How to Restore/Recover Photos From Digital Camera


The delete button of your digital camera allows you to get rid of unwanted pictures easily with a single press. However, the disadvantage of this feature is that an accidental press could delete a perfect shot from your Camera. Obviously, unlike your computer there is no recycle bin in your camera from where you could restore your deleted pictures or videos. Fortunately, there are few paid and free software utilities, which can recover deleted photos and pictures from your Digital camera’s Memory card. Check out software programs listed below to recover photos and videos from your digital camera.

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How to Restore/Recover Photos From Digital Camera

  1. Recuva Photo Recovery 

Recuva is a free Windows utility and allows you to recover your delete photos and videos from a digital camera. This program comes with user friendly UI along with a help wizard to get you started with recovery. It comes with abilities to perform personalized searches for specific file format, drive and the ability to perform deep scan to recover photos from corrupted or damaged storage device.

Download and install recuva on your PC. Once installed, launch the application and click on Next. Now you need to select the file types to recover your Photos. Insert your Memory card, click on File location page and select your memory card. Click on Next, and wait until Recuva searches for your deleted pictures. If recuva successfully detects your deleted picture, then select that picture and click on Recover button to save it on your PC.  The premium version of this program comes with developer support for professional and business use.

  1. GetData Recover My Photos  ($39.95)

GetData Recover My Photos is a Windows only program that allows you to recover deleted photos from your Digital camera. Recover My Photos searches your media at a low level to recover delete photos and display them to you. Recover My Photos can recover data from various types of storage devices including Flash, Memory stick, Smart Media, SD , PC hard drive and more.

Download and install GetData Recover My Photos on your Windows PC. Now connect your camera or your Memory card to PC and run Recover My Photos. It will scan your memory card and search for deleted photos. Now if you see your deleted photos detected by Recover My Photos then you need to purchase and activate this program before recovering your deleted photos.

  1. Asoftech Photo Recovery Software ($29.95) 

Asoftech Photo Recovery Software is yet another premium photo recovery software that can recover photos from corrupted memory cards like MMC, Memory Stick, CF Card, SDHC and more. It has a simple and easy to use user interface along with personalized search option. Apart from photos, you can also recover videos from your digital camera.

Download and install Asoftech on your PC and launch it. Now connect your memory card to your PC and select your memory card from Asoftech Photo recovery window. Now, select the directory where you want to save your recovered file and click on Start to initialise the scanning.  Now in the result page you will see all the photos detected by Asoftech Photo Recovery. Now select all the photos that you wish to restore and save them on your computer. Note that you can only search and detect deleted photos from your digital camera, to recover them you need to activate the full program by purchasing the activation key.

  1. PhotoRec By CGSecurity  

PhotoRec is one of the most powerful photo recovery software, but not the most user friendly program though. According to the developer, this program can recognise 390 different file types and recover deleted photos from any type of media storage device including USB drives and Hard disks.

This program runs in a command line interface and wants you to install TestDisk before you start using this program for recovery. Download and install PhotoRec. Now connect your Memory card to your PC and launch the application. In the program window, you could see all the available storage devices, select your memory card and select any search parameter like Low memory etc. Start the recovery process by selecting the path to save your recovered photos and wait until the search process is over. PhotoRec is a cross platform application and could be installed on Linux and OS X running machines as well.


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