Thursday, April 28, 2011

Locate Your Camera’s Photos On The Web

The Fujifilm FinePix S9000 bridge cameraDigital cameras store the camera’s serial number in the photo’s EXIF information, which can then be used to identify photos taken with that specific camera.

A new web service called "Stolen Camera Finder" uses this concept to locate photos on the Internet.

The main idea behind the search is that the thief may have uploaded photos taken with the camera to the Internet, which would then open up possibilities to identify the person responsible for stealing the digital camera.

You can upload a photo taken with a particular camera to the service’s website, or enter the camera’s serial number directly to start a search for photos on the web.

The drag and drop upload is currently only working under Firefox and Google Chrome, if you use another browser you need to enter the camera’s serial number into the form.

The service crawls the web for photos with serial numbers and adds all that are found to its database, which currently contains a list of well over one million serial numbers.

The positive thing about this service is that you can identify the person responsible for stealing your stuff, see where your photo's are posted on the web and the negative side is that you can stalk a person with this service...
Check out the website here

24 commentaires:

Alixander said...

That's awesome.

Ronald said...

thats really cool!!!!

James said...

This is very interesting, since I'm a photographer and My equipment cost a fair bit.

The Radical Chemist said...

I agree with James in an indirect way: my wife owns her own wedding photography business... with tens of thousands in cameras alone, it's nice to know they can be tracked like this. I'll be sure to get the serials tonight; Thanks!

MB said...

thats a good feature, although i never really use my camera

My Personal Projects said...

I dunno about cool or awesome, but that's actually kind of scary... I need to take some pics for one of my blogs, looks like I'll stick to doing it from my laptop's cam for now :P

Michelangelo said...

Nice, didn't knew about that! thanks for sharing :)

mindlessfrk said...

that's really awesome, there's also that site, which I do not remeber, here you upload the photo, and it serches for anything look a like.

CheeseOmlette said...

Handy but think it's really worth it

me said...

this is actually really helpful, i am not too deep into photography but this may come in handy

Sety said...

very interesting idea, reminds me that I have to get a new camera

A.Isperiax said...

This should definitely see more use in police database searches...

Frogoe said...

Useful technology... but kind of creepy at the same time.

Dr Shankums said...

Now there only needs to be one for audio.

ixirawr said...

Very interesting. I am going to have to look into this more.

Fortune said...

Makes you want to have your camera stolen now. Almost.

game_artifacts said...

awesome stuff

B Jeezy said...

this is good to know!

K said...

Wow, thanks!

Anonimess said...

Yeah this could be useful i guess, but it will probably wont benefit anyone. You find someone uploading photos -> Police go find them -> they bought it from pawn broker -> pawn broker got given fake information from seller -> police cant find actual thief (or remove pawn broker and place in ebay) in which case, guy who spent $500 legitimate dollars on camera is now out of pocket and police are holding on to camera for evidence so you have no camera back. Just insure these kind of things against theft and youll most likely just receive an upgrade a year after you bought it when someone steals it.

fit4life said...

this is a great idea!

Skeng said...

Pretty useful.
EXIF data can be used to find out where you live - pretty scary.

That's only the case if you use a phone to take photos in your bathroom and your phone has GPS tagging on.

Athanasian Echo said...

Hahaha, I don't even have a camera nor do I have a camera phone. Though I did not about that EXIF data thing whenever I need to backtrace someone.

Psicon said...

thats a good feature

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