

Who says you can’t learn from video games? Shown off in the above video is a preview of an upcoming first-person simulation game that takes the concept of the first person shooter in a much more photographic direction.

Called CameraSim 3D, this upcoming camera simulation adventure is a fun, interactive way to get familiar with photography through cameras and their settings… all without ever holding an actual camera. The potential is exciting.


CameraSim 3D depicts ISO grain, depth of field, motion blur and exposure based on settings you can define in the simulator. Without ever physically touching a DSLR, beginners can better and more intuitively learn how to use a more advanced camera before they spend the money on one, honing their understanding of standard controls such as: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and even flash.

Along with the impressive camera controls and variables, the entire world that it takes place in has been built on a 3D gaming engine to give it an extra layer of immersion. Currently featuring a number of locations and scenes to choose between, the development team is planning to continue expanding their library of places ahead of the official release.


The photos captured within CameraSim 3D are saved to a camera roll inside of the game, complete with metadata, allowing you to go back, review your images and pick up on which settings and techniques make for the best images in certain situations. This, presumably, will leave you better prepared to handle a real DSLR in the real world.

Said to be release in “mid-2014” you can currently head on over to their site and register to be notified upon release. There’s no mention of cost, but it probably won’t set you back too far, and for learning the basics, it doesn’t get much better than this.

(via Reddit)

  • Clayton Finley


  • Mr Hogwallop

    LOL It looks like they replaced a machine gun with a camera, give a new meaning to “first person shooter”

  • Chillywilson

    You’d have to be in a sad state of affairs not to grab a real cam for practice and use this game. Other than that wasn’t the first version of this game called pokemon snap?

  • Mike

    Will it include bad frontback focusing lenses? Oil on the sensor by bad manufacturer design? Working with crazy brides? Forgetting spare batteries?
    Can we be Ken Rockwell in game?

  • Mohamad Haris Ishak

    mostly landscapes and indoors..put on sports photography please.

  • Adam Cross

    would be good if you could integrate real-world maps for various cities, places etc would be a useful scouting tool I suppose

  • Ralph Hightower

    That’s a different FPS game. No one dies!

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Afrika and the Fatal Frame series are pretty fun.

  • randomguy

    no love for nikon ?

  • Oj0

    Google Street View?

  • Jigsaw

    Too bad the light meter doesn’t seem to work yet.

  • docholliday666

    Unreal Tournament all the way…everybody dies!

  • Mike

    Oh great, there’s always someone like you who brings race into the discussion.

  • Adam Cross

    can you walk around this freely with a virtual camera and take photos in the same way you can in the real world in Google Street View? I thought not.

  • Oj0

    Your keyboard has a Print Screen button :p

  • Omar Salgado

    At least, those-to-be-photographers are safe from the real world. Who or which simulator can prepare them for real, whole and dynamic world situations?

    Technical knowledge is deeply linked to what is to be conveyed.

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  • Adam Cross

    because that’s totally the same as selecting shutter speed, aperture and ISO values and choosing whether or not to use flash…

  • Oj0

    Sorry, we’re you scouting locations or taking virtual photographs? I would MUCH rather head to location and the pictures don’t come out quite as nicely as anticipated than sit at home knowing such is the case without ever leaving my desk. I love technology as much as the next guy, but this would be taking the fun out of photography.

  • Adam Cross

    sometimes you can’t always get to a location, maybe a tsunami just hit or a blizzard is keeping you on lock down at home. who knows.

  • Oj0

    I know that a blizzard or tsunami would make for a much better photograph than snapping some poorly rendered pixels.