How to Find a Lost Camera

Have you ever experienced losing a most precious gadget such as a digital camera? For those who have, for sure, you sleepless nights wondering where your photographic device got lost or who might have stolen it. Even though it costs just a hundred dollars but if the item has a very sentimental value and bought from your hard earned money, it’s natural to be upset over losing a camera.

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Fortunately, you can get help fast and easy these days. There’s a free service (CameraTrace) on the internet that will help you trace your lost or stolen camera. It is uses an advanced technology that scans top photo sharing sites such as Flickr, PictureSocial and 500px and then extracts camera serial numbers from the EXIF (exchangeable image format) metadata in the photos. As such, a camera owner will be able to track down his photos. It will also be easier for you to find your camera especially if there are GPS coordinates embedded in your images.

In tracing your camera through its serial number, you have two options. You can opt for the free service or pay a small fee of just $10 which will require you to register your camera. Those who tried the free service, however, claimed to have had no luck in getting their cameras back. It wouldn’t hurt then to pay just a small price to officially register your gadget.

The process of tracing your camera, you will be provided with the latest location data of your device once you enter the serial number. The location data that will be provided to you is based on the photos uploaded very recently.

If you register, on the other hand, you will avail of the active image monitoring technology. This allows scanning of new images taken using your digital camera. Currently, the database of CameraTrace has more than 11 million cameras and still counting.

In addition to the advanced search technology, you will be provided with a lost and found tag that you can attach to your camera. This will be helpful in recovering your device in the event it gets lost or stolen. The tag is in a sticker form and made from durable metallic material so you can be sure to have it on your camera for a long time. Details included in the tag are a special web address and a code.

The web service offers assistance as well in making a police report. It utilizes an online system in filing a report to the local police departments. If needed, the staff will also communicate with the police on your behalf to make sure that they get the details they want to help them search for your lost digital camera.

This new web tool for recovering lost digital cameras has already proven effective. According to wired.com, a photographer was able to successfully recover his photographic device worth $9,000 and that occurred while CameraTrace was still at its testing stage.

So there’s no need to fret should you lose your camera. Get help right away through this advanced web tool.

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3 Comments

  1. Colin. Burt says:

    Your vanished camera is either stolen or you left it somewhere. If the latter and it is found by an honest person , they can easily cotact you if the first frame on each of your cards is a photograph of your drivers licence. Padlocked to avoid erasure when dumping files. Just remember to replace it if you format the card. If it was stolen, here in Australia at any rate, your chances of recovery are minimal anyway. The police will make out a report and if they find a garage full of stolen goods by accident or an informer then thay can get to you the same way. Dont hold your breath ! Maybe U.S. police are more honest.

  2. What happens if the person that stole your camera or bought it from a thief doesn’t share his/her pictures online? Moreover, a lot of picture editing software can now remove the EXIF data from the picture. Finally, when you upload pictures on picture sharing sites, there is often an option not block other users to access he EXIF. I wouldn’t be too optimistic about this solution.

  3. Feli says:

    A simple and cheap way to protect your camera is to mark it with a label with an anonymous ID number, e.g. from http://www.numigo.com

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