Hanping Chinese Camera OCR

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About this app

Save time doing dictionary lookups with Chinese OCR! Simply point your camera at some Chinese text to get all the English definitions. No need to even touch the screen!

This app is compatible with our Mandarin and Cantonese dictionary apps.

If you're not satisfied, for any reason, within 30 days you get a full refund, period, no questions asked. We don't want your money if you're not amazingly happy.

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: this app gives the dictionary definitions of Chinese words in the text, not whole sentence translations (although there is a button to quickly show the text in Google Translate popup). Therefore, this app is suited to those who are studying Chinese rather than those who are looking for a language-survival tool.

PLEASE READ THIS ALSO: when first using this app, it's tempting to try it out by pointing the camera at Chinese text on a computer screen. However, this is NOT supported because the Moire effect means the image is distorted in a way that cannot be used by the recognition engine. So please point the camera at Chinese text in the real world (e.g. in books) or load images (such as screenshots captured by the device).


★ Scans live camera preview as well as still images (such as photos and screenshots)
★ Works entirely offline!
Simplified and Traditional characters
Pinyin and Zhuyin (Bopomofo) pronunciation
Horizontal & vertical text
★ Optimized for pages of regular text (such as in a book)
★ Seamlessly integrates with Hanping Chinese Dictionary (which is free), with Hanping Chinese Dictionary Pro and Hanping Cantonese Dictionary (paid app)
★ Quick Settings Tile to toggle on/off
★ Shows HSK level and any custom tags

Please report any bugs or suggestions to us via e-mail.

Permissions are explained in our website FAQ: https://hanpingchinese.com/faq/#permissions-camera
Updated on
Mar 17, 2024

Data safety

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This app may collect these data types
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
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Ratings and reviews

363 reviews
A Google user
October 28, 2019
This is a must have app for learning Chinese with intermediate fluency. I take a picture of the Chinese characters I want to learn throughout the day, then at night I use this app to figure out the meaning and pronunciation, then I practice reading and writing. It's so much faster than using a dictionary to look up the characters! After using the app a while I know which fonts and styles it supports and so I take pictures that it will recognize. No bubble letters, unusual fonts, handwriting.
42 people found this review helpful
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A Google user
May 17, 2019
it could be me not knowing how to use this properly, but it recognizes some characters sometimes.what is funny, is it not picking up simple ones like 人, but will snag 您 with many strokes. i wish i could show a picture to illustrate. but, even for the inaccuracy, i can see something like this being a life saver abroad. you'll see what words it thinks it is, so its not as though it's spitting back sentences with no context. it will never confuse you more than help.
29 people found this review helpful
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September 10, 2019
Hi and thank you for your review. Please send us screenshots of problematic images, and we'll do our best to advise what the issue is.
Nicholas S
February 5, 2021
Tested a few similar apps before deciding on this one. Works pretty well on standard fonts as long once you get the hang of the optimal zoom level. I also own the Popup app for >2 years and it has been a great app.
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February 6, 2021
Hi Nicholas, thanks very much for updating your review. Kind regards, Mark

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