There are two camera types in Total War: ARENA, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Both cameras have a different feel, so players may perceive one camera as more intuitive than the other. While it's ultimately down to personal preference, it's important to make an informed decision before you decide which camera you want to use.
First is the Arena camera, which is enabled by default. Those of you who have played Rome: Total War and Medieval II: Total War should be familiar with this camera, as it was the default camera type in those games as well. The second option is the Classic camera, which has been the default choice in the Total War series since Empire: Total War.
The key difference that distinguishes these two cameras from one another and defines how they operate is their anchor point, or the point in which you rotate around and zoom in and out from. For the Classic camera, the anchor point is directly below the camera. For the Arena camera, it's positioned in the centre of the screen.
In the settings, you will find an option to increase camera height. Although this setting allows you to observe more of your surroundings all at once, objects like stakes and caltrops will be harder to notice. There is a small difference in maximum height between the two cameras as well. The Classic camera offers a slightly higher viewpoint, which can be a noticeable difference if you decided not to enable increased camera height. If you did, the difference is minimal.
In settings you can also change your hotkeys and how the camera behaves upon moving your cursor to the edge of the screen. Make sure to tick the box in the settings to “show unassigned hotkeys” in order to get the full picture of what is available to customise.
The biggest advantage of the Arena camera is that it requires less keys to be controlled efficiently, which allows more free keys to be assigned to other important hotkeys instead, such as those just under your fingers for better reaction times. As with everything, this comes at the price of precision and freedom of movement, which are the biggest selling points of the Classic camera.
Each camera also behaves differently when moving between select locations. For example, when you double-click on your units or click a position on the minimap, the Arena camera will quickly and smoothly transition between these locations, while the Classic camera will jump to each location instantly.
We recommend you try both camera types using both default and custom hotkeys to see for yourself what suits you best. With the help of this article, you should now know the key differences to look for when comparing the two camera types in Total War: ARENA.
Good luck on the battlefield, Commanders!