Recover Photos from Digital Camera


Digital camera stores large number of photos on solid state memory cards. These memory cards store photos on memory chip using flash technology. SD (Secure Digital) cards, MMC (Multi Media Card), CF (Compact Flash) cards, XD (Extreme Digital), Smart Media cards are the different types of memory cards that can be used by digital cameras. These memory cards can be reused and erased like RAM. But, solid state memory cards store photos without consuming power. Therefore, photos are not lost when the camera is turned off.

Photos can be transferred directly to computer’s hard disk via card readers, direct cable transfer, infrared port, docking station etc. Every memory card has its own file system like other storage devices. File system organise and manage photos stored on memory cards. It also stores allocation information of each photo in file allocation table. Memory cards generally support FAT32 file system. When user tries to open an image file, file system starts searching for that image file in its file allocation table. If it finds the specific image file in its file allocation table then it opens that file for viewing purpose.

Most common photo loss scenarios are as follows:

  • Accidental deletion of photos: Sometimes, instead of deleting a single photo using “Delete” option, you may accidentally click on “Delete All” option. When you click on “Delete All” option, all the photos stored on digital camera’s memory card gets deleted resulting in loss of photos. In such situation, you can utilize this tool to recover deleted files from laptop, PC, memory card, USB drive, etc.
  • Memory card corruption: The main reason for digital camera memory card corruption are virus attack, improper ejection of memory card from card reader, power failures while transferring digital photos to computer etc. When memory card gets corrupted, all the photos stored on memory card become inaccessible resulting in loss of photos.
  • Accidentally formatting digital camera memory card: Formatting deletes all the photos stored on memory card and then cretaes new file system to store new photos. Sometimes, instead of previewing the photos, you may accidentally click on “Format” option resulting in loss of photos. Formatting digital camera’s memory card in computer may also result in loss of photos. 
  • Pulling out memory card when camera is turned on: If you want to transfer photos from camera to computer via card reader then you need to remove memory card from digital camera. If you accidentally pull out the memory card from camera when it is turned on then photoloss may occur.

When you accidentally delete or format a photo accidentally, they are not deleted permanently. Instead, allocation information of that specific photo gets deleted. Deleted photos are present on memory card until they are overwritten by new data. Therefore, it is better not to use the memory card to capture new photos. In order to recover lost or deleted photos, make use of relevant deleted image file retrieval application. Photo Recovery Software recovers lost or deleted photos quickly. Additionally, this software can also recognise and recover different file formats based on their unique signature. This software can undelete photos from various memory cards like SD cards, MMC, CF cards, XD cards, Smart Media Cards etc. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Pentax, Panasonic, Kodak etc are the different brands of digital camera supported by this software. This software can also recover deleted or lost RAW files from digital camera. You can also use this powerful tool to recover deleted photos from camera roll within couple of minutes.

In order to recover lost or deleted photos from digital camera’s memory card, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download and install Photo Recovery Software and then launch it.

Step 2: From the main screen that is displayed, select “Recover Deleted Photos“ option to recover photos that have been deleted or select “Recover Lost Photos” option to recover photos that have been lost as shown in Figure 1.

Select option

Figure 1: Select option

Step 3: Select Memory card from the next window and click “Next” button as shown in Figure 2. Then select file types if you want or else skip this step by clicking on “Skip“ button.

Select SD card

Figure 2: Select Memory Card

Step 4: Preview recovered photos using “Preview” option as shown in Figure 3.

Preview screen

Figure 3: Preview Option

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