Camera Intent Example

This example shows how to access the camera on a device and display its output in a view.

A screenshot of the application.

Note that, in order to access the camera, the application needs to be built with the feature and android.permission.CAMERA permission. The build script takes care of this.

We import the classes and modules needed by our application. The most relevant to this example is the Intent class which we use to communicate with other activities and services.

from import Activity
from android.content import Context, Intent
from import Bitmap
from android.os import Bundle
from android.provider import MediaStore
from android.view import View
from android.widget import Button, ImageView, LinearLayout

We define a class based on the standard Activity class. This represents the application, and will be used to present a graphical interface to the user.

class CameraIntentActivity(Activity):

    __interfaces__ = [View.OnClickListener]

We declare that the class implements the View.OnClickListener interface by adding this interface to the list held by the __interfaces__ attribute. To implement this interface, we implement the onClick method.

The initialisation method simply calls the corresponding base class method to properly initialise the activity.

    def __init__(self):

Similarly, the onCreate method calls the onCreate method of the base class to help set up the activity before creating a user interface.

    def onCreate(self, bundle):
        Activity.onCreate(self, bundle)

We create a button with a "Take picture" label and register the activity with it as a listener. Since the activity implements the View.OnClickListener interface, the activity's onClick method will be called when the user clicks the button.

        button = Button(self)
        button.setText("Take picture")

We also create an image view for showing pictures obtained from the camera and a layout to hold both the button and image view. We make the layout the main view in the activity.

        self.imageView = ImageView(self)
        layout = LinearLayout(self)

The onClick method is called when the user clicks the button. We create an intent with the MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE action that we pass as the first argument to the activity's startActivityForResult method. The second argument is the request code that should be reported if the attempt to start an activity fails.

    def onClick(self, view):
        intent = Intent(MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE)
        self.startActivityForResult(intent, 1)

The onActivityResult method is called when the activity started in the previous method exits. The requestCode parameter contains the value supplied as the second argument to the startActivityForResult method, the resultCode parameter contains the result code of the helper activity, and the data parameter contains an Intent from the helper that contains the data we requested.

In this example we are only interested in a result code of RESULT_OK. In this case, we obtain the extra data from the Intent passed in the data parameter. This takes the form of a Bundle object whose "data" entry we read to extract a Bitmap. We inform the compiler that we expected a Bitmap by casting the value held by the bitmap variable before setting it as the image to display in the image view created earlier.

    def onActivityResult(self, requestCode, resultCode, data):
        if resultCode == self.RESULT_OK:
            extras = data.getExtras()
            bitmap = extras.get("data")
            self.imageView.setImageBitmap(CAST(bitmap, Bitmap))