Android Smartphone Imaging

Please visit to learn more about the LepSnap smartphone project and how to pick a phone, an image app, and dos and dont’s.

How do I know if my smartphone will work?

If you have an iPhone, LepSnap works on all models and all versions of iOS. However, we highly recommend the phone is running the most current version of iOS, to benefit from the full capabilities of the app.

An Android version of LepSnap is under construction with the aim to be ready for beta testing at the end of Q1, 2017. If you have an Android phone, LepSnap will be compatible with the following devices:

  • Google Pixel (all)
  • Google Nexus (4 or newer)
  • Samsung Galaxy (S5 or newer)
  • Samsung Note (4 or newer)
  • OnePlus (One or newer)
  • HTC One (M8 or newer)
  • Motorola Moto X (or newer)

LepSnap will be compatible with most other Android devices equipped with Android 4.4 (Kitkat) or newer, but prefer 5.0 or newer to support in-app animations. If you are uncertain if a prospective model will be supported, please let us know and we can run the app in a test environment that simulates that modal and Android version to confirm.

In addition to compatibility, no all phones are created equal in terms of image sensor photo quality. The top ten phone will produce results that, in some scenarios, will even rival SLR. Here are the top 10 best phone cameras of 2016:

  1. Google Pixel
  2. iPhone 7 Plus
  3. iPhone 7
  4. Samsung Galaxy S7
  5. Huawei P9
  6. Sony Xperia X
  7. HTC One M8
  8. Google Nexus 6P
  9. LG G5
  10. ZTE Axon 7


Can I use an iPad to photograph specimens?

In January, LepSnap will be available as an iPad app. Then it will work just as well to photo-catalog via iPad as it does on iPhone. We hope to support other tablets in the future.


What imaging program should I use?

It is highly recommended that your subjects are brightly illuminated with daylight color temperature LEDs or flash system to minimize the need to edit images. If you must edit, the following apps are recommended:

  • Adobe Photoshop Express (free)
  • Adobe Lightroom (free)
  • Instagram (free)
  • Pixlr (free)
  • VSCO (free)
  • Manual ($3)
  • Camera+ ($3)
  • ProCamera 9 ($5)


White balance and ruler?

When photographing the specimen over a neutral gray background (ideally 18% gray), white balance can be corrected using the background. We do not recommend color charts unless the specimen photos are going to be used on high-end printing. Visually, a small mm or cm line to show scale is preferred over photographing with a rule in the background.


Should I just take the image and upload or can I edit and send?

LepSnap allows you to use the in-app camera to photograph the specimen and publish it at one fell swoop. You can also use the camera app that is native to your phone if you want to edit the photo before publishing it on LepSnap. You may also publish photos taken by an external camera, since you can select photos from your phone library to publish on LepSnap.
More websites:

A few suggestions on which camera phone can work with the smartphone program.  The camera should have 4000 pixels on the long side.

This DxOMark website provides DxOMark Mobile ratings, mobile reviews and explanations on how DxOMark is testing camera-embedded mobile devices. 


OpenCamera android app – very nice features (Google Open Camera)

How to use Pro Mode on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Here are two videos showing Neil Cobb’s prototype smartphone setup


The two videos below are Neil Cobb’s initial attempt to make a smartphone setup




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