Does iPhone Support Camera and Recording of Video?

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This tip is from Chapter 9 – Camera, Mapkit and Core Location and shows how to make a quick check on the status/availability of the camera on device.

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Is the Camera Available and Ready?

Not all devices support the same source media capabilities, for example, there is no currently no camera on the iPod touch. In addition, even if a device does support a specific media source, that source could be busy – for example, the camera on an iPhone may be in use.

This short snippet of code demonstrates how to check if a device has a camera and/or if the camera is available:

if ([UIImagePickerController isSourceTypeAvailable:UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypeCamera] == YES)
  NSLog(@"Camera is available and ready");
else
  NSLog(@"Camera is not available");

Note that when using the Simulator within Xcode, this call will return NO, as there is no camera available.

Does iPhone Support Recording Video?

The only iPhone to support video recording is the 3GS. There are two checks required before you can use the technology in your application. First, check to see if a camera is available, and second, verify the media types available on the device includes movies.

if ([UIImagePickerController isSourceTypeAvailable:UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypeCamera] == YES)
  NSLog(@"Camera is available and ready");
else
  NSLog(@"Camera is not available");
 
NSArray *media = [UIImagePickerController
     availableMediaTypesForSourceType: UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypeCamera];
 
if ([media containsObject:@"public.movie"] == YES)
  NSLog(@"Video recording available");
else 
  NSLog(@"Video recording is not available");
  1. You shouldn’t use @”public.movie”. Compare instead to kUTTypeMovie. This is a macro that is defined as @”public.movie” currently, but if Apple changes the internal string later on, @”public.movie” will break. kUTTypeMovie will always work.

  2. will this above mentioned code snippet work for new iPod 4?

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