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Recover lost files on Digital camera (Canon, Nikon, etc.)


How to Recover lost files on the Camera? Recover photos, stored on your digital photo camera using the photo recovery software, recommended by Microsoft Corporation as the best Camera data recovery software, for both home cameras and professional Nikon optical systems.

What camera models photo recovery system supports? It can recover photos from camera of any model, including:

  • Aigo – DV series Digital Cameras and Digital camcoders and other digital products
  • Canon – Ixus, Powershot compact cameras, and Digital EOS/Digital Rebel DSLRs
  • Casio – Exilim compact digital cameras
  • Fujifilm – FinePix compacts, and FinePix Pro DSLRs in collaboration with Nikon
  • GE
  • HP
  • Kodak – EasyShare Z-Series (Performance), M-Series (Style), C-Series (Point & Shoot) compacts. Zi-Series (Style), Zx-Series (Outdoor) HD Pocket Digital Video Cameras
  • Leica – C-Lux, D-Lux, V-Lux, and the new X1 compacts, S-series DSLRs, and the digital rangefinder M Series including the full-frame M9
  • Mamiya – compacts, and ZD-series
  • Nikon – Coolpix compacts and D-series DSLRs
  • Olympus – C-, D-, and FE-series and Stylus compacts and E-series DSLRs based on the Four Thirds System, Also Olympus PEN E-P1 based on the Micro Four Thirds System
  • Panasonic – Lumix compacts and Lumix DMC-L DSLRs based on the Four Thirds System
  • Pentax – Optio compacts and K-series DSLRs
  • Ricoh – Caplio and other compacts
  • Samsung – compacts, and GX-series DSLRs in collaboration with Pentax
  • Sigma – DP1 high-end compact and SD-series DSLRs
  • Sony – Cyber-shot compacts and α DSLRs
  • Vivitar – Brand is now owned by Sakar International.


Also photos may be recovered on cameras of some other manufacturers, most of these produce different webcams and high-end digital backs:

  • Aiptek
  • Arecont
  • Argus (licensed brand name of extinct company)
  • Atiger
  • AVF – webcams only
  • Axis – network cameras / standalone webcams only
  • BenQ
  • Brica
  • Cobra
  • Concord
  • Cool-iCam
  • Creative – webcams only
  • D-Link
  • EarthCam – webcams only
  • Emprex
  • Epson
  • Genius
  • Hasselblad – digital backs
  • Hitachi
  • HP
  • JVC
  • It Works
  • Iqinvision
  • Jenoptik
  • Ken-A-Vision
  • Kyocera (as of 2010, only cameraphones)
  • Largan
  • Leaf – digital backs
  • Livelook – webcams only
  • Logitech – webcams only
  • Lumenera
  • Maxell
  • Microsoft – LifeCam series
  • Microtek
  • Minox
  • Micro Innovations
  • Mobotix
  • Mustek
  • Nokia – cell phone camera
  • Ocuview – Webcam
  • Oregon Scientific
  • Philips – Webcam
  • Polaroid (name used under license from Polaroid corp. by other manufacturers)
  • Praktica
  • Premier
  • Rollei
  • Sanyo
  • Sharp
  • SiPix
  • SMaL
  • Soligor
  • Suprema
  • Swann
  • Trust
  • Toyo
  • UMAX



Also may be recovered photos from several cameras that are not already produced:

  • Agfa – Agfa digital cameras
  • Apple Inc. – iSight
  • Chinon
  • Contax
  • Gateway
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Konica
  • Konica Minolta
  • Minolta
  • Nintendo – Game Boy Camera
  • Toshiba
  • Yashica



So, as you may see from the list above, whatever camera (or cameras) you use, all files on them will be recovered. Your camera is supported.

Now about the photo file formats – photos in which format (of what type) may be recovered?

Including proprietary types, there are hundreds of supported image file types. The PNG, JPEG, and GIF formats are most often used to display images on the Internet – they are usually recovered by file recovery system. These graphic formats are listed and briefly described below, separated into the two main families of graphics: raster and vector.

In addition to straight image formats, Metafile formats are portable formats which can include both raster and vector information. They are used in the graphic editing system and are usually recovered on the desktop computers. Examples are application-independent formats such as WMF and EMF. The metafile format is an intermediate format. Most Windows applications open metafiles and then save them in their own native format. Page description language refers to formats used to describe the layout of a printed page containing text, objects and images. Examples are PostScript, PDF and PCL.

The formats listed below are usually used for the graphic editing systems and are recovered by the graphic file recovery software on the desktop workstations. Now about the, strictly speaking, bitmap file formats those are recovered on digital cameras.

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These formats store images as bitmaps (also known as pixmaps). For a description of the technology aside from the format, see Raster graphics.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is a compression method; JPEG-compressed images are usually stored in the JFIF (JPEG File Interchange Format) file format. JPEG compression is (in most cases) lossy compression. The JPEG/JFIF filename extension in DOS is JPG (other operating systems may use JPEG). Nearly every digital camera can save images in the JPEG/JFIF format, which supports 8 bits per color (red, green, blue) for a 24-bit total, producing relatively small files. When not too great, the compression does not noticeably detract from the image's quality, but JPEG files suffer generational degradation when repeatedly edited and saved. The JPEG/JFIF format also is used as the image compression algorithm in many Adobe PDF files. JPEG 2000 is a new lossless or lossy format.


The Exif (Exchangeable image file format) format is a file standard similar to the JFIF format with TIFF extensions; it is incorporated in the JPEG-writing software used in most cameras. Its purpose is to record and to standardize the exchange of images with image metadata between digital cameras and editing and viewing software. The metadata are recorded for individual images and include such things as camera settings, time and date, shutter speed, exposure, image size, compression, name of camera, color information, etc. When images are viewed or edited by image editing software, all of this image information can be displayed.

The TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) format is a flexible format that normally saves 8 bits or 16 bits per color (red, green, blue) for 24-bit and 48-bit totals, respectively, usually using either the TIFF or TIF filename extension. TIFF's flexibility can be both an advantage and disadvantage, since a reader that reads every type of TIFF file does not exist. TIFFs can be lossy and lossless; some offer relatively good lossless compression for bi-level (black&white) images. Some digital cameras can save in TIFF format, using the LZW compression algorithm for lossless storage. TIFF image format is not widely supported by web browsers. TIFF remains widely accepted as a photograph file standard in the printing business. TIFF can handle device-specific color spaces, such as the CMYK defined by a particular set of printing press inks. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software packages commonly generate some (often monochromatic) form of TIFF image for scanned text pages.

RAW refers to a family of raw image formats that are options available on some digital cameras. These formats usually use a lossless or nearly-lossless compression, and produce file sizes much smaller than the TIFF formats of full-size processed images from the same cameras. Although there is a standard raw image format, (ISO 12234-2, TIFF/EP), the raw formats used by most cameras are not standardized or documented, and differ among camera manufacturers. Many graphic programs and image editors may not accept some or all of them, and some older ones have been effectively orphaned already. Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) specification is an attempt at standardizing a raw image format to be used by cameras, or for archival storage of image data converted from undocumented raw image formats, and is used by several niche and minority camera manufacturers including Pentax, Leica, and Samsung. The raw image formats of more than 230 camera models, including those from manufacturers with the largest market shares such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus, can be converted to DNG. DNG was based on ISO 12234-2, TIFF/EP, and ISO's revision of TIFF/EP is reported to be adding Adobe's modifications and developments made for DNG into profile 2 of the new version of the standard.


As far as videocameras are concerned, ARRI's Arriflex D-20 and D-21 cameras provide raw 3K-resolution sensor data with Bayern pattern as still images (one per frame) in a proprietary format (.ari file extension). Red Digital Cinema Camera Company, with its Mysterium sensor family of still and video cameras, uses its proprietary raw format called REDCODE (.R3D extension), which stores still as well as audio+video information in one lossy-compressed file.

The PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file format was created as the free, open-source successor to the GIF. The PNG file format supports truecolor (16 million colors) while the GIF supports only 256 colors. The PNG file excels when the image has large, uniformly colored areas. The lossless PNG format is best suited for editing pictures, and the lossy formats, like JPG, are best for the final distribution of photographic images, because in this case JPG files are usually smaller than PNG files. Many older browsers currently do not support the PNG file format; however, with Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 7, all contemporary web browsers now support all common uses of the PNG format, including full 8-bit translucency (Internet Explorer 7 may display odd colors on translucent images ONLY when combined with IE's opacity filter). The Adam7-interlacing allows an early preview, even when only a small percentage of the image data has been transmitted.

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PNG provides a patent-free replacement for GIF and can also replace many common uses of TIFF. Indexed-color, grayscale, and truecolor images are supported, plus an optional alpha channel.

PNG is designed to work well in online viewing applications, such as the World Wide Web, so it is fully streamable with a progressive display option. PNG is robust, providing both full file integrity checking and simple detection of common transmission errors. Also, PNG can store gamma and chromaticity data for improved color matching on heterogeneous platforms.

Some programs do not handle PNG gamma correctly, which can cause the images to be saved or displayed darker than they should be.

Animated formats derived from PNG are MNG and APNG. The latter is supported by Firefox and Opera and is backwards compatible with PNG.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is limited to an 8-bit palette, or 256 colors. This makes the GIF format suitable for storing graphics with relatively few colors such as simple diagrams, shapes, logos and cartoon style images. The GIF format supports animation and is still widely used to provide image animation effects. It also uses a lossless compression that is more effective when large areas have a single color, and ineffective for detailed images or dithered images.

The BMP file format (Windows bitmap) handles graphics files within the Microsoft Windows OS. Typically, BMP files are uncompressed, hence they are large; the advantage is their simplicity and wide acceptance in Windows programs.

Netpbm format is a family including the portable pixmap file format (PPM), the portable graymap file format (PGM) and the portable bitmap file format (PBM). These are either pure ASCII files or raw binary files with an ASCII header that provide very basic functionality and serve as a lowest-common-denominator for converting pixmap, graymap, or bitmap files between different platforms. Several applications refer to them collectively as the PNM format (Portable Any Map).


Other image file formats of raster type, that may be automatically recovered using the photo file recovery software, include:

  • ILBM (InterLeaved BitMap)
  • PCX (Personal Computer eXchange)
  • ECW (Enhanced Compression Wavelet)
  • SID (multiresolution seamless image database, MrSID
  • CD5 (Chasys Draw Image)
  • FITS (Flexible Image Transport System)
  • PGF (Progressive Graphics File)

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As opposed to the raster image formats above (where the data describes the characteristics of each individual pixel), vector image formats contain a geometric description which can be rendered smoothly at any desired display size.

Vector file formats can contain bitmap data as well. 3D graphic file formats are technically vector formats with pixel data texture mapping on the surface of a vector virtual object, warped to match the angle of the viewing perspective.

At some point, all vector graphics must be rasterized in order to be displayed on digital monitors. However, vector images can be displayed with analog CRT technology such as that used in some electronic test equipment, medical monitors, radar displays, laser shows and early video games. Plotters are printers that use vector data rather than pixel data to draw graphics.

CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile) is a file format for 2D vector graphics, raster graphics, and text, and is defined by ISO/IEC 8632. All graphical elements can be specified in a textual source file that can be compiled into a binary file or one of two text representations. CGM provides a means of graphics data interchange for computer representation of 2D graphical information independent from any particular application, system, platform, or device. It has been adopted to some extent in the areas of technical illustration and professional design, but has largely been superseded by formats such as SVG and DXF.

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is an open standard created and developed by the World Wide Web Consortium to address the need (and attempts of several corporations) for a versatile, scriptable and all-purpose vector format for the web and otherwise. The SVG format does not have a compression scheme of its own, but due to the textual nature of XML, an SVG graphic can be compressed using a program such as gzip. Because of its scripting potential, SVG is a key component in web applications: interactive web pages that look and act like applications.

Other image file formats of vector type include:

  • CDR (CorelDRAW)
  • EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
  • ODG (OpenDocument Graphics)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
  • PGML (Precision Graphics Markup Language)
  • SWF (shockwave Flash)
  • VML (Vector Markup Language)
  • WMF / EMF (Windows Metafile / Enhanced Metafile)
  • XPS (XML Paper Specification)

The PNG Stereo (.pns) format consists of a side-by-side image based on PNG (Portable Network Graphics).

The JPEG Stereo (.jps) format consists of a side-by-side image format based on JPEG.

Also known as a Multi-Picture Object or Multi-Picture Format, the MPO file format was first used in the FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera, made by FujiFilm. The format is proposed as an open standard by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) as CIPA DC-007-2009. It contains multiple JPEG images with respective thumbnails and metadata.

So, as you see, image file recovery software will recover your photos in any format on any camera.

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