FilmLab: Negative Film Scanner 4+

Convert your film to digital

Develop and Fix, Inc.

    • 2.9 • 12 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



FilmLab is the best app for viewing and digitizing film negatives. FilmLab lets you view negatives as positives, capture scans to save and share, and convert high resolution images from scanners and digital cameras.

FIlmLab is actively developed by a small team that is passionate about film photography. We believe every film image is special, and we feel a responsibility to help you get the best possible results using the equipment you have available. With that goal in mind, we've invested years of research and development to create an app that does film scanning right.

FilmLab supports scanning color negatives, black and white negatives, and color positives (slides). It supports all film formats, including 35mm, medium format, and large format. It works with a wide variety of film scanning setups (including kits sold by Negative Supply, Valoi, pixl-latr, Lomography, and Kodak). FilmLab also supports importing scans in most image formats, including camera raw files.


When you install FilmLab, you'll get 12 scans per device for free. To get unlimited scanning, choose a monthly or annual subscription. If you choose to purchase a subscription, your payment will be charged to your Apple account. Subscriptions will automatically renew unless cancelled within 24 hours before the end of the current period. You can turn off auto-renewal at any time by going to your Account Settings in the App Store after purchase. If you cancel your subscription, you will continue to be able to view and edit all the images you scanned while your subscription was active.



What’s New

Version 2.5.3

Version 2.5.3 has two small fixes:
- Fix slowdown when pinch-zooming in crop mode
- Fix a typo on the welcome screen

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

timmscup ,

Wishing for more

I don’t know why, but I assumed this app had a light table functionally when used with an iPad. I was disappointed when I needed to find another method to turn an iPad into a light table.

At first, it’s magical. Seeing your negatives become positives by hovering your phone over them is pretty exciting, but it soon gets frustrating.

First, I really wish you could take multiple pictures of the negatives and the edit them later. This is my biggest complaint. Holding a negative flat on a light table with one hand and then positioning the phone AND tapping the shutter button with the other is tedious and cumbersome. Having to crop, edit, and save the image before moving to the next image slows down the process.

Second, the actual capturing of the image seems hit or miss. Sometimes the image seems over exposed or underexposed depending how you hold the phone. I also it sometimes have difficulty being able to capture an image and I’m stuck at the “hold still capturing image” progress bar. I wish this worked more like some document scanner apps that took several images at a time to provide a more accurate representation.

Hopefully this app gets better as I really want to like and use it more.

mec440 ,

Excellent app

Not sure why this app has poor reviews. I have tried the other negative scanning apps in the App Store and FilmLab works the best. It scans negatives with a clean and easy to use interface. It has just the right amount of tools and will save a Tiff file. It doesn’t have the intrusive magic filters or colorizing features that are always in your face. It’s a solid straightforward app.

GalaxyMaddie ,

Take your time:)

Please be a little patient and discover an amazing app!! It works great if you put your negative against a light source, you’ll be amazed!!!

Developer Response ,

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind words! We continue to work hard on making it even better.

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