Taking Photos and Video with your Nintendo 3DS

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Here's another great tip for using your Nintendo 3DS.

With its Wi-Fi capabilities, of course you can play games with the whole world, create communities, and collect and play with Mii characters. But Nintendo 3DS is more than just a video game console.  Did you know you can take pictures and video with it, too?

What's cool is it actually take pictures in 3D! I wish I could show you, unfortunately this blog, while multidimensional in content, only delivers 2D images.   You don't even need 3D glasses to see 3D photos on the 3DS.  It is automatic when you turn your camera from 2D to 3D.

My kids have been showing interest in photography and video making and I'm happy they can use their own 3DS consoles instead of my camera or phone! We carry our 3DS consoles when we are out and about, so when we find something to photograph we just turn the console on.

Using the camera is simple:

  • Turn on your 3DS
  • Click on Camera
  • Move the lever on the right lower side of the screen to choose modes or set a timer
  • Choose between outer, if you want to take a picture of an object or person in front of you, or inner, if you want to take a picture of yourself.
  • After taking your picture, choose it again and use the graffiti mode to add words or other effects to your picture.
  • The Nintendo 3DS has an SD card where videos and pictures can be stored,  just insert the card in your computer to download them.
  • In the Camera mode, you can shoot videos, too, just click on the videocamera icon at the top center of the screen.
  • The Video function also includes a 3D stop-motion animation movie feature! Click here to watch a sample video (click on the photo with Mario and Luigi in their race cars).
You can share or see photos from other Nintendo 3DS fans at the Nintendo Photo Showcase website.  It's fun!

My older son has been playing with the camera mode. In this short video he shows us some of the picture modes:

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Nintendo.  Follow the conversation on twitter #3M3DS.  As always my comments, opinions and love for video games are solely my own.

Silvia Martinez
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