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A snapshot icon as seen through the viewfinder of a camera.

Snapshots are a type of collectibles in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. As its name implies, they are obtained using the Camera. Snapshots exist only in San Fierro, San Andreas, and each appears as a rotating circular camera icon above a particularly interesting scenic spot. Snapshots are one of four collectibles along with TagsHorseshoes, and Oysters, and as with them, completing all 50 grants the player a significant reward. The reward for each snapshot correctly taken is $100, making a total of $5,000 for collecting all the set. The reward for capturing all 50 snapshots is 4 weapons spawns becoming available at the Doherty Garage; namely the Micro Uzi, Grenades, Pump Action Shotgun, and Sniper Rifle, and $100,000.

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The message screen when all snapshots are taken.

To successfully capture a snapshot, the snapshot icon must be within the camera viewfinder. Sometimes zooming is required to capture a more distant icon. The point of interest above which the icon sits is not required to be in the viewfinder, simply the icon itself. The photograph can be saved, if desired, by taking the photo using the save mode on the camera, however the snapshot icon will not appear in the photograph unless the snapshot doesn't register due to the icon being too far out. Between the hours of 00:00 and 05:00, snapshots can be spotted without the use of a camera due to a bright pinky-orange glow where the snapshot is located.

Snapshot glow

The glow that marks the location of a snapshot at night.

There is a minor glitch involving the snapshot icons; sometimes, CJ can be too far away for the icon to be visible but it will register as a snapshot if the camera viewfinder is zoomed in enough and pointing towards the general location of the icon.  It is possible to catch a glimpse of the icon without the need of a camera if you speed towards one, it will be visible for a second before disappearing.

Most of the snapshot icons can be easily photographed once San Fierro is opened, with the exception of one on the Garver Bridge that can't be seen until the bridge opens for crossing, but it's possible to capture this snapshot before the bridge opens, using a boat to go under it. Another snapshot icon is located within the Easter Basin Naval Station, though accessing the area and getting close enough to view the icon will trigger a 5-star wanted level, you can keep your distance in a boat and get close enough to take it without attaining a wanted level. Nevertheless, all snapshots can be taken at the beginning of the game without even using aircrafts if you take pictures of the icons from far away. Most will not be visible, but as long if you aim correctly at them you will get the snapshot.



Snapshots' locations

Video Walkthrough

GTA San Andreas - 50 Snapshots Guide (Complete)18:34

GTA San Andreas - 50 Snapshots Guide (Complete)

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