Introducing Google PhotoScan

“Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future.” I think you’re gonna dig this (available now on Android & iOS). 🙂

Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation.

PhotoScan stitches multiple images together to remove glare and improve the quality of your scans.

Check it out:

So, how does it work? Let’s hear right from the team:

Enjoy, and as always please let us know what you think!


[YouTube 1 & 2]

7 thoughts on “Introducing Google PhotoScan

  1. Very nice.

    I took a few scans using my iPhone 6 Plus, and it was ok.

    Nowhere do I see options for raising/lowering the resolution, or anything that would enable a high quality scan.

    Am I missing something? Or is that something planed for a future version?

  2. PhotoScan is a winner! Did about 20 tests last night. Most needed a bit of darkening but they looked great and so easy and Fast! Emailed the article to about 20 friends who might just want to digitize a slew of family photos over the holidays. Thanks John and Google.

  3. Great app! Happy days for our family!

    Worked thru 100 prints and results are great. Higher resolution and to be able to somehow save the date (when saving to Google Photos) for chronological sorting would make this app even better. Struggles with cropping on maybe 5% but re-crop tool is just fine so it’s ok.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. As for applying dates, note that you can go to, select multiple images (shift-click), and then use the overflow menu (upper right) to bring up the date editor. HTH.

  4. I’m gonna second the “It’s okay.” sentiment. Really fun proof-of-concept, but the quality is severely lacking – not only the resolution issue, but also the blurriness and JPEG artifacting make the results really unattractive. (Kinda reminds me of the first rounds of Instagram limiting you to 216×216 pixel images.)

    Should I wait around for the improvements in the algorithm and processing? Or is this getting abandoned in a couple months like any of Google’s other “proof-of-concept” ideas?

  5. Here’s something I tried today and I thought PhotoScan did a good job.

    Often, if you photograph a painting or even a sculpture in a glass case in a museum you get an unavoidable glare with the picture. Today I went to the Detroit Institute of Arts and used PhotoScan to capture some images. I think it worked well with the glare removal. Give it a try and see what you think. Unintended positive consequences are good things.

    Other than that, it is a nice app. An option for higher resolution will be appreciated.

    Keep up the good work.

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