How to get single preview frame in Camera2 API Android 5.0?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I’m trying to get a preview frame for QR code scanning functionality using Camera2 API. In old Camera API it’s as easy as:

    android.hardware.Camera mCamera;
    mCamera.setPreviewCallback(new Camera.PreviewCallback() {
        public void onPreviewFrame(byte[] data, Camera camera) {
            // will be invoked for every preview frame in addition to displaying them on the screen             

However, I can’t find a way to achieve that using new Camera2 API. I’d like to receive multiple frames that I can work on – the best would be to receive byte array as in old API. Any ideas how to do that?

How to solve:

A little late but better than never:

Usually a TextureView is used to display the preview of the camera. You can use TextureView.SurfaceTextureListener to get a callback every time the surface changes. TextureView does provide a method getBitmap(Bitmap) which you can use to get the preview frame in the same size as the TextureView.

You can use this Google sample as starting point. Simply update the surfaceTextureListener like shown here:

private val surfaceTextureListener = object : TextureView.SurfaceTextureListener {

    override fun onSurfaceTextureAvailable(texture: SurfaceTexture, width: Int, height: Int) {
        openCamera(width, height)

    override fun onSurfaceTextureSizeChanged(texture: SurfaceTexture, width: Int, height: Int) {
        configureTransform(width, height)

    override fun onSurfaceTextureDestroyed(texture: SurfaceTexture) = true

    override fun onSurfaceTextureUpdated(texture: SurfaceTexture) {
        // Start changes
        // Get the bitmap
        val frame = Bitmap.createBitmap(textureView.width, textureView.height, Bitmap.Config.ARGB_8888)

        // Do whatever you like with the frame
        // End changes



Use Below code to do so.

 CameraManager manager = (CameraManager) context.getSystemService(Context.CAMERA_SERVICE);
        try {
            CameraCharacteristics characteristics = manager.getCameraCharacteristics(cameraDevice.getId());
            Size[] jpegSizes = null;
            if (characteristics != null) {
                jpegSizes = characteristics.get(CameraCharacteristics.SCALER_STREAM_CONFIGURATION_MAP).getOutputSizes(ImageFormat.JPEG);
            int width = 480;//480x320
            int height = 320;
            if (jpegSizes != null && 0 < jpegSizes.length) {
                width = jpegSizes[0].getWidth();
                height = jpegSizes[0].getHeight();
            ImageReader reader = ImageReader.newInstance(width, height, ImageFormat.JPEG, 1);
            List<Surface> outputSurfaces = new ArrayList<Surface>(2);
            outputSurfaces.add(new Surface(textureView.getSurfaceTexture()));
            final CaptureRequest.Builder captureBuilder = cameraDevice.createCaptureRequest(CameraDevice.TEMPLATE_STILL_CAPTURE);
            captureBuilder.set(CaptureRequest.CONTROL_MODE, CameraMetadata.CONTROL_MODE_AUTO);
            // Orientation
            int rotation = ((Activity) context).getWindowManager().getDefaultDisplay().getRotation();
            captureBuilder.set(CaptureRequest.JPEG_ORIENTATION, ORIENTATIONS.get(rotation));
            final File file = getFileDir();
            ImageReader.OnImageAvailableListener readerListener = new ImageReader.OnImageAvailableListener() {
                public void onImageAvailable(ImageReader reader) {
                    Image image = null;
                    try {
                        image = reader.acquireLatestImage();
                        ByteBuffer buffer = image.getPlanes()[0].getBuffer();
                        byte[] bytes = new byte[buffer.capacity()];
                    } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
                    } catch (IOException e) {
                    } finally {
                        if (image != null) {

                private void save(byte[] bytes) throws IOException {
                    OutputStream output = null;
                    try {
                        output = new FileOutputStream(file);
                    } finally {
                        if (null != output) {
            reader.setOnImageAvailableListener(readerListener, mBackgroundHandler);
        } catch (CameraAccessException e) {

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