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In the XBLA port of Spelunky, there is a Camera item in some shops. The journal doesn't say anything much about it. It didn't seem to have any effect on the enemies I used it on, though it does stun damsels and I've heard it enrages shopkeepers.

Does this item have any useful purpose?

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It stuns enemies as well providing you catch them in the "picture" box, and will light up dark levels when the flash goes off

I can also tell you from experience that people playing with you might not appreciate you flashing them repeatedly with it :)

Update: Just discovered it will kill undead and bats instantly too

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It's true, most people don't appreciate being flashed :P –  Alex Jul 6 '12 at 10:41
    
It will also anger the shopkeeper. So do not take his picture, no matter how dashing he may look. –  Zibbobz Nov 19 '13 at 14:10
    
You can even stun the ghost (and get a great picture) with the camera. –  bd33 Mar 23 at 15:20
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