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Using the Windows Phone 7 camera in an XNA game

This came up in an AppHub forums post and it seemed to help the person out so I figured I’d post it here for posterity (and the fact that I haven’t posted here in ages 🙁 )

using System; 
using System.Collections.Generic; 
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework; 
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content; 
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics; 
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Input; 
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Input.Touch; 
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media; 
using Microsoft.Phone.Tasks; 
namespace Camera_Test 
    public class Game1 : Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Game 
        GraphicsDeviceManager graphics; 
        SpriteBatch spriteBatch; 
        bool _cameraError = false; 
        SpriteFont _font; 
        Vector2 _errorLocation; 
        Texture2D _texture; 
        Rectangle _rect; 
        public Game1() 
            graphics = new GraphicsDeviceManager(this); 
            Content.RootDirectory = "Content"; 
            TargetElapsedTime = TimeSpan.FromTicks(333333); 
            InactiveSleepTime = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1); 
            TouchPanel.EnabledGestures = GestureType.Tap; 
        protected override void LoadContent() 
            spriteBatch = new SpriteBatch(GraphicsDevice); 
            _font = Content.Load<SpriteFont>("font"); 
            _errorLocation = new Vector2(25, 25); 
        protected override void Update(GameTime gameTime) 
            GamePadState state = GamePad.GetState(PlayerIndex.One); 
            if (state.Buttons.Back == ButtonState.Pressed) 
            if (TouchPanel.IsGestureAvailable) 
                if (TouchPanel.ReadGesture().GestureType == GestureType.Tap) 
                    CameraCaptureTask cameraCaptureTask = new CameraCaptureTask(); 
                    cameraCaptureTask.Completed += new EventHandler<PhotoResult>(cameraCaptureTask_Completed); 
                    catch (InvalidOperationException ex) 
                        _cameraError = true; 
        void cameraCaptureTask_Completed(object sender, PhotoResult e) 
            if (e.TaskResult == TaskResult.OK) 
                _texture = Texture2D.FromStream(graphics.GraphicsDevice, e.ChosenPhoto); 
                _rect = new Rectangle(50, 50, _texture.Width, _texture.Height); 
        protected override void Draw(GameTime gameTime) 
            if(_texture != null) 
                spriteBatch.Draw(_texture, _rect, Color.White); 
            if (_cameraError) 
                spriteBatch.DrawString(_font, "Camera error", _errorLocation, Color.White); 


Tap the screen to allow a photo to be taken. That photo will be stuffed into a Texture2D object and rendered in the game.

Note: you’ll need to add a SpriteFont to the Content project called “font.spritefont”.

While the person that asked the question says this worked for him, I haven’t tested it. 🙂

Still Alive

No, I’m not playing Portal. Despite my (not quite) best efforts I managed to suck at keeping this updated.

Couple of things:

  • Dream Build Play is back. I WILL enter something this year!
  • Jeromy Walsh has an XNA 4.0 Workshop coming up. I’ll be there and it’ll be good!
  • I recently finished some side work that I’m hoping to be able to share soon.
  • There are a couple of XNA 4.0 game programming books on the horizon by friends that I have to pimp:

Professional Windows Phone 7 Game Development

Complete XNA Game Studio 4.0