New Pokemon Snap: How to take photographs

New Pokemon Snap Pikachu Photograph

New Pokemon Snap is finally here, the first new entry in the series since Pokemon released on N64 way back in 1999.

The series is a fun side game that allows players to take photographs of Pokemon in their natural habitats rather than capturing and battling them.

But, how do you take photographs?

How To Take Photographs In New Pokemon Snap

Taking photographs in New Pokemon Snap is the sole purpose of the game, without them you’d just travel along a set path looking at Pokemon, which I guess would also be fun.

Thankfully, you receive the camera during the opening cutscene and dialogue sequence so you can get to snapping photographs immediately.

To take photographs you can move the camera either with the left analogue stick, or with motion controls, this will be more handy in handheld mode, but Pro Controller users will probably find it easy to just use the analogue stick.

New Pokemon Snap Pikachu Photograph
Credit: Nintendo/The Pokemon Company

Taking photographs is incredibly easy too, once you have the Pokemon in your sights simply press A to snap a picture of them.

Hovering over the Pokemon for a few moments will also highlight the Pokemon, indicating that they are the focus of the picture and the Pokemon that will be judged by Professor Mirror.

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Since the size of the Pokemon is an aspect that is judged, zooming it can be incredibly handy too.

By pressing the ZL button you can zoom in to get a better shot of a Pokemon.

This can be changed in the options to be hold or toggle, so you can customize it depending on your preferred playstyle.


Check out the latest trailer for New Pokemon Snap below.

About New Pokemon Snap

This new game brings the gameplay of the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64™ system to life on the Nintendo Switch system with unknown islands to discover and different Pokémon to see!

Photograph lively wild Pokémon in their natural habitats as you research and explore unknown islands. Hop in your trusty travel pod, the NEO-ONE, and journey through a variety of environments such as beaches, jungles, and deserts to capture previously-unseen Pokémon behaviors. You can even play a melody or toss Pokémon a delicious fluffruit to catch their attention. Photos you take can also be used to fill out your very own Pokémon Photodex!

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