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    Stolen or Lost cameras found on internet

    Not sure if this is for everyone but I thought it was cool and you never know it just might help someone out.
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    Two services that search web images for the serial number of the cameras that shot them are helping to re-unite owners with their lost and stolen cameras. Both work by looking for the serial numbers embedded in images uploaded to services such as Flickr. CameraTrace, which costs $10 per camera, now includes a monitoring service that updates you if new images are posted. You also receive an identification tag for your camera, to help recover it if lost, rather than stolen. Stolen Camera Finder, meanwhile, requires only that you drag-and-drop a file from your camera for it to read the EXIF and start searching for public photos with their metadata intact.
    Although hardly flawless (neither can search Facebook because it strips EXIF data and some cameras, including all Sonys, don't include their serial numbers), both sites have led to photographers being reunited with their cameras.

    CameraTrace: Camera Registration & Recovery by GadgetTrak

    Stolen Camera Finder - find your photos, find your camera
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    This is cool info. One question, can a photographer strip his own exif data from pictures?
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    That's great, DD.
    Hubby was cruising eBay when he spotted 'work' radios. Got a close up of the serial numbers.
    Down went another thief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgvmer View Post
    This is cool info. One question, can a photographer strip his own exif data from pictures?
    According to ExifTool - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia you can download at least 1 free tool to edit them.
    I wonder if reading the meta data attached to pictures helps investigators (and cynics) figure out if a picture has been PhotoShopped or otherwise manipulated.

    Also: Exif Jpeg header manipulation tool
    Download EXIFeditor 2.2.2994.38866 Free - A Quick and easy EXIF editor that will help you change the tags of your digital pictures - Softpedia
    PhotoME - Exif, IPTC & ICC Metadata Editor
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