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android – Accessing AutoFocus/Flash with Google Vision BarCode Reader

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I am playing with the original example of BarCode scanner here:

https://github.com/googlesamples/android-vision/blob/master/visionSamples/barcode-reader/app/src/main/java/com/google/android/gms/samples/vision/barcodereader/BarcodeCaptureActivity.java

They are able to start the AutoFocus/Flash within the camera factory like this:

    // Creates and starts the camera.  Note that this uses a higher resolution in comparison
    // to other detection examples to enable the barcode detector to detect small barcodes
    // at long distances.
    CameraSource.Builder builder = new CameraSource.Builder(getApplicationContext(), barcodeDetector)
            .setFacing(CameraSource.CAMERA_FACING_BACK)
            .setRequestedPreviewSize(1600, 1024)
            .setRequestedFps(15.0f);

    // make sure that auto focus is an available option
    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.ICE_CREAM_SANDWICH) {
        builder = builder.setFocusMode(
                autoFocus ? Camera.Parameters.FOCUS_MODE_CONTINUOUS_PICTURE : null);
    }

    mCameraSource = builder
            .setFlashMode(useFlash ? Camera.Parameters.FLASH_MODE_TORCH : null)
            .build();

However this method on cameraSource builder is gone in current version and so this setting cannot be accessed. Also I need to change the FlashMode during usage, so that is not the way to do it either. I found this ugly solution to accessing the camera:

public static Camera getCamera(@NonNull CameraSource cameraSource) {
    Field[] declaredFields = CameraSource.class.getDeclaredFields();

    for (Field field : declaredFields) {
        if (field.getType() == Camera.class) {
            field.setAccessible(true);
            try {
                Camera camera = (Camera) field.get(cameraSource);
                if (camera != null) {
                    return camera;
                }

                return null;
            } catch (IllegalAccessException e) {
                e.printStackTrace();
            }

            break;
        }
    }

    return null;
}

Although it works, it does not help: when calling getParameters().setFocusMode() I am getting this exception:

Attempt to invoke virtual method 'android.hardware.Camera$Parameters android.hardware.Camera.getParameters()' on a null object reference

Obviously what I am doing is not a right way to do it, but there seem to be no documentation about it.

Thanks for hints.

How to&Answers:

Just optimize your code as following and you have to call this method after building Camera Source class.

private Camera camera = null;
boolean flashmode=false;
private void flashOnButton() {
    camera=getCamera(mCameraSource);
    if (camera != null) {
        try {
            Camera.Parameters param = camera.getParameters();
         param.setFlashMode(!flashmode?Camera.Parameters.FLASH_MODE_TORCH :Camera.Parameters.FLASH_MODE_OFF);
            camera.setParameters(param);
            flashmode = !flashmode;
            if(flashmode){
                showToast("Flash Switched ON");
            }
            else {
                showToast("Flash Switched Off");
            }
        } catch (Exception e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }

    }
}
private static Camera getCamera(@NonNull CameraSource cameraSource) {
    Field[] declaredFields = CameraSource.class.getDeclaredFields();

    for (Field field : declaredFields) {
        if (field.getType() == Camera.class) {
            field.setAccessible(true);
            try {
                Camera camera = (Camera) field.get(cameraSource);
                if (camera != null) {
                    return camera;
                }
                return null;
            } catch (IllegalAccessException e) {
                e.printStackTrace();
            }
            break;
        }
    }
    return null;
}

This will help you to enable flash in Google Vision Api using camerasource object.

Answer:

Just use the CameraSource directly.

https://github.com/googlesamples/android-vision/blob/master/visionSamples/barcode-reader/app/src/main/java/com/google/android/gms/samples/vision/barcodereader/ui/camera/CameraSource.java

And you will have the ability to use flash/focus.

CameraSource
.setFlashMode()
.setFocusMode()