How to get a stolen camera back

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Our blog post on how to get a lost camera back generated a lot of interest, and a lot of great tips from Blurbarians. No sooner was that posted, we came across this rather high tech solution for to get a stolen camera back.

GadgetTrak Serial Search helps you locate stolen cameras based on the EXIF (Exchangeable Image Format) data that a digital camera embeds in each photo. EXIF data includes useful shooting data like camera type, aperture, focus method, and often the camera’s serial number.

Enter your camera’s serial number (you can probably find this on the bottom of your camera) and GadgetTrak Serial Search scans photo sites across the web, looking for photos that have that serial number in the EXIF data. Pretty neat. It’s still in beta, and GadgetTrak is still gathering and crunching all that EXIF data, but it’s worth going to the site and trying it out. Your camera doesn’t have to be stolen for it to work.

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6 Comments

  1. Really cool… and have you heard about http://www.stolencamerafinder.com it is even better! You don’t even have to know the serial number, just drag a jpeg!

      June 30, 2011 – 10:41 am   Permalink
  2. Is there a way to get a stolen ipod touch back?

    By Connie Springer
      June 30, 2011 – 11:37 am   Permalink
  3. Thanks. Telmo. We’ll check it out.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      June 30, 2011 – 12:48 pm   Permalink
  4. Connie,
    I wish I knew. My son has had a few ipods “walk away.” The only thing I can suggest is opt for engraving the back so at least you’ll know when you see it (if you see it). Hope yours returns.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      June 30, 2011 – 12:49 pm   Permalink
  5. Thanks for the post! FYI GadgetTrak is working with StolenCameraFinder.com, we are sharing our data with them that we index.

      June 30, 2011 – 3:07 pm   Permalink
  6. Hey Ken,

    Thanks for reading and for letting us know about StolenCameraFinder.com.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      July 1, 2011 – 10:08 am   Permalink

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