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Aerial photography was one of the first functions of aircraft during wartime, not too long after the development of consumer cameras by Kodak in the 1880s. The first reconnaissance flight was credited to Captain Carlo Maria Piazza of the Italian Air Force during the Italo-Turkish War of 1911. The French made good use of aerial reconnaissance, entering World War I with the premier air force. German advances in camera design and optics allowed photography at high altitude, primarily from Zeppelins. All sides sought to improve upon ways to quickly deliver intelligence to commanders on the ground.
The Spotting Camera is a vehicle specialization featured in Battlefield 1. It allows pilots of Barrage Bombers to locate ground targets. It is used by pressing the button while aiming with the Bomb Sight.
When activated, all enemies in view are spotted for the entire team. The pilot may immediately follow up with bomb drops or setting up a strafing run for his gunner(s).
— In-game Description
The Spotting Camera is a vehicle specialization featured in Battlefield V, Only available to the Bf 109 G-2/G-6, The Stuka B-2, the Blenheim MKI and the JU-88 C. Functioning similar to Battlefield 1, the spotting camera allows the pilot to operate in the sense of spotting enemies for the team and allowing a far more precise strike. The user must not switch immediately after using the camera however, as one must keep the camera active after one second of activation for the spotting to work.
- The Spotting Camera applies a temporary sepia filter, also made available to spectators as one of several camera filters.