Have you ever lost your camera? I have. Well, it actually involved my wife leaving it on top of the car while on vacation with her friends. It was only lost for a little bit…until they found it…in pieces having been run over. So, it was lost for a little bit and during that time, had I have known it was lost, I would have wanted to use the following app, StolenCameraFinder.
StolenCameraFinder is a great app from the likes of Matt Burns. It does what you would deductively figure, helps you find your stolen camera. But how? Well, the trick lies in the metadata (or EXIF data) of the images taken by the camera that was once in your possession. Basically, every picture taken by a digital camera embeds each photo with tidbits of information. This can be the name of the camera, the aperture setting, sometimes the GPS coordinates, etc.. Many even put the serial number of the camera itself. This is where StolenCameraFinder comes in. You upload an image that was taken with your “stolen” camera to the website (no installation needed) and the app scours the internet searching for any other photos taken that have the same serial number. Remember, a serial number is unique to a camera so no one would have the same one.
Limitations? Well, the problem is, as mentioned, that not every camera out there embeds a serial number. I know the two images I tried to upload (one from my Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS and one from my iPhone 4) bounced back saying those cameras didn’t have the necessary serial number embeded. So basically, if one of these would have been lost, my sliver of hope would have been snapped. The idea is awesome and the execution is even better if you actually have a supported camera (listed here).
Ever lost a camera? Did you find it? Will this app help? Sound off in the comments…