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.