What are the best camera translator apps?

Today's smartphone cameras are not just for taking photos and recording videos. These gadgets are also capable of translating foreign texts so you can understand what they say. Check out these cool camera translator apps that let you break the language barrier.

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    #1Microsoft Translator

    Microsoft Translator
    Microsoft Translator is a free translation application that supports over sixty languages for online and offline use. The app for iOS and Android can be used for translating text, voice, conversations, camera photos and screenshots.

    Android, iOS


    Israel Osorio
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "I'm usually not a big fan of Microsoft apps. Most of them tend to be too slow and sluggish. However Microsoft translator has proven to be an indispensable tool that I can't live without. It works well and it's precise"
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    iTranslate is the leading translation and dictionary app. Easily translate text, websites, or start voice-to-voice conversations in over 100 languages. The app also offers translations offline or by placing a camera on the foreign language.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ajay Bhatnagar
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "This is a pretty solid app and truth be told, I'd keep it around. While it's by no means perfect, no translation app really is. So with that in mind, it deserves a place on your phone."
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    #3Camera Translator All 2017

    Camera Translator All 2017

    This app is a fast way to translate he text of any picture you have in your camera roll! This app has three modes, picking an image from the gallery, taking a picture from your camera and the direct translator. 




    Steven Jones
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This app would be good, however it seems to have a great deal of trouble actually recognizing text in photographs to translate. If this could be stabilized and fixed, it may be more useful. "


The oldest surviving photograph that was ever taken is almost 200 years old? In the mid-1820s, a French inventor named Nicephore Niepce used a camera obscura on a pewter plate. It had a thin coat of Bitumen (Syrian asphalt). He used it to capture the image of the view of the field outside his estate Le Gras in Bourgogne, France. Niepce wrote about his successful heliographic image that he had captured. He then sent it to the Royal Society of London. It did not specify how he created the photograph though. The Royal Society did not credit Niepce because of this. His colleague, Louis Daguerre improved upon the process. Deguerre then and got recognized by the Society instead. Francis Bauer insisted that Niepce's process was the first to capture an image. This was a notion that the Royal Society accepted in 1839. Niepce's photograph got lost in 1905 but re-appeared in 1952. The plate was already disfigured and had three lumps that distort the image.

The 20th century saw the evolution of cameras. This was especially true with the invention of the Brownie. It's a small, portable, and inexpensive box camera made for practical use by the common folk. Photography only became affordable when came portable twin-lens reflex and single-lens reflex cameras. Many of these use 35mm film that can be developed into large, printable pictures. In 1945, Polaroid made cameras capable of printing images as soon as they are taken, great for events that need instant pictures. Today, cameras use cases are not limited to photography anymore. Cameras translators or photo translators are a thing now. Translator apps that leverage the power of camera are becoming popular with travelers.

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    Papago is a translator app developed by Naver Corp that supports 11 languages such as Spanish, French, Vietnamese, and Thai. It features text translation, voice translation, dictionary, and image translation. 


    Web, Android, iOS


    Xu Pan
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "Out of all the features, I always use the image translation whenever I travel based on my experience, it is accurate. "
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    Waygo is a free translator app and also a Chinese, Japanese and Korean dictionary.  You can get immediately any translate just by putting your phone's camera over a foreign text.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Anthony Dunn
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "Whenever I travel to Asian countries, this is what I use. The camera translation is also easy to use. "
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    #6Google Translate

    Google Translate

    Google Translate is a free language app available for Web, Android and iOS devices. This language learning/translation platform provides access to instant translations to and from various languages, so users will have a way to communicate.


    Android, iOS, Chrome


    Peter Zhu
    Written on November 1, 2017
    "The camera translator app is such a neat concept, and something every traveler should have as a backup. Google of course has been at this a long time, and so I trust them to do a decent job. But there are so many lanaguages and regional differences, that I suppose you have to resign yourself to the occasional problem. It seems to work best on short phrases, so it's no replacement for actually learning the language or taking a human translator with you!"
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    #7AR Translator

    AR Translator

    AR Translator: Scan+ Translate is an app which enables users to translate a block of text by using the phone's camera. This app supports over 100 languages when connected to the internet. It can also be used to listen to translations.



    Free- with in-app purchases

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Best What are the best camera translator apps
1Microsoft TranslatorApps 4 Free
2iTranslateApps 3 Free
3Camera Translator All 2017Apps 3 Free
4PapagoApps 2 Free
5WaygoApps 1 Free
6Google TranslateApps 0 Free
7AR TranslatorApps -1 Free

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