FilmLab, for analog flilm

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About this app

FilmLab makes it easy to view and digitize film negatives. All you need is your film, your Android device, and a light table or other back light. Whether you're an active film photographer who wants to share your latest roll of film on social media, or a family archivist with a box of old negatives to look through, we hope FilmLab will make your workflow easier and more fun.

FilmLab's camera makes it easy to inspect negatives, with a live preview showing what they'll look like as positives. If you want to save or share an image, tap the capture button. FilmLab uses custom image processing to seamless combine multiple photos from your device's camera for maximum detail.

After capture, you can keep an entire proof sheet, or crop down to a single frame. FilmLab includes modes for color negative, black and white negative, and color positive. It also provides tools for rotating and flipping the image, and adjusting exposure and color balance. FilmLab's negative-to-positive conversion is much more than a simple inversion. It uses custom algorithms to emulate the chemical processes used in darkrooms, and produce accurate colors and tones.

Once you're happy with your proof sheet or image, you can save it to your Gallery, and from there share on social media or do further editing using any photo editing app you have installed.

Each film image is unique and special. That piece of film was in a specific place at a specific moment in time, and it captured the light as a permanent image using nothing but science and chemistry. Viewing these images always fills us with wonder and puts a smile on our faces. We hope FilmLab gives you the same kind of experience.
Updated on
Apr 17, 2020

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161 reviews
A Google user
January 10, 2020
I'm using this on an S10 and through multiple android updates, I have the same issue. This works great as a loupe for me since live preview works great! The app quickly turns to mud when trying to actually capture the negatives. It will not focus closer than 6 inches away and when I press the capture button I get severely reduced contrast capture. In B&W, it can be poorly saved with the contrast slider. For color negatives, not only does the contrast get flattened, it badly color casts.
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Austin Shaffer
October 9, 2022
Unusable. I originally purchased this on a Pixel 2, I believe, re-attempted the app on Pixel 4, then on Pixel 6 Pro. It's been garbage since the beginning. The preview image isn't promising of end results as the "positive" color is completely warped and so low resolution there's no way to tell if it's in focus. It also doesn't seem to be capturing images since it crashes 4 out of 5 attempts. The other 1 out of 5 doesn't seem to capture anything. The app freezes for a moment then unfreezes.
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Дмитрий Шигапов
May 23, 2022
The best color reproduction. But the cropping is very inconvenient. It would be much better if the app could do it automatically or at least had a magnifier at the corners of a scan. I didn't find simple "save" button, just "share" through side apps. And it would be very handful to shoot with the tele camera. Resolution with digital zoom is very low.
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What's new

- Fixes an issue where exposure could be severely off when capturing film surrounded by a black mask
- Fixes bugs that could cause crashes on some devices