A new service has been launched to help those that have lost or had their cameras stolen.
A new service has been launched to help those that have lost or had their cameras stolen. Stolen Camera Finder asks you to drag and drop a photo taken with your misplaced camera, where it strips the camera’s serial number from the EXIF data and crawls the web for any images matching that specific serial – showing you if someone currently in possession of your camera has been shooting and uploading images to the web. Alternatively, if you only have the camera packaging left, you can enter the serial number manually to the same effect.
We tried this last night with a file from a stolen Canon 5D Mark II. The process itself is quick, easy and most importantly, free. Unfortunately no results were returned, but the site’s creator, Matt Burns, states that the database of cameras has already passed the 1 million mark and is steadily growing.
Read the FAQs for more information about the service. If you have been the unfortunate victim of camera theft, let us know in the comments whether the service helped you out.