Type Function
Library media.*
Return value none
Revision Release 2023.3686
Keywords media, camera, photo
See also media.hasSource()


Opens a platform-specific interface to the device's camera. This function is asynchronous, meaning that it returns immediately so the calling code will continue to execute until the end of its scope; after that, the application will be suspended until the session is complete. By default, the image object is added to the top of the current stage, although there is an option to save the image to a directory instead.



This API is not supported on Windows Desktop or tvOS.


On Android, in order to use the camera, you must set the following permissions in your build.settings file. The external storage permission is required even if your app is not writing the camera shot to file, because Android's camera app needs permission to save its camera shot to public storage to make it available to your app.

settings =
    android =
        usesPermissions =


On iOS, in order to use the camera, you must include the following keys/descriptions in the plist table of build.settings. When the system prompts the user to allow access, the associated description is displayed as part of the alert. Note that these descriptions can be customized to your preference and they can even be localized (guide).

settings =
    iphone =
        plist =
            NSCameraUsageDescription = "This app would like to access the camera.",
            NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription = "This app would like to access the photo library.",


media.capturePhoto( { listener [, destination] } )
listener (required)

Listener. Can be either a function listener or a table listener. If a table, it must have a completion method. The event dispatched to the listener will be a completion event with the following additional properties:

  • is a DisplayObject based on the mediaSource parameter. If the chosen image is saved to a file, there is no display object added to the stage and this value will be nil.
  • event.completed will be true if the user selected a photo; false if the user cancelled the camera or photo selection.
destination (optional)

Table. If provided, the chosen image is saved to a file. In this case, there is no DisplayObject added to the stage and to event sent to listener. This table should be in the form { [baseDir= ,] filename= }. If baseDir is specified, this is the directory constant to which to save the file.


local function onComplete( event )
   local photo =
   print( "photo w,h = " .. photo.width .. "," .. photo.height )

if media.hasSource( media.Camera ) then
    media.capturePhoto( { listener=onComplete } )
    native.showAlert( "Corona", "This device does not have a camera.", { "OK" } )