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I use the following code to capture an image from PiCamera:

from picamera import PiCamera
from time import sleep

camera = PiCamera()
camera.start_preview()
sleep(5)
camera.capture('/home/pi/Desktop/image.jpg')
camera.stop_preview()

When I run the code, an image file is created on desktop but its size is 0KB. What am I doing wrong?

  • Your code works on my Pi3. What does 'ls ~/Desktop/image.jpg -l' show ? – CoderMike Oct 22 '17 at 10:44
  • Are you able to capture images successfully using the raspistill command? – larsks Oct 22 '17 at 11:52
  • Yes everything is OK with raspistill for capture the image. But with python code the file has no information.(0Byte) – Bab Oct 23 '17 at 6:39
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You haven't created an object for the captured information to go to. Generally speaking, I think it's easier for beginners to learn the file method (as opposed to streams). The code below is an example taken from readthedocs.io, and should help you get started.

from time import sleep from picamera import PiCamera

# Explicitly open a new file called my_image.jpg
my_file = open('my_image.jpg', 'wb')

camera = PiCamera()
camera.start_preview()
sleep(2)
camera.capture(my_file)

# At this point my_file.flush() has been called, but the file has
# not yet been closed
my_file.close()
  • I cpied the following code in my Cam0.py : / from time import sleep from picamera import PiCamera# Explicitly open a new file called my_image.jpg my_file = open('my_image.jpg', 'wb') camera = PiCamera() camera.start_preview() sleep(2) camera.capture(my_file) # At this point my_file.flush() has been called, but the file has # not yet been closed my_file.close() / after run the file is empty (Image file '/home/pi/Desktop/Babak/my_image.jpg' contains no data) !!! – Bab Oct 24 '17 at 17:16

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