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- Translate any printed text instantly by taking a photo with iPhone camera. Works great with foreign newspapers, booklets, menus, even product manuals.

- New version supports camera input from Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and more.

- Save on roaming bill. Babelshot does not send your camera photos over cellular network.

- Top Pick by O'Reilly Media as "Best App for Translating Printed Text." (Nov 13, 2009)


Camera translation requires taking a photo of printed text in good focus and reasonable lighting. Some materials cannot be translated, for example handwritten text, artistic fonts, text on busy background, etc.

Supported languages in all modes, including camera (OCR) input:
Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Additional languages are supported for keyboard input only:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Croatian, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Galician, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Icelandic, Irish, Kannada, Latin, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Persian, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Welsh, Yiddish.

Please email us at babelshot@codiumlabs.com if you have any questions.

What’s New

Version 1.7

- Bug fixes
- Improved recognition accuracy
- Faster recognition
- 64-bit build

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

quedecree ,

Works perfectly providing text is clear

I was trying to translate the text in a photo from the internet. Photographing the screen resulted in very inaccurate text. Printing out the page in black and white and taking a photograph of that resulted in every word in a long paragraph being recognized perfectly. Once you have taken a photograph, you get a 'verify text' screen so you can easily see if it has clearly recognized what you've taken. Providing your photo is clear, it's a winner. Mind you, syntax in other languages doesn't always make perfect sense - but enough to know what you're reading.

Worked for me.

MattZG ,


If you take a good shot, I am using a 3GS, the OCR is excellent. I gather it uses a web translation service, so the translations are going to be choppy, but you can usually get the gist of what the text says.

Did I say the OCR is good? I have taken several shots of english text, and the OCR has been spot on every time.

WilliamV001 ,


This app is completely useless and does not do what it is claimed to do. The app does not properly recognise Japanese text even though the description on the App Store claims that it does. I used this app for about a week while in Japan and it failed to properly recognise Japanese text on all but one occasion. When a photo of Japanese text is used, random symbols are displayed which are not even Japanese and consequently a meaningless translation to English, if any at all. This is despite following the guidelines on ensuring good focus, lighting etc. It has so many errors that it is impossible to correct using the manual keyboard entry method.


Codium Labs LLC
69 MB

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Codium Labs LLC


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