Action - Take Picture

The action Take Picture takes a picture using the built-in camera app or directly in the background without showing a user interface/preview (Android 4+)


  • Take a picture once an hour and upload the image to Dropbox.
Recording Mode
Whether to use the camera app or to take the picture in the background without user interface (Android 4+).
Target File
The target file to save the picture. Variables are supported.
The camera to use to take the picture.
Picture Size
The resolution of the image.
The zoom ratio.
Scene Mode
The scene mode.
Flash Mode
Whether to use the flash or not.
White Balance
The white balance setting to use.
Focus Mode
The focus mode to use.
The effect to apply to the image. Not all effects work with all cameras. Often the effect is ignored for the front-facing camera.
Await preview images
Whether or not Automagic should await that the camera produces valid preview images before it takes the picture. Can be unchecked to take pictures faster or to workaround issues when the camera does not produce any preview images and thus runs into a timeout.
Delay to fix black picture
Whether or not and how long Automagic should delay taking the picture after the camera has been initialized by Android. On some devices a delay of about 2 seconds can prevent the camera from producing black pictures.
Add to gallery
Whether or not the image should be made available in the gallery app. Otherwise the picture will become available when the system scans the device for media files the next time.
A variable is a container for a value that can be used in many actions and conditions to dynamically define a part of a text.
See action Script for a description.

Supplied Variables
the target path of the picture