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Use Front Camera

May 4, 2021 - 10:39pm #1



In Vuforia 7.2.23 & Unity 2018.2.12f1

We use ImageTarget via phone front camera.


Now, we want to upgrate version (vuforia and unity).

we fount that front-camera view support is deprecated in 8.1.7 version.

Also we fount the post that writing own driver to access the front camera.

Post: https://developer.vuforia.com/forum/general-discussion/use-front-camera-vuforia

But we don't have much time to write phone camera dirver.


We have some question:

1. What is you schedule In the future version, the front camera view will be back ?

2. Why the front camera is depercated in vuforia 8.1.7(newer)?

3. Besides writing driver, there is any way to use front camera in vuforia 9.x?




Use Front Camera

May 6, 2021 - 10:01am #2


According to the Vuforia Engine Release notes:


Removed API

• Front camera support has been removed. You can now only access the back camera (CameraDevice::init() now does not take any parameters).

So far there are no known plans for adding the support of this feature again in Vuforia in the next time.

Possible workaround as you already mentioned - could be find in the post and is still relevant at the current time:


-> you would need to write your own driver to access the frond facing camera.

Here is more info: https://library.vuforia.com/content/vuforia-library/en/articles/Solution/external-camera.html

We also provide a sample for usb cameras to connect to an android device: https://library.vuforia.com/content/vuforia-library/en/articles/Solution/uvc-camera-driver.html


It will be here helpful if you could provide more details about your specific application case and the business  prospects / and the problem which implies this lost of functionality.

Also helpful could be an information about the reason why supporting of the front camera is so important and what are the difficulties when you try to implement the workaround e.g. using the external camera

Thank you!

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