Camera Photo Recovery: Recover Deleted/Lost Photos from Cameras

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How to recover deleted, lost or formatted photos from digital cameras? Do not feel helpless after important photos get lost, for camera photo recovery software can help you recover photos from camera memory card under various situations such as deletion, formatting, RAW drive, card corruption, virus and other causes. In this article, we are going to talk about camera photo recovery and show you how to recover lost photos and images from camera and memory cards.

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Overview on camera photo recovery

Nowadays, digital camera is one the most widely used digital devices to take photos and video. Cameras provide an efficient solution to help users record and store precious memories. Photos or videos taken by cameras are stored on memory cards which allow users to delete and store data again and again. Occasionally, we might face photo loss issue, for example pressing deletion button accidentally. Have you ever thought about the issue might happen to you someday? Data loss issue may happen to anyone if there is not backup available, for example:

"Hello everyone, I need your suggestion to restore deleted photos. When I was viewing new photos in Canon camera, I came up with a thought to delete old images which had been transferred to my laptop. Unfortunately, I hit the option to select all before pressing Delete button. Then all camera photos got deleted. I connected the camera to computer, and it was empty. I've learnt photo recovery should be done as soon as possible, and yet I have no idea what camera photo recovery software should be used and how to do with it. What's your method?"

It is not an easy thing to avoid photo loss in digital camera, for there are too many factors that may lead to the issue. First and foremost, accidental deletion. Many users press the Delete button during viewing files or clearing disk space and some may click Delete All to remove all photos; Second, unintentional formatting. The memory card in digital camera can be formatted for whatever reason, after which all files are removed and lost; Third, memory card corruption. The memory card in camera may turn to RAW and inaccessible because of improper ejection, file system error, virus, low battery, disconnection during data transfer, etc. Last, physical damage. A physically damaged memory card may response slowly, not showing up, I/O error, etc.

Is it possible to perform camera photo recovery? Deleting important photos seems to be a nightmare, and yet that does not mean you have lost them permanently. When you delete photos or formatting the SD card, files are not immediately erased. Instead the disk space once occupied by lost photos are just marked as ready for new data without being wiped. Hence, they remain on the memory card being invisible for system and users. As long as the disk space keeps intact, you have chance to restore lost photos.

How to recover deleted or lost photos from digital camera or memory card? When it comes to recovery methods, there are generally three options: Retrieve photos from backup files, purchase data recovery service for lost photo recovery and use photo recovery software. Without doubt, recovering data from backup is the easiest and best choice, but not everyone keeps a backup; as to data recovery service, it usually guarantees good recovery result, but it may cost a lot of money. Thus camera photo recovery software stands the optimal choice. Next we are about to give a quick introduction on photo deleted recovery software.

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Photo recovery software DiskGenius is regarded as an safe and simple solution to recover photos from SD card, digital camera, thumb drive, USB flash drive, hard disk, PC, etc. it is able to help you troubleshoot photo loss issues caused by deletion, formatting, RAW file system, partition loss, virus and more. This camera photo deleted recovery software is designed with brilliant algorithms that support the recovery of photos, pictures, images, videos, music, documents, archives, emails, and so on. The outstanding scanning mechanism can easily analyze and locate deleted or lost photos from camera SD cards and other devices. Moreover, the photo recovery process is so simple that anyone can use it without taking professional help. The free trial version provides file preview function which helps users to find out needed files and check recovery quality before purchase.

Tech specification:

  • Operating system: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Sever 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003
  • Supported file system: FAT (FAT12, FAT16, Fat32), exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, Ext2, Ext4 and Ext4.
  • Supported storage devices: PC/laptop, hard drive, external hard disk, SSD, USB flash drive, memory card, pen drive, virtual disk, RAID and other devices.

Camera photo recovery guide #1: How to recover deleted photos from camera SD card?

If you want to recover deleted photos from digital camera of SD card, you need to get it connected to your computer and make sure it can be properly recognized. Then free download camera deleted photo recovery software DiskGenius trial version on your computer and you can follow steps below to recover deleted photos from camera SD cards.

Step 1. In DiskGenius, right-click on the camera storage device and choose Recover Lost Files option.

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Step 2. Choose recovery options and click Start button to enter the scanning process.

DiskGenius will scan the camera memory card and look for lost photos. During scanning process, lost photos will be displayed and file preview is available then.

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Step 3. Preview and filter files.

You can use the filter feature to quickly filter found files, such as search for files via file name, type, size, etc. Besides, you can check recovery quality by previewing files: double-click a file to open it in a pop-up window. File preview helps to check if lost files are damaged prior to actual recovery.

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Step 4. Recover deleted or lost photos from camera SD card.

Choose wanted files and folders from displayed data, right-click and select Copy To. After that, you'll be able to save recovered photos and other data to computer.

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If deleted photos are partly overwritten, for example, you continue to take photos after data loss. Some files may get damaged and cannot be recovered successfully. In this case, you can try deep scan photo recovery to see if lost photos can be recovered. Note: files recovered by this function are classified by type without keeping original names.

Select the camera device i.e. SD card, and click Tools > Recover Files By Type, as follows:

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Click the button for Output and set a location to store recovered data and click OK button to start the recovery.

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Camera photo recovery guide #2: How to recover lost photos from formatted / corrupted camera?

As electronic device, the camera storage media may also malfunction such as it turns into inaccessible, RAW file system. Besides, you may format the memory card unintentionally. Anyway, a formatted or corrupted camera memory card ends up with losing all photos. Let's take a look at how to recover lost photos from formatted, RAW or corrupted camera memory card.

Step 1. Launch DiskGenius from computer, select the formatted/corrupted memory card and click File Recovery button. This opens up Recover files window, as below.

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Step 2. Click Start button and DiskGenius begins to search for recoverable files.

Before that, you can click Select File Types button to specify file types for the deep scanning. The window below shows file types that can be recovered by deep scanning method, and Complete Recovery or Recover Delete Files does not have limitations on file types.

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Step 3. Preview and recover lost photos.

Find wanted photos and other files in scanning result with the help of file preview and filter feature. Then you can copy those files to another drive to get them recovered.

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If the memory card or other storage device where lost files were located have developed bad sectors, you can try creating an image for the device. Then you can use data recovery software to scan the image and recover lost data, leave original device untouched. Such recovery method protects original device against damage due to improper action and prevents it from further damage. How to create image for disk? DiskGenius supports to create image for entire disk, partition or a couple of sectors, and the process allows to set detailed settings to deal with bad sectors.

Click Tools menu and choose Copy Sectors:

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Click Source Disk to choose the memory card you want to image and click Target Disk to set a location to save image file. Then click Copy button. When the image is created, you can use File Recovery function as above to scan it and recover lost photos and other media files.

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Tips on camera photo recovery

Though recovering deleted or lost photos from camera or SD card is very easy, we should pay attention to following points to ensure a better recovery result.

  • Stop using the camera to take photos or video at once after you realize data loss issue. Otherwise lost photos might be overwritten and turn to unrecoverable.
  • Remember to turn off digital camera before taking out of memory card. Pulling out memory card without switching off device may cause file system error, RAW drive, etc.
  • If the memory card cannot be recognized by Windows properly, you can try connecting it via a card reader.
  • Data backup should be attached more importance, which can help avoid many data loss issues.


Losing precious photos is a depressing and inevitable situation, and it is necessary to be prepared and know how to deal with it. In this guide, we discussed two guides which can help you recover deleted or lost photos from camera or SD cards. If you are facing camera photo loss issue, you can try DiskGenius photo recovery software to get rid of the trouble. Please let us know if the recovery software recovers your photos successfully, also do not forget share the tool on social media. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding camera photo recovery, please contact us to share your insight.


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