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Smartphone film scanner transfers negatives to mobile

The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner uses a smartphone to scan 35mm film.

How can you one-up your lomography-filter-loving smartphone photographer friends? By using real film, of course. 

The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner lets smartphones of nearly all shapes and sizes capture clear photos of 35mm film. With your phone fit to the top of the device, you'll line up the camera to a viewfinder so it can snap photos of the back-illuminated film. The battery-powered device pairs with a free iOS or Android app that will automatically invert the film — allowing you to adjust the color and exposure before you capture the image. (Though an official Windows Phone 8 app is not currently available, an app like Photo Hub might be able to do the trick.)

Available through Photojojo for $59, the scanner works with color negatives or black & white film. It claims to handle slide film as well, though it doesn't look like it could easily accomodate the matted square slides of old as the device appears to work by advancing 35mm size film through the bottom. Individually scanned images can be combined to create panoramas or movies. The quality of the scanned images is limited to that of the smartphone sensor used to capture the photos.

Check out the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner in action:


Total comments: 16
By chandrasekaran (1 month ago)

There are several cheap film scanners like Wolvarine Etc for $70 t0 80$ - they have a 8 to 20 Mega Pixel camera mounted on a light box with film holders for 35mm film and mounted slides. There is a 2.5Inch LCD display and provision to adjust the exposure. Free standing - can save the image in the SD card or in a PC via USB. Fast and Easy. Check up with FRYS electronics - Burbank California or Costo/ Amazon etc.
Speed and easy operation is important. For scanning few frames you as well get it done in a LB for les then a $ per frame.

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By Digitall (10 months ago)


By Hibolta (10 months ago)

yes, an epson V-somethng scanner 2nd hand is way better, got mine for 50 bucks.

By Eddaweaver (10 months ago)

If everyone buys them second hand they'll stop making them ;) A second hand flatbed is likely to have dust or fingerprints on the glasstop.
Flatbed scanners won't manage the same resolution as a quality dedicated film scanner. The Epson V700 comes closest but the V600 is alot cheaper.

By RobG67 (10 months ago)

What about us old fossils that still shoot 120? No love for us at all. :)

(yeah, I know - 120 copied by a mobile phone camera really IS a waste of film...)

vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (10 months ago)

So, I should take the box of my negatives, take this whatever-it-is and my superslim mobile, and go out "scanning" my negatives, right? But why, if I got the box of negatives at home, my home computer with 27-inch screen is home as well and my real scanner...guess what? Purpose of this?

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andrew hc ng
By andrew hc ng (10 months ago)

Well I mean not everyone has a film scanner at home, but really wanna scan their films? And as nowadays like everyone has a smartphone, its pretty convenient, don't you think?

By Eddaweaver (10 months ago)

Convenient maybe but probably not very smart. It's very tricky to do a good job of directly photographing negatives with even a dSLR, and the sensors in mobiles are so much worse. Film degrades over time and to make any decent archival copy of their contents they need a decent film scanner, otherwise we're better off just scanning the print.

By EdVT (10 months ago)

$60- for a $6- toy that does not even scan!
there are so many better ways to do this.

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By fmian (10 months ago)

Technically, this is not a scanner, as there is no scan head passing over the film. It's a copier, and anyone can make one out of a shoebox.
Also, there are similar cheap devices already available that use a 5mp digital camera built in, and save directly to sd card.
This product is not to be taken seriously, just like most lomo products.

Nuno Souto
By Nuno Souto (10 months ago)

When will a decent scanner be made to replace Nikon's failed ones? Rather than waste time and resources with this trash!

By Eddaweaver (10 months ago)

The most similar is the Plustek Opticfilm 120 scanner. There are also the Flextight scanners if you're a millionaire.

By PeakAction (10 months ago)

I have one. It's a fun toy, but they got the orientation of the camera:film wrong. It needs to be rotated 90-degrees; as it is, the film is presented horizontally to a vertically-mounted camera.

By thinkfat (10 months ago)

This is probably the worst way to digitize film. I just cringe by the tought of completely destroying all advantages of film by photographing it with a low quality camera and doing a botch job on the colors afterwards. But hey, it's for Lomo. I bet the hipsters will love it.

By groucher (10 months ago)

And it costs nearly as much as Epson's excellent V330 scanner.

By fuego6 (10 months ago)


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