ImageCapture QML Type

An interface for capturing camera images. More...

Import Statement: import QtMultimedia




Detailed Description

This type allows you to capture still images and be notified when they are available or saved to disk.

Item {
    width: 640
    height: 360

    CaptureSession {
        imageCapture : ImageCapture {
            id: imageCapture
        camera: Camera {
            id: camera

        videoOutput: videoOutput
    VideoOutput {
        id: videoOutput
        anchors.fill: parent

        MouseArea {
            anchors.fill: parent;
            onClicked: imageCapture.capture();

    Image {
        id: photoPreview
        source: imageCapture.preview // always shows the last captured image

Property Documentation

preview : string [read-only]

This property holds a url to the latest captured image. It can be connected to the source property of an Image element to show the last captured image.

CaptureSession {
    camera: Camera {}
    imageCapture: ImageCapture {
        id: capture
Image {
    source: capture.preview

See also saveToFile.

readyForCapture : bool [read-only]

This property holds a bool value indicating whether the camera is ready to capture photos or not.

Calling capture() or captureToFile() while ready is false is not permitted and results in an error.

Signal Documentation

errorOccurred(id, error, errorString)

This signal is emitted when an error occurs during capture with requested id. error is an enumeration of type ImageCapture::Error. A descriptive message is available in errorString.

Note: The corresponding handler is onErrorOccurred.

imageCaptured(requestId, preview)

This signal is emitted when an image with requested id requestId has been captured but not yet saved to the filesystem. The preview parameter is the captured image.

Note: The corresponding handler is onImageCaptured.

See also imageSaved and preview.

imageMetadataAvailable(id, metaData)

This signal is emitted when the image with requested id has new metaData.

Note: The corresponding handler is onImageMetadataAvailable.

See also imageCaptured.

imageSaved(id, fileName)

This signal is emitted after the image with requested id has been written to the filesystem. The fileName is a local file path, not a URL.

Note: The corresponding handler is onImageSaved.

See also imageCaptured.

Method Documentation


Start image capture. The imageCaptured and imageSaved signals will be emitted when the capture is complete.

The captured image will be available through the preview property that can be used as the source for a QML Image item. The saveToFile() method can then be used save the image.

Camera saves all the capture parameters like exposure settings or image processing parameters, so changes to camera parameters after capture() is called do not affect previous capture requests.

capture() returns the capture requestId parameter, used with imageExposed(), imageCaptured(), imageMetadataAvailable() and imageSaved() signals.

See also readyForCapture and preview.


Does the same as capture() but additionally automatically saves the captured image to the specified location.

See also capture.


Saves the last captured image to location.

See also capture and preview.

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