The camera being used.

The Camera is a gameplay mechanic in Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise. It is used to take pictures of the garden. Objects such as a Piñata will automatically be detected when the picture is taken, and up to three items will be detected. Pictures could be uploaded to but the website has since been shut down, preventing pictures from being able to be uploaded. It was also able to turn an item into a card for Piñata Vision, which could then be scanned by other players to place the item in a garden. Items turned into a card would disappear from the garden.

Concept Art

A concept art picture of the Smelba.

Concept art can be unlocked by repeatedly taking pictures of an object such as a Piñata. When an item is detected, it has a chance of unlocking a concept picture for that item. Not all objects have concept art available.

Gameplay elements
Player Tower of Sour · Chocolate Coin · Alert · Award · Achievement · Gardener level · Journal · Camera · Concept art · Player Permissions · Training episode
Garden Weather · Day and night cycle · Fertilizer · Transformation · Candy · Shop · Pinometer · Helper · Piñata Vision · Bouncer Board · Garden Store · Trap · Playground · Just for Fun
Tools Watering can · Shovel · Surface Packet · Trick Stick · Seed Bag · Fertilizer Bag · Bait Bag
Piñatas Species · Variant · Wild · Resident · Egg · Cocoon · Sour · Evolution · Romance · Conflict · Fight · Sickness · Wild-card · Happiness Rating · Food chain · Accessory · Costume · Trick · Item level
Minigames Great Piñata Paperchase · P-Factor