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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve-S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 January 2012 at 16:02
Originally posted by utcreeper utcreeper wrote:

Originally posted by Bob Maddison Bob Maddison wrote:

The camera needs to be able to identify the serial number as a digital number and this must be built into the camera. If you could add the S.N. yourself, it could just as easily be overwritten!


Certainly. But thieves aren't known for their technical prowess, so a user-selectable SN is better than nothing at all. Likewise for simply 'Photographer Name' which can be set in other systems, and written to exif. Certainly it's not foolproof, but it's better than nothing imo.



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What about a way to locate lost/stolen cameras that have built in GPS?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve-S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2012 at 06:44
Originally posted by Rouge Recon Rouge Recon wrote:

What about a way to locate lost/stolen cameras that have built in GPS?

1. GPS is a receiver-technology; the camera would need a transmitter too (e.g. cellphone) or you'd have no way to track it down.

2. Assuming pix (w/ GPS in exif) from the camera show up on Flikr or the like, it still needs a unique-camera ID (such as a serial-number). Knowing that (for example) there's a Flikr-user shooting an a55 with lots of pix whose GPS/EXIF data places the camera in the LA area, doesn't help: you'd need to know if it's a PARTICULAR a55...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote matthiaspaul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2012 at 14:13
I haven't checked myself yet, but what about the USB device serial number? It's an optional part of the spec, but if it is used, it should be unique and can be read out.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote faceless_el Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2013 at 08:20
funny on their website they list only one Sony camera as being supported, the A100
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O_O They support almost every Sigma, but only one Sony?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harveyzone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2013 at 20:38
I'm not sure why it lists the A100, as it doesn't seem to be supported. It certainly never used to be listed back when this thread started. To check I have just uploaded an (out of camera) A100 JPG file and it couldn't find any serial number, although strangely, when uploaded to Jeffrey's Exif Viewer, it does list an 'Internal Serial Number' for the same file, even if it bears no resemblance to the cameras 'external' serial number.

Perhaps they do have some kind of serial number hidden away in the Exif data for someone to discover.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote faceless_el Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2013 at 21:50
Originally posted by Sky_walker Sky_walker wrote:

O_O They support almost every Sigma, but only one Sony?
lol...


@sky - funny you mentioned that, I have never met a photog who uses a Sigma camera ever

Originally posted by harveyzone harveyzone wrote:

I'm not sure why it lists the A100, as it doesn't seem to be supported. It certainly never used to be listed back when this thread started. To check I have just uploaded an (out of camera) A100 JPG file and it couldn't find any serial number, although strangely, when uploaded to Jeffrey's Exif Viewer, it does list an 'Internal Serial Number' for the same file, even if it bears no resemblance to the cameras 'external' serial number.

Perhaps they do have some kind of serial number hidden away in the Exif data for someone to discover.


@harvey - that's good to know harvey

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2014 at 20:15
Ahoy!

Unless I've overlooked a link in any of the previous posts, has anyone mentioned this site as an additional reference option?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jannatul18 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 June 2014 at 10:39
Its seem to me unbelievable but still very smart idea to find the stolen camera!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote autosparky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2014 at 09:14
doesn't lenstag do the same thing by matching serial nos of lenses to those listed as stolen?
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It is really interesting idea. We can even use 3G technology to ensure the security of our Camera.
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If Nikon and Canon et al can do it why not Sony?
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