Lomography Smartphone Scanner: Review & giveaway

September 20th 2013

Lomo smartphone film scanner

Lomography got in touch to offer me a review product, which I could then give away to one of you lovely readers. Rather than pick a camera I was rather more intrigued by their Smartphone Film Scanner

Lomo smartphone film scanner
Lomo smartphone film scanner

This nifty gadget lets you scan 35mm films directly into your phone just using the phone’s camera, so they’re ready to share immediately. The adaptable device works with any iPhone and most Android phones, and you can scan regular 35mm, panoramic, or Lomokino films.

Lomo smartphone film scanner

It’s extremely easy to use. Just feed the film into the bottom and load your phone onto the clamp at the top. Turn the dial to advance the film, snap, and repeat. There’s something quite magical about being able to view your photos this way and ‘release’ them from the negatives so quickly. It works particularly well with iOS7’s super new camera improvements.

These were taken straight off my phone with no editing:

You can also take the photos with a digital camera instead of the smartphone, for a higher res scan. These were taken with my camera through the device, again with no editing:

Lomo smartphone film scanner
Lomo smartphone film scanner
Lomo smartphone film scanner

Competition now closed, thanks to all who entered and to Lomography for the prize

If you missed out, you can buy the scanner here!

Comments (42)

  • catherine

    September 20th 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I took my Diana to New York and my favourite photo, of my boyfriend in Central Park, gives me hearts in my eyes everytime I look at it. We just look so much younger in all the photos!

    1. Katie

      September 20th 2013 at 4:58 pm

      aww, I look back of pics of Josh and I from our first holiday to Barcelona and we look SO young!

  • skye

    September 20th 2013 at 3:38 pm

    wow, this looks so much smoother than i imagined it to be! really lovely snaps too :)

    my fave photo is from my diana mini on my last night out at uni- the camera was being passed around & we were all pulling stupid faces. two half frame shots were taken first of my boyfriend, and then of me; the split isn’t perfect and the lighting is pretty bad, but the looks on our faces are amazing and i love the way they merged together! xx

    1. Katie

      September 20th 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Ah, I love a happy half-frame match!

  • Jo

    September 20th 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I’d LOVE to win!
    I took photo’s with my dianaF+ on my weddingday during our photoshoot. The camera was used as a prop for photos, but I shot a few of my husband. The wedding was not long ago and the film is still unprocessed and in my camera, so my favorite photo is still in there!

    1. Katie

      September 20th 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Good luck! I love the thrill of finding out what an undeveloped film holds.

  • Katie Antoniou

    September 20th 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Ooh, I’ve been after one of these! My fave shots I’ve taken are these black and white ones (end of post) from LFW last year, and this lomokino film I took at Gifford’s Circus http://londonplinth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/giffords-circus-my-first-lomokino-film.html Fingers crossed!x

    1. Katie

      September 20th 2013 at 4:59 pm

      I’d love to run a Kino film through this, it animates it for you too. Your circus video is perfect Kino fodder!

  • Katie Antoniou

    September 20th 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Oops- my first link didn’t work! these are the black and white Diana F shots from LFW http://londonplinth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/inbar-spector-aw-2012.html (end of the post)

  • Mc

    September 20th 2013 at 6:21 pm

    A whole roll of Holga 120mm in Indonesia… magical!

  • Cathy

    September 20th 2013 at 9:26 pm

    What an AMAZING thing, this has blown my mind! I’ve recently been going through all our family photographs and trying to psych myself up for scanning all my analogue photos in and wondering what to do about the negatives…problem solved with this! Wow.

  • Lauren aroundtheworldin80bakes.com

    September 20th 2013 at 10:32 pm

    What a wonderful idea! It would be awesome to get out all my old negatives and scan them in! Your photos look brilliant

  • Joanne

    September 21st 2013 at 12:15 am

    This is so cool, the films look awesome!

    My favourite analogues were a series of photos taken at an end-of-year ball a couple of years ago at university. Whilst I was off on the dancefloor my friends were playing the ‘expressions game’ – the person taking the photo shouts out a scenario and takes a photo of the other guys’ response. Examples include ‘just been arrested’, ‘won the lottery’, ‘got food poisoning’. I had no idea they were doing this with my camera so it made for great viewing when I got the photos back and had to request an explanation from my friends!

  • Diane

    September 21st 2013 at 2:51 am

    This is such a nifty idea, and would definitely motivate me to shoot on film more! I think my favourite analogue photos are the ones I took on my Diana F+ in Iceland. You can’t really go wrong with moody photographs of icebergs!

  • Britt

    September 21st 2013 at 6:59 am

    Hey Katie,
    Just wondering: is this giveaway open to international readers, or is it UK only? Because I’d love to enter, but I’m in Australia.

    1. Katie

      September 21st 2013 at 9:44 am

      Yes international is fine. I’ll edit the post to clarify

  • Robyn

    September 21st 2013 at 10:14 am

    The best camera I ever owned came to me via a childhood birthday present. It was in the shape of a penguin who had dawned a yellow and red striped hat (naturally). In my excitement I took some terrible/memorable snaps of my mum in a darkened cafe, my barbie having a bath in a jam jar and my all time favourite my disgruntled upstairs neighbour cutting the grass.

  • Chelsea Chadwick

    September 21st 2013 at 12:29 pm

    One of my favourite photos has to be of my little boy, about seven months old. I was getting him ready for bed and was pulling his tshirt off when the phone rang. Really absent-mindedly, I grabbed the phone, and when I looked back at my boy his tshirt was arranged like a little towel turban which was just sooo funny! :)

  • Ignacio

    September 21st 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I love this thing! My favorite photo is the first I took with my dad’s old Pentax K1000 after thought it was broken for years… What a wonderful feeling! it was in Barcelona, my hometown.
    Nice website, keep going!

  • Janine Bowers Wild

    September 21st 2013 at 8:48 pm

    My favourite camera was bought in 1982 when I was 7, from a local chemist for 99p – I took countless pictures of donkeys and grey skies on our family holiday to Skegness that summer. The photographs were square and I still hope to find the camera when I look through old boxes of junk in the loft. The photos and negatives are around too; lovely memories.

  • Caroline Lewis

    September 21st 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I spent a year running around Europe with a Holga and a lomo Fisheye – I’d love to win so I can get those memories out from the boxes they’re stashed in.

  • Adorngirl

    September 22nd 2013 at 12:12 am

    such an original gadget not come across something like this before

    I took a couple of lomographic pics at fashion week that didn’t come out great but practice makes perfect

  • Seanín

    September 22nd 2013 at 12:45 am

    Me and my dad on the beach on our first family holiday abroad!

  • Sammie

    September 22nd 2013 at 3:16 pm

    This looks such a fun little gadget.

  • Ffion Hughes

    September 22nd 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I love my lomo camera, but I really don’t use it enough! Last year my boyfriend and I went to Barcelona and I took so many pictures, such a picturesque place!

  • Jess

    September 23rd 2013 at 10:37 am

    Oo this looks very nifty indeed! I took some nice actionsampler pics on a recent holiday with friends – made people do jumps/waving arms for just about every photo so the four shots would be different. Always good fun. I shall retweet too…

  • Tsingtao

    September 23rd 2013 at 11:28 am


  • Kat

    September 23rd 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Ah this scanner looks SO good! What an ace idea!

    One of my favourite photos is from Paris last year on my work Christmas trip.. there was a big ferris wheel, and I swear it was a fluke really, but I’m left with the most amazing photo of the ferris wheel thanks to a lovely Diana+

    (see the photo here http://www.flickr.com/photos/katskii/8202124457/)

  • Toni

    September 23rd 2013 at 8:32 pm

    My favourite analogue photo is of the striped deckchairs in Brighton, taken with my trusty La Sardina beach edition. It isn’t just that I like the photo, but I made the trip to Brighton as a farewell weekend with my sister who was moving to another country, so it reminds me of family, holidays and sunshine! The magic of analogue!

  • Zoe G

    September 24th 2013 at 2:08 am

    This is so exciting!
    My favorite analogue photo is from way back in the day during my first trip to Florida. The sun and the melting ice cream make it look so cute!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  • Laura Feltham

    September 24th 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I took a plastic “toy camera” with me to Berlin last year (I had bought it in a Charity shop for 99p) and got some beautiful photos! Such a pleasant surprise!

  • devi

    September 25th 2013 at 3:33 am

    One of my favorites would have to be family in Chicago… years ago! What a great giveaway…would love to scan some of my negatives in and try it!

  • Chrissy

    September 25th 2013 at 10:26 am

    Fave analogue pics have to be taken on an old rollei 120 film in a snowy Canada, followed by hours developing them, trying to get the snow to look just right… friends, snow, sledging, perfect

  • sarah-kate

    September 26th 2013 at 6:09 am

    My favourite analogue photo was taken last summer on probably the warmest day that i remember. My best friend was leaving to go back to germany the next day so we packed a picnic, drove an hour north and sat at a lighthouse overlooking the sea for the entire day. My favourite photo is of her using two carrot sticks to pretend she was a walrus and laughing her head off. It’s the perfect memory of a perfect day. I wish i had have had this scanner to scan it!

  • stella

    September 26th 2013 at 9:45 am

    Greatest idea ever!

    the most fun I had was taking out my diana with a redscale film in, I don’t know whether it was because it was a very foggy day, or the light leaks from the camera, but the photos looked like an acid trip.

    have a nice day! :)

  • Cecilia Arregui

    September 27th 2013 at 1:30 am

    My favourite analogue photo is one of my brother playing soccer when he was so much younger.

  • Chloe B

    September 30th 2013 at 9:35 am

    This looks great, I’d love to have a play with it. My favourite photo was taken was a few years back in Japan using my Holga. A happy accident of about five exposures on top of each other. http://www.flickr.com/photos/clo_101/3678839171/ – Memories of a great holiday :)

  • Amy Walker

    October 1st 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I’d love to win this, I have 2 undeveloped films from my Diana+ that I took about 4 years ago on my first camping trip to Wales – fingers crossed!

  • Rhiannon

    October 3rd 2013 at 1:42 pm

    my favourite photo is of a carousel at the christmas markets a few years ago, got the perfect photo and it was a bit of a fluke! would love to win this.

  • Shari

    October 4th 2013 at 12:46 am

    I moved to London 9 months ago, from Canada and found your blog. Your many pictures have inspired me to explore more with my analogue camera and my canon slr. I have captured so many memories and design ideas with these pictures. Over the years, I have done a lot of darkroom work. I have many 35mm negatives which I have been wanting to make them digital. This would be such an amazing gift for my dad since I share so many print photos with him via post. This would make my negatives reach him faster and warm his heart. Thank you for this opportunity.
    You can find my photos on Instagram

  • schugger

    October 4th 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for the review of this gadget!
    My favourite pic is from this summer – showing palms & perfect sunshine…:-)

  • gordon

    October 16th 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Those videos make it look like a lot of fun.

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