Camera View


Mode:All modes
Menu:View ‣ Camera
Menu:View ‣ Camera ‣ Active Camera

Demonstration of camera view.

The Camera view shows the current scene as seen from the currently active camera’s view point. It can be activated by pressing Numpad0. The Camera view can be used to virtually compose shots and preview how the scene will look when rendered. The rendered image will contain everything within the dashed line. In this view you can also set the Render Border which defines the portion of the 3D View to be rendered.

Camera view provides a preview for the final rendered image.

Camera view.


Rendered image.

Camera Navigation

There are several different ways to navigate and position the camera in your scene, some of them are explained below.

Zooming in and out is possible in this view, but to change the viewpoint, you have to move or rotate the camera.


Remember that the active «camera» might be any kind of object. So these actions can be used, for example, to position and aim a lamp.

Move Active Camera to View


Mode:Object Mode

This feature allows you to position and orient the active camera to match your current viewport.

Select a camera and then move around in the 3D View to a desired position and direction for your camera (so that you are seeing what you want the camera to see). Now press Ctrl-Alt-Numpad0 and your selected camera positions itself to match the view, and switches to camera view.

Camera View Positioning

By enabling Lock Camera to View in the View panel of the Properties region, while in camera view, you can navigate the 3D View as usual, while remaining in camera view. Controls are exactly the same as when normally moving in 3D.

Roll, Pan, Dolly, and Track

To perform these camera moves, the camera must first be selected, so that it becomes the active object (while viewing through it, you can RMB – click on the solid rectangular edges to select it). The following actions also assume that you are in camera view Numpad0! Having done so, you can now manipulate the camera using the same tools that are used to manipulate any object:

Press R to enter object rotation mode. The default will be to rotate the camera in its local Z axis (the axis orthogonal to the camera view), which is the definition of a camera «roll».
Vertical Pan or Pitch
This is just a rotation along the local X axis. Press R to enter object rotation mode, then X twice (the first press selects the global axis, pressing the same letter a second time selects the local axis – this works with any axis; see the axis locking page).
Horizontal Pan or Yaw
This corresponds to a rotation around the camera’s local Y axis. Press R, and then Y twice.
To dolly the camera, press G then MMB (or Z twice).
Sideways Tracking
Press G and move the mouse (you can use X twice or Y to get pure-horizontal or pure-vertical sideways tracking).

Se også

Fly/Walk Mode
When you are in walk/fly mode, navigation actually moves your camera.
Lock Camera to View
When enabled, performing typical view manipulation operations will move the camera object.