Recipe 9.1 Capturing Pictures with the Camera

Android Versions
Level 1 and above
Permissions
CAMERA
Source Code to Download from Wrox.com
Camera.zip

Most Android phones nowadays include built-in cameras — one at the front and one at the back. This recipe shows you how to programmatically invoke the camera to take a picture and then save the picture to external storage.

Solution

First, add a Button in your application UI, such as activity_main.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent"
    android:orientation="vertical" >

    <Button
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:onClick="btnTakePhoto"
        android:text="Take Photo" />

</LinearLayout>

In the activity, code the following lines in bold:

package net.learn2develop.camera;
import java.io.File;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.net.Uri;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.os.Environment;
import android.provider.MediaStore;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
    static int TAKE_PICTURE = 1;
    Uri outputFileUri; @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState); setContentView(R.layout.activity_main); } @Override public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) { getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.activity_main, ...

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