The Nintendo 3DS is a hardy little game machine, but don’t forget that it can take 3D photos, too! After all, what good is a pocket-sized electronic device if it doesn’t have a camera attached to it? If you’re looking to learn how to take 3D pictures with your Nintendo 3DS, just follow these easy step-by-step instructions.
1) Turn on your Nintendo 3DS.
2) Tap the Nintendo 3DS camera icon on the Main Menu. It looks like a camera, which should eliminate any chance of confusion.
3) On the 3DS’s bottom screen, you should see three icons: A small camera with an arrow under it, a larger camera, and a movie/video camera. If you want to take a picture, tap the second (larger) camera icon.
4) Before you start snapping, tap the camera/arrow hybrid icon to switch between the inner and outer cameras, if you want. The Nintendo 3DS’s inner camera cannot shoot 3D pics; only the outer camera can capture 3D images.
5) When you’re ready to shoot, press L, R, or A. The Nintendo 3DS will emit a “click” when you take the picture. The click will sound regardless of your 3DS’s volume setting.
Fun tip: Tap the “Settings” icon on the bottom screen and then tap “Attention Sound.” The Attention Sound is a good way to let your friends know that the camera is about to go off. You can change the sound to a bark, a meow, or even use a “???” option that selects a random clip each time. You might get a whistle, an alien-like warble, or a couple of seconds from the Super Mario Bros theme.
6) Photos are automatically saved to your Nintendo 3DS’s SD card. When you view your album, you can transfer a photo from your SD card to your system memory. You can also adjust your settings so that photos are saved in the system memory by default. Note that videos cannot be saved in the system memory; they must be saved on an SD card.
7) When you’re done, you can perform some editing on your photo. You can scribble on the picture, add effects, and more.
8) Currently, there’s no way to directly share your photos or videos on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. Some folks use the Nintendo 3DS’s browser to upload their pictures to sharing sites like 3DPorch, but the easiest way to share your work would be to grab it off your SD card and distribute it.
Note that your photos will be in 2D unless you view them on the 3DS or a specialized 3D site like 3DPorch!