Google PhotoScan – an app for scanning old photos with your smartphone
Google has launched a new app called PhotoScan which, as the name suggests, lets you scan old photographs using your smartphone and turn them into high-resolution glare-free digital images.
PhotoScan is a standalone app and uses your mobile device’s camera to create enhanced digital scans of photographs. It works by taking multiple images of the photo from four different positions then processes them into a single high-resolution image. Although the process doesn’t sound new as some Android smartphone has this in-camera feature for producing high-resolution images, PhotoScan applies automatic edge detection, perspective correction, glare removal, as well as smart rotation.
We have tried the app and so far it’s easy to use and works well, although we suggest doing the scan in a well-lit room. After the scan, you can edit it with your favorite photo editing app.