Nintendo 3DS Camera

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The Nintendo 3DS Camera is a built-in photo and video recording application for the Nintendo 3DS, and it also has an integrated media gallery and simple photo editing functionality. The Nintendo 3DS Camera serves as the successor to the Nintendo DSi Camera for the Nintendo DSi. There is a counterpart application titled Nintendo 3DS Sound, which has a similarly designed logo but specializes in audio instead. Both the Nintendo 3DS Camera and the Nintendo 3DS Sound feature a parakeet with green feathers and a yellow head who provides usage tips within the respective application.

The HOME Menu features an alternate camera application with only the most basic functionality. It can be opened by pressing L Button and R Button simultaneously. The HOME Menu's camera application does not feature the parakeet, although the user can open the full application by tapping a button at the bottom-right corner of the Touch Screen.

On December 7, 2011, a system update added the ability to record three-dimensional videos up to ten minutes long.


The Nintendo 3DS Camera uses the system's two front-facing cameras to take three-dimensional photos, and the user-facing camera to take regular two-dimensional photos. All photographs are taken at a resolution of 640 × 480 px (VGA). The two perspectives of 3D photographs are stored into two separate files, with JPG and MPO extensions. The user has the option to save their photos to either the internal memory or an SD card, and can transfer or copy photographs to the SD card and vice versa.

In addition to manual recording controls, timers can be set to take a photograph every three or ten seconds after pressing the "Take" button, or by means of voice commands such as "OK!". The Nintendo 3DS Camera allows for users to save their photographs to an SD card, which can store up to 3,000 photos, regardless of storage capacity.

There is a mode called "Merge," which takes a photo of the user facing the inner camera and merges the photo from someone facing the outer cameras.

Other options include manual controls such as the color type (normal, black and white, sepia, negative or solarize), sharpness, contrast and brightness.


There are two standard modes for taking photos: Normal and Low-Light, the latter mainly being for taking photos and recording videos in dark lighting conditions.

There are some real-time photo filters, including:

  • Sparkle: adds moving stars to the photo
  • Dream: adds a dream-like bright light to the photo
  • Pinhole: lightens the center of the screen and darkens the edges
  • Mystery: adds a random finish to the photo.

Recording options[edit]

The December 7, 2011 update added three video recording options:

  • Interval Shot: this allows sequences of images to be recorded in short-timed intervals to create time-lapse photography
  • Frame Pick: this edits still images together to create stop motion animation
  • Montage: lets the user pause and resume recording seamlessly

If the SD card is low on storage space, the application automatically reduces the available recording time.