This package provides a cross-platform abstraction over the native camera APIs on Android and iOS. In order to use this package you must add a reference to Fuse.Controls.CameraView in your unoproj.

The CameraView API is mostly exposed as a Promise based API in JavaScript. Lets have a look at how to get up and running:

    <NativeViewHost Dock="Fill">
        <!-- The size and aspect of the camera live preview
             does not always match they size your cameraview
             is given by layout. Set stretchmode to either Uniform
             or Fill to deal with this
        <CameraView ux:Name="_cameraView" StretchMode="Fill" />
            var Observable = require("FuseJS/Observable");
            var Camera = _cameraView;

            // Observables for dealing with
            // the different states of the camera
            var captureMode = Observable();
            var cameraFacing = Observable();
            var flashMode = Observable();
            var cameraReady = Observable(false);

            // getCamereInfo will resolve when the camera is fully loaded
                .then(function(info) {
                    captureMode.value = info[Camera.INFO_CAPTURE_MOE];
                    cameraFacing.value = info[Camera.INFO_CAMERA_FACING];
                    flashMode.value = info[Camera.INFO_FLASH_MODE];
                    cameraReady.value = true;
                .catch(function(error) {
                    console.log("Failed to get camera info: " + error);

The <CameraView /> tag is the UI element that will display a live preview from the camera. The camera is loading asynchronously and the getCameraInfo promise wont resolve until it is loaded. This can be used to reflect if the camera is ready and its initial state in your UI.

Capturing a photo

To capture a photo, make sure the camera is loaded as discussed above and set its capture mode to photo. If a photo capture was successful you will get an object representing the native photo result, you can call save() to store the photo on disk and get a filepath. A photo may require a lot of memory on your device, make sure to call release() on it when you are done using it. It is considered bad practice to keep many photo objects around as this can lead to out-of-memory crashes.

    .then(function(newCaptureMode) { /* ready to capture photo */ })
    .catch(function(error) { /* failed */ });

function capturePhoto() {
        .then(function(photo) {
                .then(function(filePath) {
                    console.log("Photo saved to: " + filePath);
                .catch(function(error) {
                    console.log("Failed to save photo: " + error);
        .catch(function(error) {
            console.log("Failed to capture photo: " + error);
Recording video

Make sure the capture mode is set to video. When you start a recording you get a session object which you need to hold onto. When you call stop() on the recording session you will get a file path to the result.

    .then(function(newCaptureMode) { /* ready to record video */ })
    .catch(function(error) { /* failed */ });

var recordingSession = null;

function startRecording() {
        .then(function(session) {
            console.log("Video recording started!");
            recordingSession = session;
        .catch(function(error) {
            console.log("Failed to start recording: " + error);

function stopRecording() {
    if (session == null)

        .then(function(recording) {
            console.log("Recording stopped, saved to: " + recording.filePath());
            session = null;
        .catch(function(error) {
            console.log("Failed to stop recording: " + error);
            session = null;
Change camera facing

You can change the camera facing when the camera is not busy. For example, you cannot change camera facing while recording video or capturing a photo.

var currentFacing = Camera.CAMERA_FACING_BACK;

function flipFacing() {
    var facing = currentFacing == Camera.CAMERA_FACING_BACK
        ? Camera.CAMERA_FACING_FRONT
        : Camera.CAMERA_FACING_BACK;

        .then(function(newCameraFacing) {
            console.log("Camera facing set to: " + newCameraFacing);
        .catch(function(error) {
            console.log("Failed to set camera facing: " + error);
Set photo resolution (Android only)

On iOS you cannot specify an output resoltuion for captured photos, however on Android you must specify what resolution you want your photos captured in. There is no sensible default value, so if not explicilty set this abstraction will chose a resolution based on the current aspect ratio of your <CameraView />. But you have the option to set this yourself, although that code will only work on Android.

    .then(function(info) {
        // If we are running on android, the info object should contain
        // an array of available resolutions for the current camera facing
        if (Camera.INFO_PHOTO_RESOLUTIONS in info) {

            var supportedResolutions = info[Camera.INFO_PHOTO_RESOLUTIONS];

            // Make a function that picks the resolution you want
            var resolution = pickResolution(supportedResolutions);

            // Put your resolution in an object with the photo resolution key
            var options = {};
            options[Camera.OPTION_PHOTO_RESOLUTION] = resolution;

                .then(function() { /* success */ })
                .catch(function(error) {
                    console.log("Failed to set photo options: " + error);


Fuse.Controls.CameraView 2.9.1
Show Uno properties and methods

Interface of CameraViewBase

Inherited from LayoutControl

Inherited from Control

Inherited from Element

ActualPosition : float2 uno

The position of the element, the position of its top-left corner to the top-left corner in the parent.

Anchor : Size2 ux

A point within the element to treat as its "epicenter".

Aspect : float ux

The aspect ratio that an element must fulfill in layout.

Offset : Size2 ux

Offets the position of the element after all other layout has been applied.

Inherited from Visual

bringIntoView() js

Requests that this visual be brought into the visible are of the screen. Typically a containing ScrollView will scroll to ensure it is visible.

Children : IList of Node ux

The children of the visual. All nodes placed inside the visual in UX markup are assigned to this list. The order of Visuals this list determines the order of layout. The Z-order of the children is by default equal to this order, but can be manipulated separately using methods like BringToFront and SendToBack.

InvalidateVisual uno

Indicates the visual for this node has changed. This allows the root-level node to know that it must draw, and any caching that it must invalidate the cache for this node.

InvalidateVisualComposition uno

Indicates the composition of the visual has changed, but that the visual drawing itself is still valid (for example a position change).

IsEnabled : bool ux

Whether this node is currently interactable. Disabled visuals do not receive input focus. However, they can still be visible and block hit test for underlaying objects.

IsLocalVisible : bool uno

Returns whether this visual is visible without concern for whether an ancestor visual is hidden or collapsed.

IsVisible : bool uno

Returns whether this visual is currently visible. Will return false if any of the ancestor visuals are hidden or collapsed. This property can not be used to check whether a visual is hidden because it is occluded by another visual, or is outside the view but otherwise visible.

Parameter : string ux

The parameter data for this visual, encoded as JSON, provided by a router if this visual represents a navigation page.

SnapToPixels : bool ux

Whether to snap the result of layout of this visual to physical device pixels.

ZOffset : float ux

Specifies a Z-Offset, visuals with higher values are in front of other visuals.

Inherited from Node

ContextParent : Node uno

The context parent is the semantic parent of this node. It is where non-UI structure should be resolved, like looking for the DataContext, a Navigation, or other semantic item.

FindNodeByName(Selector, Predicate<Node> (Node)) : Node uno

Finds the first node with a given name that satisfies the given acceptor. The serach algorithm works as follows: Nodes in the subtree are matched first, then it matches the nodes in the subtrees ofthe ancestor nodes by turn all the way to the root. If no matching node is found, the function returns null.

IsRootingStarted : bool uno

Whether rooting of this node has started. Note that even if this property returns true, rooting may not yet be completed for the node. See also IsRootingCompleted.

Name : Selector ux

Run-time name of the node. This property is automatically set using the ux:Name attribute.

OnRooted uno

If you override OnRooted you must call base.OnRooted() first in your derived class. No other processing should happen first, otherwise you might end up in an undefined state.

Inherited from PropertyObject

Inherited from object

Implemented Interfaces

IScriptObject uno

Interface for objects that can have a script engine representation