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Making Camera for Android more friendly. 📸

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Camera API in Android is hard. Having 2 different API for new and old Camera does not make things any easier. But fret not, that is your lucky day! After several years of working with Camera, we came up with Fotoapparat.

What it provides:

  • Camera API which does not allow you to shoot yourself in the foot.
  • Simple yet powerful parameters customization.
  • Standalone custom
    which can be integrated into any
  • Fixes and workarounds for device-specific problems.
  • Both Kotlin and Java friendly configurations.
  • Last, but not least, non 0% test coverage.

Taking picture becomes as simple as:

val fotoapparat = Fotoapparat(
    context = this,
    view = cameraView


fotoapparat .takePicture() .saveToFile(someFile)

How it works

Step One


to your layout

Step Two


            context = this,
            view = cameraView,                   // view which will draw the camera preview
            scaleType = ScaleType.CenterCrop,    // (optional) we want the preview to fill the view
            lensPosition = back(),               // (optional) we want back camera
            cameraConfiguration = configuration, // (optional) define an advanced configuration
            logger = loggers(                    // (optional) we want to log camera events in 2 places at once
                     logcat(),                   // ... in logcat
                     fileLogger(this)            // ... and to file
            cameraErrorCallback = { error -> }   // (optional) log fatal errors

Check the wiki for the

options e.g. change iso

Are you using Java only? See our wiki for the java-friendly configuration.

Step Three


. No rocket science here.
override fun onStart() {

override fun onStop() { super.onStop() fotoapparat.stop() }

Take a picture

Finally, we are ready to take a picture. You have various options.

val photoResult = fotoapparat.takePicture()

// Asynchronously saves photo to file photoResult.saveToFile(someFile)

// Asynchronously converts photo to bitmap and returns the result on the main thread photoResult .toBitmap() .whenAvailable { bitmapPhoto -> val imageView = (ImageView) findViewById(


// Of course, you can also get a photo in a blocking way. Do not do it on the main thread though. val result = photoResult.toBitmap().await()

// Convert asynchronous events to RxJava 1.x/2.x types. // See /fotoapparat-adapters/ module photoResult .toBitmap() .toSingle() .subscribe { bitmapPhoto ->


Update parameters

It is also possible to update some parameters after

was already started.
                flashMode = if (isChecked) torch() else off()
                // ...
                // all the parameters available in CameraConfiguration

Or alternatively, you may provide updates on an existing full configuration.

val configuration = CameraConfiguration(
    // A full configuration
    // ...

fotoapparat.updateConfiguration( configuration.copy( flashMode = if (isChecked) torch() else off() // all the parameters available in CameraConfiguration ) )

Switch cameras

In order to switch between cameras,

can be used with the new desired
and its
    lensPosition = front(),
    cameraConfiguration = newConfigurationForFrontCamera

Set up

Add dependency to your

implementation 'io.fotoapparat:fotoapparat:2.7.0'

Camera permission will be automatically added to your

. Do not forget to request this permission on Marshmallow and higher.

Face detection

Optionally, you can check out our other library which adds face detection capabilities - FaceDetector.


We want to say thanks to Mark Murphy for the awesome job he did with CWAC-Camera. We were using his library for a couple of years and now we feel that Fotoapparat is a next step in the right direction.

We also want to say many thanks to Leander Lenzing for the amazing icon. Don't forget to follow his work in dribbble.


Copyright 2017 Fotoapparat

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