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Patch 6.1: Finally, you can take a S.E.L.F.I.E.

Anne Stickney
01.25.15
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I honestly didn't know how much I needed this particular item until I finally managed to snag one on the PTR. Behold, patch 6.1 is bringing us the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera, a marvelous device that finally lets us egomaniacs turn our cameras on the one person in game we care about the most -- ourselves. The camera is a reward from a new, rare level 100 garrison mission called Field Photography -- a four hour mission that requires no special traits to complete. Simply get the mission to show up on your list and the camera is pretty much yours.

The interface for the camera is really easy to use -- simply click the item to use it, and your camera will automatically turn around to face you. You can swivel the angle to whatever you feel is most pleasing, and press 1 to snap a photo. No need to alt-z the frame out of the picture first, the camera automatically does it for you, snapping the screenshot and putting it in your screenshots folder. As the camera faces your character, they'll make a host of suitably emotive faces, so you don't have to worry about smiling for the camera.


The cool part about this, however, is that you aren't done with the camera or your missions just yet. A followup rare mission called Lens Some Hands will reward you with the S.E.L.F.I.E. Lens Upgrade Kit. Use this on your camera and you'll upgrade to the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera MkII, which can be added to your Toy Box and used by any of your characters. There are three unique filters added with the Lens Upgrade Kit -- a Sketch Filter, a Black and White Filter, and a mysterious Death Filter. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten the follow up mission to pop up in my missions list just yet, but I find myself incredibly curious about that last filter and what it does. We'll have to wait and see.

Interestingly, this may tie in quite well with the new Twitter integration being introduced with patch 6.1. At present time, the system is not available on the PTR, although the opt-in option is available in the Interface/Social UI. Checkmarking the correct box will supposedly enable you to post to Twitter with the /share command, but since you can't seem to log into Twitter just yet, we've yet to see how that functionality will be handled. If it allows you to share screenshots, that camera may be even more entertaining than it is right now. As it stands, the last thing I needed was another excuse to take way too many screenshots -- but the ability to easily take shots of my own character has proven immediately useful, and I'm already wondering how many different ways I can get myself killed by snapping a selfie when an enemy is incoming. I'll try to avoid using it in LFR. I promise. Keep your eyes peeled for the new mission in patch 6.1 -- and until then, you might as well work on getting your best transmog looks together for the camera.


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