New Pokemon Snap (Switch)

Camera Guide: Camera Features and How to Use

New Pokemon Snap - Camera Guide: How to Use the Camera
This is a guide to using the Camera in New Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch. See how the camera works, as well as all its new functions for taking pictures!

New Pokemon Snap Camera Design

A sleek and refined camera for snapping Pokemon!

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The New Pokemon Snap camera has a stylish red, black and blue color with a zoom lens. It also no longer has a camera eyepiece, unlike the camera used in the N64 Pokemon Snap. New Pokemon Snap's camera is more like a digital camera, to match more modern cameras used today.

It is high-tech and way better than the old camera. You can do more things, like scanning Pokemon to learn their gender, type, and to make them to notice you.

Just like before, it also shows an icon on the right corner of the game screen. However, instead of camera film, it has an icon that looks like a photo gallery storage, which will let you know how many snaps you can take per level.

The new Research Camera will be given to you at the very beginning of the game!

Progression Guide and Complete Story Walkthrough

Burst Mode Unlocked on Post Game

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After beating the story, you will be able to take multiple shots with a single press of the shutter using Burst Mode! Learn more about post-game contents in our guide below.

Post Game Contents and 100 Percent Guide

Research Camera Features

The Research Camera is invented by Professor Mirror, it can be used in many ways, you can use this for communications, analyze data on the fly and serve as an ID badge. It is also used to operate and run your Neo-One vehicle!

Taking Pictures

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The main feature of the New Pokemon Snap research camera is to capture photos of Pokemon around the Lental Region through night and day, while riding a floating pod called the Neo-One.

Like with the original N64 Pokemon Snap, the floating pod will follow rail paths in each location to tour you around the area. This will allow you to discover and take photos of every Pokemon in each expedition.

How to Take Pictures

To move the camera around the area and get the perfect shot for your Photodex, tilt the System or Controller (Gyro Controls). You can also control the camera by using the Left or Right Control Stick on your controller.

Remember to use the circle in the center of your viewfinder (Pointer), it will help you line up your shots. Also, make sure to aim your shots carefully by following the [O] symbol on the center of the screen. If you want to adjust your camera and motion controls, just go to the Settings menu, as well as on the Pause menu if you are out doing research.

At the end of each expedition, Professor Mirror will evaluate your photos. Make sure to snap as many as you can!

Action Control
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Move the Camera Tilt the System or Controller (Gyro Controls)
Left or Right Control Stick
Zooming in Hold the Zl Button, then press the A Button to take photos.

Burst Mode

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Beating the game unlocks the Burst Mode. This mode allows you to take multiple shots with one press of the shutter. You can change the number of shots taken with Burst Mode or turn it off in the settings.

This allows you to have more options when selecting the best shot for evaluations or for your personal album. Just be careful not to run out of photo memory though!

How to Unlock Burst Mode

Print New Pokemon Snap Photos

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Do you want to create a real-life Photodex or collect your favorite snapshots for keepsakes? Good news for you! Nintendo has teamed up with Fujifilm and launched a Nintendo-themed Instax printer. Now, you can print your favorite shots in the Lental Region and add awesome New Pokemon Snap frames! There is also a Pikachu Silicone Case Instax Bundle that you can buy. So exciting!

How to Use New Pokemon Snap Printer


Camera Guide - Scan

Another feature that the New Pokemon Snap research camera has is a scanner. It can do many things that will help you on your adventure in the Lental Region, like detecting hidden Pokemon around the area. To use the scan feature, aim for the things you want to scan and press the X button.

Action Control
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Scan Pokemon

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Scanning Pokemon can help you reveal their names and their gender. You can also use it to make a Pokemon notice you. Remember, interacting with Pokemon shows different Pokemon behavior. This might give you a chance to snap a great photo, or potentially view a new pose!

How do Photo Scores Work?

Scan to Inspect Elements

Camera Guide - Scan to Research
Scan feature can also be used to inspect the elements in your surroundings. This will help you research mysterious things around the Lental Region and know about your surroundings!

How to Use Scan Mode

Scan to Unconver Paths

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There are multiple paths that you can take on each expedition and uncovering them can help you encounter more Pokemon. Use the Scan feature to uncover each path and find more Pokemon and unique interactions!

Hidden Paths Guide: All Branching Route Locations

Play a Melody

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Playing a melody before taking photos gives you a chance to see and capture photos of Pokemon dancing, which might result in gaining a high Photodex Photo score. You can also use this to lure Pokemon.

Action Control
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Melody Effects and How to Use

Throw Fluffruit

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Throwing Fluffruit is a way to lure Pokemon into coming out of the bushes or sand. Giving them Fluffruit also lets you capture a shot of how each Pokemon eats their food, which may result in a higher Photodex Photo score.

Action Control
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Fluffruit Effects and How to Use

Illumina Orb

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Using Illumina Orbs is another way to lure Pokemon or make them react differently. This will also make a Pokemon glow, called the Illumina state, which is very mesmerizing! The item likely has other effects currently unknown, so be sure to use them in many situations!

Action Control
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Illumina Orb Effects and How to Use

Related Guides

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Tips and Tricks

New Pokemon Snap Tips and Tricks

How to Raise Your Research Level Quickly How to Get a High Star Ranking
All Secrets and Easter Eggs Post Game Contents and 100 Percent Guide
How to Use Auto Select Efficiently How to Unlock Burst Mode
All Ancient Ruin Locations All Crystabloom Locations
Hidden Paths Guide: All Branching Route Locations How to Get Behind the Waterfall
How to Get 10 3-Star Photos in One Run How to Get 10 4-Star Photos in One Run
All Research Spot Locations How to Get a High Course Score
How to Unlock All Research Titles How to Unlock All Profile Icons
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How to Unlock All Frames List of Unlockables
How Long is New Pokemon Snap? Is New Pokemon Snap Multiplayer?
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How to Change Your Name How to Speed Up the Neo-One
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How Does Online Play Work? How to Get a High Ranking Online
How to Get Sweet! Medals -
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Controls and Best Settings How to Print New Pokemon Snap Photos
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