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Live Mode and Tab Mode Camera Mods - No Drift & Lower Level!

by Buckley Posted 30th Sep 2014 at 4:08 PM - Updated 1st Jan 2016 at 3:59 AM by maybesomethingdunno
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Similar to Aikea Guinea's and cmomoney's Sims 3 camera mods, this mod removes the drift from the live/build mode and tab mode cameras, and it increases both cameras' ranges, enabling them to go down to much lower levels than EA standard. It also attempts to reduce the overall bounciness that occurs whenever you pan the camera around; however, there is still a bit of extra spring to it, especially when switching between floors. I was unable to eliminate that entirely, but if I figure out how I will post an update. These changes will affect both the default Sims 4 camera and the Sims 3 style camera (the check box found in Game Options under the Controls & Camera tab).

There are two mods here, one for the normal game camera and one for the cameraman mode (tab mode) camera. You may use both together, or you can choose just one. They override the Camera INI file and the Video Camera INI file, but I put them in package format for easy installation (in your Mods folder with your other package files). They will conflict with any other mods that make use of either of those two INIs. Built on game version 1.0.728.0 but would probably be compatible with earlier patches as well. However, I cannot confirm that, so if you're on a lower patch level use at your own risk.

As a side note, I created this mod to satisfy how I play the game, but other people may have different preferences, so if you have any suggestions for improvements or other variations please feel free to leave me a comment. =) Depending on what it is, I cannot promise that I'll be able to do it, but I'd be happy to try. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy!

Additional Credits:
A HUGE thank you to spladoum for testing this and giving me feedback. Also, credits to Aikea Guinea, cmomoney, buhudain, and Shimrod for their similar TS3 camera mods, which I used as a reference for figuring out which settings to edit. Created with S4PE and Notepad++.


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[Buckley] Tab Mode Camera Mod.rar

Size: 624 Bytes · Downloads: 83,990 · 30th Sep 2014
624 Bytes 83,990 30th Sep 2014
[Buckley] Camera Mod.rar

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3. Cut and paste the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) into your Mods folder
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Lab Assistant
#101 Old 18th Jul 2019 at 8:11 AM
Originally Posted by SatiSim
okay... THANK YOU!!! im a little sad i didnt find this earlier, since im building huge lots for a long time now, always struggling with the camera in the end stages. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! this will make it way less annoying!!!!! x3

Does this work with the latest patch then? I neeeeed this for my screenshots.
Test Subject
#102 Old 17th Nov 2019 at 9:33 PM
Please please please let this still work! TY so much!
Test Subject
#103 Old 29th May 2020 at 9:33 PM
Its Works!! Thank
Test Subject
#104 Old 6th Jun 2020 at 12:03 AM
does it still works after the eco lifestyle patch (
Lab Assistant
#105 Old 7th Jun 2020 at 11:53 PM
Thank you for this! Can someone confirm if this still works with the new June Eco Living Patch? Thank you.
Test Subject
#106 Old 1st Aug 2020 at 2:08 PM
This works with the 2020 nifty knitting patch. The regular camera speed is 2.0 and thats how fast the camera will go even if you change it. All my mods are updated and nothing was broken when i put it in there with my other mods.
Test Subject
#107 Old 22nd Aug 2020 at 1:47 PM
I think I just saw this on Lilsimie's latest YouTube video as I SO DESPERATELY NEED THIS on PC !!

As an Xbox simmer< I can get something similar to it on console but NOT EVEN CLOSE on PC (That's why I use The Sims 3 camera in build mode but that camera is NO USE when trying to do things like furnish a small room like a bathroom (Heck, EVEN A JAIL CELL is hard - And that's WITH bars for "Walls"

As someone who LOVES to tour builds I mod & those I download from The Gallery in Live mode & stream & make videos as I go along, I'll certainly be looking to make use of this camera mod ESPECIALLY with the VERY LIMITED desk space I have for mouse movement (My PC is on an OLD STEEL DESK with a regular HDTV as one monitor & an old PC monitor as the other monitor I use for streaming so I can see chat )
Test Subject
#108 Old 23rd Oct 2020 at 6:56 AM
Thanks for the mod, is great to have more zoom.
BTW anyone knows where to find a camera mod that stop/lock the camera for being falldown/drop on upper levels? Is very anoying that thing of the camera goes down when i change in other angle.
One horse disagreer of the Apocalypse
#109 Old 15th Nov 2020 at 10:50 AM
Does anyone know if this is ok to have in at the same time as TwistedMexi's BuildMode FreeCam

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
Test Subject
#110 Old 9th Apr 2021 at 8:28 PM
Thank you SO MUCH for this mod. Absolutely perfect and super helpful for storytellers. Man, the angles used to drive me INSANE. This is gold!
Lab Assistant
#111 Old 12th Apr 2021 at 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by Inge Jones
Does anyone know if this is ok to have in at the same time as TwistedMexi's BuildMode FreeCam

I can confirm that this indeed Does work with TM's Build Mode Cam.

I just found this Mod by Buckley, late to the party I know, but both files (CameraMod.package and TabModeCameraMod.package) work wonderfully.

Also, I'm running patched to the current patch (

Hope this Helps!

"If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague."
Lab Assistant
#112 Old 12th Apr 2021 at 11:42 PM
Incredible Camera Mod, Thank You for this Buckley, it really makes ALL the difference!

"If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague."
Test Subject
#113 Old 15th Jun 2021 at 2:54 PM
Essential mod for me! Everything is so much more smooth and now and I can stalk my cat with the new lower level .
Thank you kindly
#114 Old 24th Sep 2021 at 6:56 AM
UPDATE MINOR This creator would have reviewed some fade bust on some Sims. This little problem would be fixed on this update.
Lab Assistant
#115 Old 13th Apr 2022 at 5:13 AM
Originally Posted by heidi137
UPDATE MINOR This creator would have reviewed some fade bust on some Sims. This little problem would be fixed on this update.

Thank you!
Test Subject
#116 Old Today at 4:09 AM
Downloaded, placed in my Mods folder with all my other mods. It doesn't show up in game on startup or in custom content under 'other'. I've restarted game a few times, re-downloaded and placed in mods folder a couple times. I've checked the Camera Options menu and it's not there. I'm trying to do both.

Is this mod not working any more?
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