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Stolen Camera Finder Searches for Your Camera's ID Online

Stolen Camera Finder takes an interesting approach to locating your stolen camera, by looking for unique EXIF data in online photos.

The premise is straight forward: your camera stamps each photo with a unique serial number and that serial number appears in all photos that have not been sanitized. Stolen Camera Finder scans online photo sites looking for matches and, if found, alerts you. It’s a bit of a long shot and highly dependent on how many pictures Stolen Camera Finder has scanned (as well as whether or not the thief ever uploads photos) but if you’re trying to get an expensive DSLR back it might be your only hope.

Stolen Camera Finder

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/12/11

Comments (6)

  1. Seasider2

    Only of use for certain cameras that use EXIF data. Sony not included.
    Full list of compatible cameras on site.

  2. jeepmanjr

    My Kodak not included either! Site/service of no use to me at all.

  3. Doc Rings

    List of cameras supported:

    My Canon A630 does not write serial numbers to the EXIF, though….

  4. Adam

    This is such a neat idea! I always enjoy looking at what other users on Flickr do with the same camera as mine. I never thought that the EXIF data might be used in forensics!

  5. Don

    Could you use it to track photos you own that are being re-used on other websites without your permission?
    I’m not worried about finding a lost camera but rather a stolen photo. Making sure the correct person is getting credit for the work.

  6. Brad

    @Don You might be interested in checking out the reverse image search

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