Create Your Own Android Camera App

Let’s Start,

Step 1 : Open Visual Studio->New Project->Templates->Visual C#->Android->Blank app.Then Give project name and project location.

Step 2 : Open Solution Explorer-> Project Name->Resources->Layout->Main.axml. Click Open Design View.

Step 3 : Go to Tool bar, select button and ImageView. Drag and drop Main.xaml design view.

Step 4 : Go to Solution Explorer-> Project Name. Right click to Add->Class, followed by opening new Dialog box. This dialog box is required to select the class and give name for BitmapHelpers.cs.

Step 5 : Open Solution Explorer-> Project Name->Resources-> BitmapHelpers.cs. This class is reducing the image size and recycling the memory. It will be used to calculate an image ratio.

C# Code :

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using Android.App;
using Android.Content;
using Android.OS;
using Android.Runtime;
using Android.Views;
using Android.Widget;
using Android.Graphics;
using Android.Graphics.Drawables;
namespace Camera {
public static class BitmapHelpers {
/// This method will recyle the memory help by a bitmap in an ImageView
public static void RecycleBitmap(this ImageView imageView) {
if (imageView == null) {
Drawable toRecycle = imageView.Drawable;
if (toRecycle != null) {
((BitmapDrawable) toRecycle).Bitmap.Recycle();
/// Load the image from the device, and resize it to the specified dimensions.
public static Bitmap LoadAndResizeBitmap(this string fileName, int width, int height) {
// First we get the the dimensions of the file on disk
BitmapFactory.Options options = new BitmapFactory.Options {
InPurgeable = true,
InJustDecodeBounds = true
BitmapFactory.DecodeFile(fileName, options);
// Next we calculate the ratio that we need to resize the image by
// in order to fit the requested dimensions.
int outHeight = options.OutHeight;
int outWidth = options.OutWidth;
int inSampleSize = 1;
if (outHeight > height || outWidth > width) {
inSampleSize = outWidth > outHeight ? outHeight / height : outWidth / width;
// Now we will load the image and have BitmapFactory resize it for us.
options.InSampleSize = inSampleSize;
options.InJustDecodeBounds = false;
Bitmap resizedBitmap = BitmapFactory.DecodeFile(fileName, options);
return resizedBitmap;

Step 6 : Open Solution Explorer-> Project Name->Resources-> MainActicity.cs. Add NameSpace, given below

 using Android.Provider; 
 using Java.IO; 
 using Android.Graphics; 
 using Android.Content.PM; 
 using Uri = Android.Net.Uri; 
 using System.Collections.Generic;

Step 7 : First, declare the button, image variables and open Oncreate(). The code is given below,

C# Code :

 Button BtnTakeImg; 
 ImageView ImgView; 
 public static File _file; 
 public static File _dir; 
 protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle) 
 // Set our view from the "main" layout resource 
 if (IsThereAnAppToTakePictures()) { 
 BtnTakeImg = FindViewById < Button > (Resource.Id.btntakepicture); 
 ImgView = FindViewById < ImageView > (Resource.Id.ImgTakeimg); 
 BtnTakeImg.Click += TakeAPicture; 

Step 8 : We create IsThereAnAppToTakePictures() and CreateDirectoryForPictures().

Step 9 : Here, CreateDirectoryForPictures () is to be used to create separate folder for our image. IsThereAnAppToTakePictures() is redirecting to Android Camera path.

C# Code:

private void CreateDirectoryForPictures() {
_dir = new File(Android.OS.Environment.GetExternalStoragePublicDirectory(Android.OS.Environment.DirectoryPictures), “C#Corner”);
if (!_dir.Exists()) {
private bool IsThereAnAppToTakePictures() {
Intent intent = new Intent(MediaStore.ActionImageCapture);
IList < ResolveInfo > availableActivities = PackageManager.QueryIntentActivities(intent, PackageInfoFlags.MatchDefaultOnly);
return availableActivities != null && availableActivities.Count > 0;
private void TakeAPicture(object sender, EventArgs eventArgs) {
Intent intent = new Intent(MediaStore.ActionImageCapture);
_file = new File(_dir, string.Format(“Image_{0}.jpg”, Guid.NewGuid()));
intent.PutExtra(MediaStore.ExtraOutput, Uri.FromFile(_file));
StartActivityForResult(intent, 102);
protected override void OnActivityResult(int requestCode, Result resultCode, Intent data) {
if (requestCode == 102 && resultCode == Result.Ok) {
// make it available in the gallery
Intent mediaScanIntent = new Intent(Intent.ActionMediaScannerScanFile);
Uri contentUri = Uri.FromFile(_file);
//Converstion Image Size
int height = ImgView.Height;
int width = Resources.DisplayMetrics.WidthPixels;
using(Bitmap bitmap = _file.Path.LoadAndResizeBitmap(width, height)) {
//View ImageView
//Upload Image in Database

Step 10 : Finally, give the permission AndroidManifest.XML, stated below,

 <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" /> 
 <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" /> 
 <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

Step 11 : Press F5 or build and run the Application.

Step 12 : After running the Application, go and check gallery. See the last captured picture. Finally, we successfully created Xamarin Android, using our own camera app and showing Imageview last captured image.

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Finally, we have successfully created Xamarin Android Own Camera App

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