The Smartphone Film Scanner offers Lomographers and analog lovers a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. Simply turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use your phone's camera or the specially-developed App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share.
In an instant, you'll end up with a digital version of your film which can be archived, emailed, posted on social media sites or printed. It also offers unrivaled speed and convenience when compared to other film scanners.
The Smartphone Film Scanner has been developed by a team of experienced analog engineers to offer a quick and easy solution for scanning and sharing 35mm photos!
The scanner is designed with a direct light panel which illuminates your film; scanning each film is made as easy as capturing a photo on your phone. It scans at a quality perfectly capable for archiving, sharing and even printing!
The Smartphone Film Scanner is compatible with all iPhone models and selected Android Smartphones* too. We're currently working on a free integrated Lomoscanner App and both iPhone and Android versions of the App will be made available.
The Lomoscanner App will allow you to edit negative scans into positives, stitch together scans into seamless panoramas (perfect for photos taken with the Spinner 360° or Horizon cameras) and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera. What's more, you can share those photos with all your friends with just the click of a button.
The Smartphone Film Scanner is small and can easily be transported. Whilst back-lit photo scanners also exist for scanning negatives, these scanners are large and cumbersome. The Smartphone Film Scanner is small enough to fit in your bag or rucksack, allowing you to scan films away from home. It's 100% mobile and easy to use!
The Smartphone Film Scanner allows you to scan all different kinds of 35mm film imaginable. You can easily scan color negative, color slide and black & white films. It's also great for scanning those unconventional photo formats including longer panoramic shots (such as those taken with the Lomography Horizon and Spinner 360° cameras) and 35mm analog movies (such as those taken with the Lomography LomoKino).
Check out A Lomography Guide to Scanning to learn more about the art of scanning.
A selection of prints made from scans taken with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner:
"Used to be scanning in film required either a flatbed scanner with a special compartment inside or a standalone scanner - neither of which were particularly cheap. Soon you'll be able to do it with nothing but your phone and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner."
"We think this is a brilliant way of making film scanning more easily accessible. You only need your smartphone to be on your way to digitizing your childhood photos and other old memories captured before the days of digital cameras."
"Talk about bridging the old and new schools of thought, where analogue photographers and retro-enthusiasts are able to jump aboard the digital bandwagon without missing a beat."
"The fine folks over at Lomography are at it again, but this time, they're out for something more than just quirky. In fact, this may be useful for many more people than those obsessed with retrofied / distorted photography."
"Lomography aims to bring analog into the new age by acting as a film scanner that can easily hook-up with a smartphone, allowing users to scan, edit, and print 35mm film."
The Smartphone Film Scanner will work with all iPhone models. Moreover, we are confident that the Scanner will work with most smartphones which have the camera in the upper side/corner or in the top-center; these include phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note2. There are also some general rules that you can follow to see whether your phone is compatible.
The only cameras which we believe will have a problem with the Smartphone Film Scanner are those with a camera button on the side. This is because the Smartphone scanner uses clamps at the side of the phone to hold the phone in place. So your Smartphone should have a touch-screen camera rather than a button on the side.
We have also put together this list that we have tried the Smartphone Scanner with. You can download the list here. Please note, this list is not complete since we unfortunately have not had the chance to test every phone - so if you don’t see your phone on the list, don’t be put off! You can always drop us a line and we can help advise on whether your phone is compatible.
We first launched our LomoScanner App via the Kickstarter campaign for the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner. Currently on the LomoScanner App, you can edit negative scans into positives and share those photos with your friends!
We have been experiencing technical issues but thanks to lots of comments and support from the community, we are working on a brand new and improved version of the app which will be able to scan panoramic photos (such as photos taken with the Spinner 360° or Horizon cameras), 35mm analogue movies shot using the LomoKino camera as well as a range of films – all with perfect functionality!
In the meantime, please take a look at our guide to scanning photos using other apps with your smartphone.
If you have any suggestions, comments, and concerns please let us know. We are continuously developing the App until it is perfect, so we welcome your feedback.
Here is the step-by-step on how to scan regular 35mm photos
This step-by-step tutorial in the Lomography Online Magazine shows you how to effortlessly scan using your iPhone with Photoshop Express.
If you are looking for apps that allow you scan at the high quality using your iPhone, we have been recommended that the following work very well. They allow you to save images in TIFF format and export without losing much image resolution. Please note that these apps will not be able to invert negatives though; you’ll need to use another app for that (see below).
If you are scanning a negative, you’ll need to invert it. As well as Photoshop Express, there are a couple of apps which are specifically designed to invert photos.
If you are just scanning slides, these apps can help make your scan. Of course, you can also use the standard iPhone camera for this too.
Photo Editor for Android works very well for scanning your film at a quality suitable for sharing on social media. We also recommend Helmut, a great scanning app that has been specifically developed for Android Phone users.
See more details in these Lomography Online Magazine articles!
If you are scanning slides, these apps can help make your scan on Android. Of course, you can also use your standard phone camera for this too. Some of these may have an invert function too, some do not have this function; that’s why we recommend Photo Editor because it can also definitely invert too.
If you would rather edit your scans on computer, that’s also perfectly possible too. Editing, cropping and inverting your scans using Photoshop is quite a simple process. This guide explains how to do it.
Are you still quite unsure about scanning? Don’t worry, we have prepared a special site to address all your questions and needs about scanning. Visit The Lomography Guide To Scanning!