People love pictures, right? That is why the camera was initially just launched as an addition to the mobile phones but now it is an indispensable part of the device. Now, cameras have become so important that many camera focussed phones are being introduced and they are selling like hot cakes. The huge storage helps us to save the numerous pictures that we click so often and keep with us digitally. But what about the old pictures that we have from our childhood or the family picture clicked a couple of years back of which you only have a hard copy? Google PhotoScan is your answer to that.
What is Google PhotoScan?
Google PhotoScan lets you save old photos on your smartphone. It uses your phone’s camera to do so. Now you must be wondering why on earth would you need an app to click pictures from your phone’s camera. You must be thinking that that stock camera app would do the job just fine, right?
Features of Google PhotoScan
Well, that is not the case. If you have ever tried to save a photo on your phone by taking a picture of a film, then you must be aware of the fact that it is not so great. The image is blurry and at times there appears a huge glare. Google PhotoScan takes care of all these problems.
It has been tweaked in such a way as to remove all the glitches that we mentioned above. As a result, the image that you get is a much more refined image than that clicked with the stock camera.
It will also eliminate any borders that are present in the image. Google claims that the app will work flawlessly for pictures that are inside frames or albums too.
How does Google PhotoScan do that?
Are you also interested in learning about how does Google PhotoScan do the job? Let’s find out.
The app asks you to scan the picture. For scanning, you will have to align the picture with the circle in the center of the screen. Next, you will see that four dots appear near the edges of the screen. Then, the app takes multiple images of the picture in focus. What happens next is that the merges all the images that it took while scanning and produce one flawless digital copy of the same.
The secret of no glare is that the multiple pictures clicked during scanning. When you click with your stock camera app or any other app, it only clicks one picture from one angle. Multiple images from multiple angles mean a glare free merged image.
This is how the resultant image is glare-free. Initially, you might have some trouble in saving Polaroids. It is probably because of the smaller size. But no issues, the app has just launched. These small things will probably be taken care of in the upcoming updates.
Google PhotoScan obviously works with Google Photos. This is no surprise because both the apps are ‘Made by Google.’ PhotoScan can automatically upload the pictures that you save to Google’s cloud. Google Photos can identify the content which will be uploaded from Google PhotoScan.
According to Google, it also has the ability to recognise your friends! If you have been using Google Photos and have tagged your buddies in the previous images, then they might be recognised in the images uploaded via Google PhotoScan (even if the images are from your younger days).
Google has not revealed its plan for the future of PhotoScan. Currently, Google PhotoScan is only focussing on the glare aspect of the images. But David Lieb, Product Head – Google Photos, hinted at the possibility of working on colours as well in the future.