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Babelshot: Translate Instantly Using Phone Camera

By Codium Labs LLC

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


- 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 if you have any questions.

What's New in Version 1.7

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

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Customer Reviews

Non functional

I bought this app to assist in playing Japanese video games. Thankfully I know enough to get by, because this app cannot recognize a single word of Japanese without huge errors and turning a word into a wall of incomprehensible jibberish. Waste of money. Save your time and money and find another app...

Doesn’t work in Japan

It’s an expensive app, but would have been worth it had it worked. First time in Tokyo and I thought it would be worth translating packages and appliance labels. It hasn’t worked once. May be better for other languages / alphabets. Gave them an extra star for trying, but this was sadly a total waste.


I love this app because is very good.

Babelshot: Translate Instantly Using Phone Camera
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  • $5.99
  • Category: Travel
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 69.0 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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