Is it a beard? Or is it a camera? No one will guess that it is both! Great for infiltrating lumber yards, Canada, and strongmen competitions.
— Dapper Rogue Catalogue for the Gentleman Scoundrel
The Camera Beard is a cosmetic item for the Spy. It is a brown, bushy fake beard that covers the Spy's face from the nostrils down, with a film camera hidden within with tape.
The item's description was written by Codo for the Hat Describing Contest, and was slightly edited by Valve.
This item is awarded in Genuine quality to players who purchase the BLU Spy Action Figure and redeem the code that comes with it.
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August 13, 2009 Patch (Classless Update)
- The Camera Beard was added to the game.
December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)
- Moved to the Misc loadout slot so the Camera Beard can be equipped with a hat.
- Spy's Camera Beard can now be smelted into scrap metal.
- Changed the Camera Beard to be treated as a hat in crafting, allowing it to be used as an ingredient in the "Rebuild Headgear" crafting recipe.
September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
- [Undocumented] Added a community-contributed description for the Camera Beard.
- The Camera Beard was made paintable.
- [Undocumented] Changed the Camera Beard from
- [Undocumented] Revealed the rest of the NECA action figure promos.
- [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.
- This item is a tongue-in-cheek reference to real-world spy micro-cameras, which are disguised as innocuous articles of clothing such as shirt buttons or wristwatches, or in this case, a fake beard.
- Initially, the Spy had rejected the Camera Beard for being "ridiculous" on Day 4 of the Sniper vs. Spy Update, and elected to purchase the Cloak and Dagger and Dead Ringer instead.
- When the Camera Beard was changed from a headwear item to a miscellaneous item, they were dropped at an abnormally high rate, on par with weapons. A blueprint was soon added, so players could craft three of them into one scrap metal, until the drop rate of miscellaneous items was placed on par with that of hats.