Q. Is it permissible to sell or purchase cameras, or camera phones?
A. In principle, it is permissible to sell or purchase an item that can be used in a permissible way.
As such, it will be permissible to sell or purchase a camera or camera phone as it can be used in a permissible way to take pictures of inanimate pictures, objects etc. which is permissible in Shariah.
However, if the seller or purchaser abuses the camera or camera phone by taking pictures of animate pictures, objects etc., he/she will be sinful (Shaami)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.