Hands On With The Nintendo 3DS’ 3D Camera

By Spencer . June 21, 2010 . 2:09pm

imageSee the two cameras on the front of the Nintendo 3DS? Those are for taking 3D pictures.


At Nintendo’s E3 booth, an exhibitor asked me to photograph him in a “zombie pose.” He stuck his arms out and I snapped a photo. Sure enough, his arms popped out of the 3DS’ screen. While the resolution may not be comparable to a high end digital camera, the 3D effect is so neat I imagine some people will purchase a Nintendo 3DS for this feature alone.


Controlling the camera is just like using a Nintendo DSi to take photos with one exception. The touch screen has a focus meter where you can adjust the depth effect by sliding a bar left or right.


The camera demo did not have a feature to save or transfer photos. I asked Nintendo about this, but a representative said nothing has been announced yet.

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  • Sounds very cool. Nintendo might innovate on the digital camera end this time around too! I expect to see 3-D photos in Nikons and Canons in a year or two the most

    • NeoTechni

      There already are 3D cameras… At much higher resolution I might add

      • It’ll be the most inexpensive 3D camera ever! Maybe. I don’t know.

        • NeoTechni

          Nope. You can make any camera into a 3D one with a $1 mirror-device actually.

          Plus even at $200, there are cheaper 3D cameras. At a higher resolution I might add.

          Although, 3DS is the only one with a 3D display on it.

          • But can they play games?

      • Electrium

        They aren’t doing a good job marketing them, then! I’ve never heard nor seen one before.

  • After using the #3DS’ 3D camera to take 3D photos, I’m guessing the only way to view them in 3D is on the system alone. That’s unless they come up with a special site (like Hatena/Flipnote) that allows viewers to check out the photos in a 10° angle. Although a 3DS Photos application would be possible for Facebook, but other than that I think we should be able to upload photos in regular 2D still. I also wish for users to be able to share on TwitPic as well, Flickr, or Picasa Web even..

    // Roth

  • I’m sure it will be able to save photos…it’s be bizzare if it couldn’t. Anyway, this’ll be quite a fun toy once I get my 3DS.

  • Great to see Nintendo popularize multi-sensor cameras.

    Don’t worry about resolution, remember its bundled with 3DS, its not meant to compete with stand alone cameras.

    Also, using 2 sensor modules at such distance is much superior to any ‘mirror’ implementation.

    Will be interesting to see what happens relative to technology claims.
    I believe the fundamental patents for multi-sensor camera is by held by Argus Mircrosytems and validated by other camera makers. Nintendo will have to sort this out before March 2011 launch.


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