iOS - Camera Management


Camera is one of the common features in a mobile device. It is possible for us to take pictures with the camera and use it in our application and it is quite simple too.

Camera Management – Steps Involved

Step 1 − Create a simple View based application.

Step 2 − Add a button in ViewController.xib and create IBAction for the button.

Step 3 − Add an image view and create IBOutlet naming it as imageView.

Step 4 − Update ViewController.h as follows −

#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>

@interface ViewController : UIViewController<UIImagePickerControllerDelegate> {
   UIImagePickerController *imagePicker;
   IBOutlet UIImageView *imageView;

- (IBAction)showCamera:(id)sender;

Step 5 − Update ViewController.m as follows −

#import "ViewController.h"

@interface ViewController ()


@implementation ViewController

- (void)viewDidLoad {
   [super viewDidLoad];

- (void)didReceiveMemoryWarning {
   [super didReceiveMemoryWarning];
   // Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.

- (IBAction)showCamera:(id)sender {
   imagePicker.allowsEditing = YES;
   if ([UIImagePickerController isSourceTypeAvailable:
   UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypeCamera]) {
      imagePicker.sourceType = UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypeCamera;
   } else {
      imagePicker.sourceType = 
   [self presentModalViewController:imagePicker animated:YES];

-(void)imagePickerController:(UIImagePickerController *)picker 
   didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo:(NSDictionary *)info {
      UIImage *image = [info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerEditedImage];
      if (image == nil) {
         image = [info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerOriginalImage];
   imageView.image = image;

-(void)imagePickerControllerDidCancel:(UIImagePickerController *)picker {
   [self dismissModalViewControllerAnimated:YES];


When we run the application and click show camera button, we'll get the following output −

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Once we take a picture, we can edit the picture, i.e., move and scale as shown below −

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