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1. Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:28 BST
Hey people, I'm so fascinated by the 3DS camera since I got my console the other day it seems like it's almost worth the price for the camera alone. Yes, I'm fully aware of how low resolution the camera's are which is what makes it so odd a feature to fall in love with. As simple as the technology is in theory, it's still true that there is not really any very cheap widely available 3D camera out there. Unfortunately it limits the viewing of the awesome pictures to people with a 3DS but that may soon be far more people than will have any other 3D device of recent years. I myself am a cinematographer by trade and camera buff as hobby, so I collect all kinds of odd format and toy cameras so this is quite a gem as a mainstream device to me. Fuji put out a couple models of Finepix 3D cameras in recent years that cost at least as much as a 3DS if not double the price, with a similar viewing system and small monitors that can be viewed the same way. I've been shooting lately with a Panasonic GH2 SLR camera which works with new special '3D' lumix lens for use with it, but like the other cheesy lens they made for a panasonic camera a couple years ago you need the software to handle it and the Expensive TV to view it AND the Glasses to sync with it. (just the glasses cost more than a 3DS). So while I do have one of the few cameras that can handle it I'm still many thousands of $ from actually being able to use it, and really had no interest in trying. Now I have a 3DS and the effect is amazing and really fun. And isn't that what 3D is really for? Many people call it a 'gimmick', like it's a horrible thing; or course it's a gimmick! It's awesome! Isn't that why we play video games in the first place? I'm not looking for deep emotional growth and learning from my games or even from a lot of my photography/film. I want a cool experience and a good time.
anyway, is there anyone else that is way into the camera uses of this and have any cool insights or maybe pictures to post? I haven't even checked yet but is there a way to easiiy send 3D photos to other 3Ds' since thats the best way to view them? maybe thats the way to share them in case people want to do that. I encourage people to try playing with the manual settings in the camera. Turn on the manual controls and it conveniently stays open to operate, and it keeps your manual settings too. I like mine at sharpness +1, Contrast +2, and brightness -1 in daylight for a deep saturated look that makes the 3D really pop out. It's great to have the 3D element that changes the way you need to think about your photography. It seems like it helps to set the focus convergence using sharpest BACK edge of whatever subject you are shooting, that way it gives dimension to the popping object without just pulling it forward into a flat image. This is also opening doors for complaints about really low res of the camera, which I agree is unfortunate but considering Nintendo's insistence on hefty profits per unit an understandable choice. Between the other components here (2 fancy LCDs, 1 touchscreen, processor, gyroscopes, sensors, battery, 3 cameras, mic, wifi chip), they all had to be pretty cheap to stay portable and profitable. though it still seems an odd choice to be THAT low res considering that much of the new game features also rely on the camera functions.
Still I'm excited and the limitation, like with my other favorite 'toy' cameras encourage more creative use of what they CAN do. Expect the hacking community to access video on this soon if nintendo doesn't first. that's gonna rock.
other favorite odd toy cameras of mine are: nickelodeon "photoblaster" 1/4 frame camera, fisher Price "PXL2000" videocam, tyco "camcorder" and "Barbie cam", Holga cameras, Harinezumi 2++ digital camera, russian "Kiev" cameras. Check em out if you like weird cameras.
2. Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:47 BST
So far the coolest thing I did with the camera was take close-up shots of the character AR cards. If you take the photos within the 12 inch distance they tell you to avoid, you can get some fantastic pop-out (and it's not like you have to worry about the images being blurry with the AR card characters). The coolest one I took was one of Mario flying out of the screen.
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3. Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:52 BST
Here's a pic I took of every NLifer I have so far, along with Reggie, and of course, Jesus Christ. I think it came out pretty well.EDIT: I have added a couple more people since this picture was taken, so please don't chastise me if I didn't include you...D:
Edited on Wed 30th March, 2011 @ 01:12 by TeeJay
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4. Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2011 01:07 BST
^ Very cool TJ! I need to add my mii pic (its in my avatar) and mii scan so you can add me to the list.
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5. Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2011 01:12 BST
LOL I'm jumping for joy in the back there.
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6. Posted: Wed 20th Apr 2011 11:23 BST
It seems like what the 3DS does is take a section (600x360 I'm guessing) of the 640x480 camera image and displays that scaled down to 400x240. The annoying thing is it doesn't seem to be consistent in cutting off the same number of pixels from the left side of the image and the right side, and not even from picture to picture. I have pictures that look centred in 2D mode on my 3DS, but the subjects are often clearly to the left in the full jpg file I view on my computer like it mostly cut pixels from the right (but on rare occasions the full jpgs also look properly centred so it seems to be random what pixels get cut off).
Also, when I went to take a photo of the DSi keyboard image in 2D, no matter how well I would align the image with the sides of the display on the 3DS, and no matter how steady I kept my hands when snapping, the photo it displayed afterwards always wound up shifted to one side of what the display was showing me it was going to take a picture of: I wound up having to purposely take the picture to the side to get one that saved properly aligned, so it seems the display on the 3DS doesn't even tell you the truth of what section of the image will end up being used in the photo.
I wish there were an option to zoom out and see the full 4:3 camera image on the 3DS, even if it would leave black bars down the sides of the screen. I don't think it does any favours to the 3DS camera by showing us a cropped image when the camera is as low quality as it is, and this random alignment issue is annoying. I'd rather be able to see exactly what I'm taking a photo of.
7. Posted: Wed 20th Apr 2011 21:46 BST
^That sounds like it's probably an effect of the "3D focus." The images are cropped so that the camera (or you, afterwards) can control the depth of focus between the two images by adjusting them side to side. And when in 2D mode, the 3DS simply shows you what would be in one eye, which is where your out of center problem comes from. Actually I noticed the same problem after taking photos in Pilotwings, which was interesting because they would rate how centered your photos were and even with a perfect score they would look quite off in 2D. I never tried seeing what would happen if playing the photo segments in 2D.
Anyways, I had an idea, just tried it out, and sure enough, if you use the manual "3D focus" control on a 3D photo you've already taken you can adjust it's alignment when viewed in 2D. Just turn on 3D, move the circle pad left or right, then switch back to 2D. Easy.Hope that helps.
Edited on Wed 20th April, 2011 @ 21:47 by moosa
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8. Posted: Wed 20th Apr 2011 22:17 BST
OH it's true, i took a photo of my keyboard, the 3DS screen clearly showed the thing going from Z to M (with nothing after M).And this is the outcome:
.... But other than the extra keys, nothing was lost, so you can just resize the photo if it bothers you.Also, even if you took the photo in 2D, the 3DS stores a 3D version of it. So even though you were centering a 2D photo, you actually took 2 photos in different angles, the one you get on your SD card is the one from the left camera, which explains the image "moving".
Well, i still use my DSi for photos... By the way, has anyone tried seeing your DSi photos on the 3DS? They look soooooooo much better! Almost like good photos!
Edited on Wed 20th April, 2011 @ 22:21 by MorphMarron
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9. Posted: Thu 21st Apr 2011 04:54 BST
I'll give that a shot, moosa!
10. Posted: Thu 21st Apr 2011 16:22 BST
How do you do that? I was hoping there'd be a way to transfer them, but couldn't find one. Did you do it via the SD card?
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11. Posted: Thu 21st Apr 2011 20:54 BST
Yeah, i just put the DSi SD card into the 3DS and it picked up all the photos!
12. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 19:21 BST
TJ inspired me to take some group Mii shots of some of my friends here at Nintendo Life. (I see now that I need more of your Miis! There's a lot of you that I have on my Friend List, but I don't have your Miis in my Plaza)
We look like lemings in this one
13. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 19:24 BST
Awww. No one's used Mii yet
14. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 19:27 BST
Hahaha, that last picture is pretty funny! We're all about to jump off the table!
I saw a Mii that looked very similar to me except it had blushed cheeks and blue eye shadow in your pics, and I was like: "omg she changed my Mii! That's not me!!" And then I saw my Mii. XD
Also, the Mii of me that you have is obsolete, I changed some of the facial features and hair to a slightly different, more accurate representation of me. I wish my SD card reader was working so I could post the QR code.... D:
PS: I'm honored to be in front row of that first picture!
Edited on Fri 22nd April, 2011 @ 19:28 by TeeJay
15. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 19:40 BST
@TJ - I wondered about your Mii. I notice the name of it has a 2 after it. Too bad your card reader isn't working or I'd update your Mii. Be sure to post it in the QR code thread when you do, so I can bag him.@Xkhaoz 3D - Is your Mii in the QR code thread?
16. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 19:41 BST
@Victoria Yeah, it's there, along with some random Miis I've made.
17. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 20:26 BST
@Xkhoaz 3D - How's this? <wink wink>(ps... I didn't save your Mii because it didn't have your name on it. I tended to only keep Miis in my plaza of people I recognise. Sorry bout that. He is a cutie, though.)
18. Posted: Fri 22nd Apr 2011 22:38 BST
xD i'm so saving that picture in my computer.
Edited on Fri 22nd April, 2011 @ 22:38 by MorphMarron
19. Posted: Sat 23rd Apr 2011 03:47 BST
Oh gosh. Is Mii flirting allowed in this forum?
20. Posted: Sat 23rd Apr 2011 10:10 BST