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NativeScript Camera Plus

A NativeScript camera with all the bells and whistles which can be embedded inside a view. This plugin was sponsored by LiveShopper

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Installation

tns plugin add @nstudio/nativescript-camera-plus

Note :- Android Please add the following to your app.gradle

android {
...
 compileOptions {
       sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
       targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
   }
}

Sample

Yes the camera is rotated because it's a webcam to an emulator and it's just the way life works

Camera Plus

Demo

The demo apps work best when run on a real device. You can launch them from the simulator/emulator however the camera does not work on iOS simulators. Android emulators will work with cameras if you enable your webcam.

Android Emulator Note

The camera in your webcam being used on emulators will likely be rotated sideways (incorrectly). The actual camera output will be correctly oriented, it's only the preview on emulators that present the preview incorrectly. This issue shouldn't be present on real devices due to the camera being oriented correctly on the device vs. a webcam in a computer.

Run Vanilla Demo

Plug device in then:

npm run demo.ios
// or...
npm run demo.android

Run Angular Demo

Plug device in then:

npm run demo.ng.ios
// or...
npm run demo.ng.android

Properties

Name Type Default Description
debug boolean false If true logs will be output in the console to help debug the Camera Plus events.
confirmPhotos boolean true If true the default take picture event will present a confirmation dialog before saving.
confirmRetakeText string 'Retake' When confirming capture this text will be presented to the user to retake the photo.
confirmSaveText string 'Save' When confirming capture this text will be presented to the user to save the photo.
saveToGallery boolean true If true the default take picture event will save to device gallery.
galleryPickerMode string 'multiple' The gallery/library selection mode. 'single' allows one image to be selected. 'multiple' allows multiple images.
showFlashIcon boolean true If true the default flash toggle icon/button will show on the Camera Plus layout.
showToggleIcon boolean true If true the default camera toggle (front/back) icon button will show on the Camera Plus layout.
showCaptureIcon boolean true If true the default capture (take picture) icon/button will show on the Camera Plus layout.
showGalleryIcon boolean true If true the choose from gallery/library icon/button will show on the Camera Plus layout.
enableVideo boolean fale If true the CameraPlus instance can record video and videos are shown in the gallery.

Static Properties

Note: These properties need set before the initialization of the camera. Users should set these in a component constructor before their view creates the component if the wish to change the default values. In case of enableVideo, this will be true if either the static property or the component property is true.

Name Type Description
enableVideo boolean Video Support (off by default). Can reset it before using in different views if they want to go back/forth between photo/camera and video/camera
defaultCamera CameraTypes Defaults the camera correctly on launch. Default 'rear'. 'front' or 'rear'

Android Only Properties

Name Type Description
flashOnIcon string Name of app_resource drawable for the native image button when flash is on (enabled).
flashOffIcon string Name of app_resource drawable for the native image button when flash is off (disabled).
toggleCameraIcon string Name of app_resource drawable for the toggle camera button.
takePicIcon string Name of app_resource drawable for the take picture (capture) button.
galleryIcon string Name of app_resource drawable for the open gallery (image library) button.
autoFocus boolean If true the camera will use continuous focus when the camera detects changes of the target.

iOS Only Properties

Name Type Description
doubleTapCameraSwitch boolean Enable/disable double tap gesture to switch camera. (enabled)

Cross Platform Public Methods

Method Description
isCameraAvailable() Returns true if the device has at least one camera.
toggleFlash() Toggles the flash mode on the active camera.
toggleCamera() Toggles the active camera on the device.
chooseFromLibrary(opts?: IChooseOptions) Opens the device gallery (image library) for selecting images.
takePicture(opts?: ICaptureOptions) Takes a picture of the current preview in the CameraPlus.
getFlashMode(): string Android: various strings possible: https://developer.android.com/reference/android/hardware/Camera.Parameters.html#getFlashMode() iOS: either 'on' or 'off'
record(opts?: IVideoOptions) Starts recording a video.
stop() Stops the video recording, when stopped the videoRecordingReadyEvent event will be emitted.

Android Only Public Methods

Method Description
requestCameraPermissions(explanationText?: string) Prompts the user to grant runtime permission to use the device camera. Returns a Promise.
hasCameraPermission() Returns true if the application has been granted access to the device camera.
requestStoragePermissions(explanationText?: string) Prompts the user to grant runtime permission to use external storage for saving and opening images from device gallery. Returns a Promise.
hasStoragePermissions() Returns true if the application has been granted access to the device storage.
getNumberOfCameras() Returns the number of cameras on the device.
hasFlash() Returns true if the active camera has a flash mode.

Events

Name Description
errorEvent Executes when an error is emitted from CameraPlus
photoCapturedEvent Executes when a photo is taken.
toggleCameraEvent Executes when the device camera is toggled.
imagesSelectedEvent Executes when images are selected from the device library/gallery.
videoRecordingStartedEvent Executes when video starts recording.
videoRecordingFinishedEvent Executes when video stops recording but has not process yet.
videoRecordingReadyEvent Executes when video has completed processing and is ready to be used.
confirmScreenShownEvent Executes when the picture confirm dialog is shown..
confirmScreenDismissedEvent Executes when the picture confirm dialog is dismissed either by Retake or Save button.

Option Interfaces

export interface ICameraOptions {
  confirm?: boolean;
  saveToGallery?: boolean;
  keepAspectRatio?: boolean;
  height?: number;
  width?: number;
  autoSquareCrop?: boolean;
  confirmRetakeText?: string;
  confirmSaveText?: string;
}
export interface IChooseOptions {
  width?: number;
  height?: number;
  keepAspectRatio?: boolean;
  showImages?:  boolean;
  showVideos?: boolean;
}
export interface IVideoOptions {
  quality?: CameraVideoQuality;
  confirm?: boolean;
  saveToGallery?: boolean;
  height?: number;
  width?: number;
  disableHEVC?: boolean;
  androidMaxVideoBitRate?: number;
  androidMaxFrameRate?: number;
  androidMaxAudioBitRate?: number;
}

Contributing

  1. Fork and clone the repo.
  2. Execute npm run dev.setup in the root of the repo in your clone.
  3. Execute npm run demo.android or npm run demo.ios to start the demo app on the platform provided. If you have a device connected to your computer then it should start the app on the device. If not, an emulator/simulator should start.
  4. Lastly, you should be able to make changes to the source files in the src directory of the plugin and changes by synced to your running demo app.