How to recover photos/videos from digital camera memory cards

Accidentally deleted valuable photos/videos on your Canon /Nikon/Sony/Olympus/Casio camera? Can't access digital images because the camera SD memory card is corrupted? Dowload iBoysoft Data Recovery to recover deleted/lost photos from digital camera on a computer easily.

By Jessica | Posted to Data Recovery Tips on June 18th, 2019 |

In past days, people used to have a hard time saving their unforgetable moments with them in pictures or videos, let alone taking the pictures or videos with them around. Mordern people today can enjoy capturing each moment of their lives as they would love to, thanks to the evolution of digital cameras. Moreover, with the popularity of social media, people love to share their daily life with the world by posting pictures and uploading videos.

One of the best features of digital camera is that you can take a large number of pictures and videos at one time. All digital cameras use SD memory cards to store videos and photos. They can be kept for a long time and you can refresh your memories with them in the future whenever you want.

On one condition: you don't delete or lose them accidentally.

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For example, many a time you hit the delete button by mistake on a camera, or the memory card was suddenly corrupted, resulting in losing the valuable photos and videos.

However, in most cases the deleted or lost files are not permanently gone, and you can recover deleted photos and videos by following the solutions below.

Table of contents
1. What is digital camera?
2. Can you recover deleted/lost photos or videos from a digital camera?
3. Recover deleted/lost digital photos/videos with data recovery freeware
4. How to fix a corrupted/inaccessible camera memory card?
5. How to avoid data loss on a digital camera memroy card?
6. Conclusion

What is digital camera?

Unlike regular cameras and instant cameras that print the films after people take pictures, a digital camera stores images as data on a memory card. You can use a digital camera to record videos in addidtion to taking photos.

All digital cameras today have an LCD screen for users to better frame the pictures or to preview the photos or videos immediately after they have been taken. Pictures and videos are stored on the SD card or memory stick inserted in all modern digital cameras. With the advancement of SD card technolygy, the storage space of an SD card or memory stick for a digital camera is up to 128TB now, which is huge. An SD memory card like that can store thousands of pictures and videos.

Can you recover deleted/lost photos or videos from a digital camera?

Nothing is gone, until Mom says it is.

It happens to many people that they accidentally deleted important photos or videos on the memory cards in their digital cameras. People tend to think: "Oh my god! What did I do?! I deleted my photos/videos permanently!"

However, you did not delete your photos or videos permanently.

When you hit Delete button on your camera or on a computer, the system just marked the storage areas where stored those pictures or videos available for new data. You can't see the deleted pictures or videos and access them as you normally do, but they are still there before they are overwritten. Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? However, if you keep taking photos or videos with your digital camera after you deleted photos or videos, the risk of overwriting them will increase. Once the deleted or lost photos or videos are overwritten, it is impossible to get them back.

In other words, if your deleted or lost photos and videos are not overwritten, you can get them back successfully. This requires you to stop using your digital camera as soon as you are aware that you deleted or lost some important photo files or video files. If you are transfering files from the SD card to a computer, stop doing that too.

Recover deleted/lost digital photos/videos with data recovery freeware

If you stopped using the digital camera and the SD memory card already, it is time to recover your lovely photos and videos from the digital camera memory card.

Professional data recovery software can bring back your deleted/lost photos or videos on a digital camera memory card successfully.

You may have many digital camera recovery software choices from Google, such as DDR digital camera recover crack. But the best choice is turning to professional and genuine ones in order to better protect your important photos and videos on the digital camera memory card.

iBoysoft Data Recovery is one of the best free digital camera recovery software for Windows. It is able to recover various types of photos and videos from the SD memory card in a digital camera. The image file formats supported by iBoysoft Data Recovery includes JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF, RAW, PCD, EPS, etc. The video file formats supported by the tool includes MP4, 3GP, OGG, WMV, WEBM, FLV, AVI, MOV, etc. No matter what camera brand you are using - Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Casio, Panasonic, Pentax, Lumix, Kodak, Fujifilm or other notable brands, with iBoysoft Data Recovery, digital camera data recovery can be accomplished safely and effectively.

Even in the situation where the SD card or memory stick can't be recognized by the computer, iBoysoft Data Recovery is also capable of recovering files from this unreadable or inaccessible SD memory card.

If you accidentally formatted the digital camera memory card before you recovered the photos and videos on it, it is possible to recover lost data from a formatted SD memory card too.

It has a few other powerful features like recovering deleted or lost documents, music, audio and emails. Check the table below to see if one of the features surprises you:

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  • Recover photos, videos, documents, music, audio and emails
  • Recover photos/videos from SD cards of any makers: SanDisk, Lexar, Kingston, Samsung, Polaroid, PNY, Transcend, etc.
  • Recover files from formatted/RAW/inaccessible SD cards
  • Support NTFS, exFAT and FAT32 formatted drives' data recovery
  • Work with Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003

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Here is exactly how iBoysoft Data Recovery can help you recover the data:

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery on a Windows computer.

Step 2: Take out the SD card or memory stick in the digital camera and insert it into a card reader.

Step 3: Connect the card reader to the PC.

If you don't have a card reader, you can connect your camera to the PC using a USB cable instead.

Step 4: Select the SD card or memory stick disk from the drives list, check Deep scan, click Next to start the scanning process.

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Step 5: Preview the scanning results by double-clicking them.

Step 6: Select the file you want to recover and click Recover. Remember to save the photos or videos to another location to avoid data overwriting.

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If you want to perform digital camera data recovery on a Mac, you can download iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac to recover your missing photos, videos and other files on SD memory cards.

How to fix a corrupted/inaccessible camera memory card?

Another situations you may find yourself in is that you can't access almost all the files on the SD card. If it wasn't caused by accidentally formatting or deletion of the SD memory card partition, it was very likely that your memory card was corrupted or damaged.

If your digital camera SD memory card has one of the symptoms below, the SD card is corrupted:
  • The SD card can't be recognized by the computer. For example, the message "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" shows up on a Mac, or "You need to format the disk in drive *: before you can use it" on a PC.
  • Your memory card can be recoginized by the computer, but you can't see any photos or videos stored on it.
  • Your camera has a black screen and you can't take pictures or videos with the camera.
  • Most of files on the SD memory card are missing.
  • A lot of unknown files appear on the SD card.
  • You experience read and write failure. For example, when you try to open an image or delete a video, error messages pop up. Moreover, error messages show up when you transfer files between the SD card and other storage devices.

There are multiple reasons why the memory card or memory stick in your digital camera became corrupted such as file system error, virus attacks, etc. No matter what the reason is, the priority is to fix the inaccessible memroy card and recover lost files on it.

Solution 1: Fix the corrupted SD card using CHKDSK command on a Windows computer

CHKDSK is a command on Windows to scan and fix minor logical file system errors of a drive. Here is how to run CHKDSK to fix your corrupted digital camera SD card on Windows:

Step 1: Connect the camera to a PC.

Step 2: Double-click This PC to open it.

Step 3: Find and right-click the corrupted memory card and choose Properties.

Step 4: Click Tool at the tool bar and click on the Check button.

Warning: Make sure your SD card is not formatted with APFS or HFS+.

Solution 2: Fix the corrupted SD card using First Aid on a Mac

Like CHKDSK in Windows, First Aid is a utility in macOS for checking and repairing file system errors. You can use it to fix the corrupted camera memory card too.

Follow the guide:

Step 1: Connect the camera to a Mac.

Step 2: Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utilities.

Step 3: Select the SD card at left sidebar and click First Aid.

Step 4: After the scanning and repairing process finished, click Done.

Warning: First Aid doesn't work if your corrupted camera memory card is formatted with NTFS.

Frankly speaking, those two tools only can fix minor file system problems. If the digital camera SD card is seriously corrupted or damaged, they are of little help. Then you have to reformat the SD card before you can use it.

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You have come to a place where you have to recover files from the corrupted SD card with free data recovery software.

How to avoid data loss on a digital camera memory card?

Suddenly losing valuable pictures and videos is annoying. To prevent you from suffering from this pain in the neck, do one or each of the followings:

  1. Turn off your digital camera completely before you are going to take the SD memory card out of it.
  2. Eject the memory card safely first after you are done with the SD card on a computer.
  3. Operate the photo files or video files with care. Don't operate deletion or transferring in a large batch.
  4. Take out SD card from computer or digital camera if you are not going to use it for a while.
  5. Back up your SD memory card regularly, especially you have taken some important photos or recorded some can't-be-lost videos.


Digital camera enables people to save the moments they cherish and share with others. That is life all about - millions or even billions of moments. Losing one of them can be hurtful for some people like you.

This post have introduced many ways you can try to bring them back. If none of them works for you, the free digital camera SD card recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recove can watch your back.

To be more secure, do remember to back up your important photos, videos or documents frequently. Or you can set up all your files as read-only to avoid any accidental deletion.