How to Use the Camera | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This guide explains how to use the camera and its features in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn about what filters can be used with the camera, how to add a date and time to pictures, and more.

How to Use the Camera and Camera Controls

How to use camera

Open Up the NookPhone

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Open up your NookPhone and choose the Camera app to start taking pictures.

Camera Controls

Button Function
X Button / Y Button Zoom in or Zoom out
R Button Make Characters Look at the Camera
L Button Change Frame
ZR Change Emote
ZL Change Filter
Directional Buttons Move Camera
+ Button Take Picture
B Button Quit
*[Press] Right Control Stick Hide Control Guide UI

*Feature added on the ver 1.4.0 update.

Appears on the Switch System's Album

Photos taken using the NookPhone App will be saved to your Nintendo Switch album, so make sure you have enough space on your Switch!

You can also use a microSD card to add your extra storage to keep all your island memories!

ACNH - Nintendo Switch
System Requirements

List of Camera Features

1. Zoom in and Zoom out.
2. Add frame and date to a photo, or use Cinema cropping.
3. Add Filters to a phoot.
4. Change the expressions of the characters.
5. Turn Off the Camera Interface

Zoom-In and Zoom-Out

Zoom-In Zoom-Out

Frames and Dates

With Frame added With Frame and Date
With Date added With Cinema cropping

Various Photo Filters

Sharp Pop
Soft Dramatic
Film Monochrome
Antique Normal

Express Emotions with Reactions


When taking pictures, you can use reactions or emotes depending on your mood.

Full Reactions List | How to Unlock Reactions

Turn Off the Camera Interface

You can now remove the camera interface when using the camera app! SImply press down on the Right Stick once to remove it.

Use Photopia to Take Photos with Villagers

Call amiibos for Fun Photoshoots!


You can take pictures with your very own amiibo in Photopia. You can invite all your Animal Crossing amiibo and take various pictures with them in Photopia.

How to Unlock Harvey's Island and Photopia

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