Professional, read-only and easy-to-use photo recovery software – MiniTool Photo Recovery can help you recover lost/deleted photos and videos from different types of digital cameras, hard disks, SD cards, USB disks, etc.

Nowadays, almost everybody has a digital camera, and most photos are taken using camera. However, a research survey shows that more and more users suffer from digital camera photo loss issues. For instance, people mistakenly format their digital camera memory card; people accidentally delete camera photos; the SD card is damaged; camera memory card becomes blank suddenly; etc. Therefore, people are worried about how to effectively recover photos from digital camera.

Note: A digital camera is a camera that produces digital images that can be stored in a computer, displayed on a screen and printed. Most cameras sold today are digital cameras. And, digital cameras are incorporated into many devices ranging from PDAs and mobile phones to vehicles.

Have you ever encountered the same problems? Do you know how to carry out memory card photo recovery? Now, don't worry if you don't understand how to recover digital photos -- you'll find an effective way to recover lost photos from digital camera memory card in the following part.

Tip: Don't take any more photos on the SD card once you realize your photos have been deleted. Otherwise, this may cause overwriting and make deleted photos unrecoverable forever.

Solutions for Digital Camera Photo Recovery

When it comes to digital camera photo recovery, we have 3 options:

  • Recover lost photos from backup files.
  • Turn to data recovery companies to recover photos from camera internal memory.
  • Use a professional photo recovery software to restore digital camera photos.

No doubt, the first method is the best choice for us. However, according to a survey, many users don't have backup files. On the other hand, data recovery companies indeed can help users recover photos from camera, but this method has 2 big disadvantages. Users must pay a lot of money on digital camera photo recovery. Besides, users have to bear the risk of privacy leakage in the process of photo recovery.

Now, I guess you might be wondering:

"Is it possible to recover lost photos from digital camera memory card without damaging original data?"

Of course! The answer is positive.

As a matter of fact, if you want to recover deleted photos from SD card without bringing any damage to the original data, you had better choose a professional photo recovery software equipped with high security. If you don't know which one to choose, you can try MiniTool Photo Recovery.

Best Photo Recovery Software - MiniTool Photo Recovery

MiniTool Photo Recovery, a professional and specialized photo recovery software developed by a famous software development company based in Canada, can help you recover lost photos, pictures, and images without affecting the original data because of its high security and excellent performance. This tool can effectively recover lost/deleted photos from different types of digital cameras and various storage devices including hard disk, SD card, USB disk, etc.

Besides, MiniTool Photo Recovery offers clean interfaces as well as straightforward wizards, which can lead users to go through all steps without any difficulty. And, this professional photo recovery software is able to recover photos lost due to many reasons. For instance, it can easily and quickly recover photos from SD card without formatting.

What's more, by using this read-only and excellent photo recovery software, you are able to directly connect your digital camera to PC and then carry out camera photo recovery. Here, let's make a simple table to display what you can recover with MiniTool Photo Recovery.

Recoverable file Types

Graphics & Picture


Audio & Video

MOV, MP4, M4A, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, FLAC, SWF, MP3, MP2, M2TS, MKV,MTS, WAV, AIF, etc.

Supported Devices

Digital Cameras, Memory Cards (SD Cards), USB Drive, Internal & External Hard Drives, and other Portable storage devices
Supported Data Loss Scenarios

Delete photos instead of saving by pressing a wrong button
Accidentally format the device
"Shift + Delete" file without backup
The drive or memory card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now
Unexpected shutdown
Virus or Malware infections
Windows reinstallation
Corrupted and damaged drive

Supported OSs Windows 10/8/7 along with Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, etc.

SEE! I used this tool to recover photos from formatted digital camera memory card with ease.

MiniTool Photo Recovery is an amazing photo recovery software, isn't it? Now, I guess most users want to know the detailed steps about camera photo recovery. Keep reading to find more details about this specialized photo recovery software.

How to Recover Photos from Digital Camera via MiniTool Photo Recovery

Let's begin with a true example:

"I have a Nikon D7000 but recently the memory card is corrupted so I formatted my memory card and I lost all my photos on my Nikon D7000. Anyone who knows what I can do to get the lost photos back to my Nikon D7000? Thanks in advance."

Here, this Nikon user can try the following steps to restore photos from formatted digital camera memory card with ease.

Before you do

1) Download MiniTool Photo Recovery from its main interface.

Free Download

2) Install it on computer.

3) Connect your digital camera to PC. Or, you can remove your SD card from your digital camera, and then connect this card to PC.

4) Launch MiniTool Photo Recovery.

Recover Deleted/Lost Photos from Digital Camera in 3 Steps

Step 1: Click Start in the main interface of MiniTool Photo Recovery to start photo recovery.


Step 2: Select the memory card which is suffering photo loss and then click Scan button located at the lower right corner to begin scanning on the device.

scan memory card

In this window, you can make the professional photo recovery program scan needed files only as long as you use the Settings feature. Here, since you just want to recover pictures or photos, you can check the option "Graphics & Picture" and then scan memory card. You can even only choose needed image file formats like GIF, JPG, and PNG.


If you have scanned the target device, MiniTool Photo Recovery will automatically save the search results. Thus, you can select the "Previous Recovery Result", and click Load button to directly load the scan result. This design helps save plenty of time.

previous recovery result

Step 3: After scanning, all found files are listed in the following window. At this time, preview photos and select all photos you want. After that, click Save button, and click Browse to recover them from digital camera memory card. Here, you'd better save all the selected photos on a different drive or device in case of any data recovery failure.



When all operations are done, you have successfully recovered lost photos.

Sometimes, when saving selected files, users may encounter an error message: "You have reached the file saving limit for the selected files." (As shown below)


This is because that the Unregistered version of MiniTool Photo Recovery can only recover 200 MB files for free. Thus, please upgrade your copy of MiniTool Photo Recovery if you want to recover unlimited photos or videos.

GREAT! Following the steps outlined in this very brief tutorial, I quickly and effectively recovered lost photos from my formatted digital camera memory card without bringing any damage to the original data.Click to Tweet

See! As long as we turn to MiniTool Photo Recovery, we can easily and quickly recover digital cameras photos. But do you know the reasons for photo loss and how to prevent photo loss from your digital camera?

Top 5 Reasons for Digital Camera Photo Loss

1. Human Errors

Believe it or not, human error is one of the most common causes of digital camera photo loss. Normally, there are two kinds of human errors causing photo loss.

Accidental Deletion

People may delete photos instead of saving by pressing wrong button.

Unplanned Formatting of Memory Card

For digital cameras, memory cards are their default data storage devices. Once you format your memory card by mistake, you cannot see your photos in digital camera.

Top Recommendation: How Do I Recover Photo from Formatted SD Card for Free

2. Virus or Malware Infections in The SD Card

Many users like transferring their photos and videos from SD card to their computer, for the storage capacity of SD card is limited. However, if the computer is infected with virus or malware, the SD card gets those infections. As a result, you will suffer data loss problems.

3. Memory Card Corruption

In general, memory card corruption is also one of common reasons responsible for digital photo loss. Pulling the memory card out of the camera without switching the camera off can corrupt its memory card. Ignoring the warnings like "memory card full" causes memory card corruption. Using one memory card in various digital cameras causes severe corruption on the card. Improper ejection of the memory card from the computer while it is working corrupts the memory card.

4. Using Camera in Low Battery

If you use your camera in the low battery mode, your camera may die and the chance of current photo loss is quite possible. Besides, using a camera in low battery mode can also corrupt the memory card.

5. Natural Disasters

In general, natural disasters are the most uncontrollable causes. For instance, you forgot to take out the SD card from your pants and sent it to laundry along with other clothes for washing, leading to failure since the SD card is digital storage media.

How to Avoid Loss of Your Digital Photos

Here are certain recommendations you should be aware of to avoid losing your digital photographs.

  • Never eject a memory card from a working camera.
  • Always monitor the battery charge. Do not use digital camera in low battery mode.
  • Back up photos regularly. Thus, if your data are lost due to various subjective or objective reasons, you can easily and effectively recover digital camera photos from backup files.
  • When ejecting memory card or any other removable device from a computer, you have to use the "safely remove hardware" option. (You can get more information from this post: Do You Really Need to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives?) Otherwise, the operating system may not have time to handle data on the removable device properly. This may lead to the RAW file system issue, and you will get the following message if you access the card in Windows:

You need to format the disk before you can use it. Do you want to format it?

you need to format this disk

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Although digital camera photo loss is inevitable, we can effectively recover lost or deleted photos from digital camera without affecting the original data as long as we use MiniTool Photo Recovery. Now, if you are still suffering digital camera photo loss, you can try using the professional and specialized photo recovery software to recover lost photos from different types of digital cameras like Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Kodak, Leica, Sony, etc.

If you have any question or suggestion about digital camera photo recovery by using MiniTool Photo Recovery, you can write it in the comment section below or send emails to [email protected]. All ideas are welcome.

Digital Camera Photo Recovery FAQ

How do I recover deleted pictures from my digital camera memory card?

As long as the deleted pictures have not been overwritten, you can recover them.

  1. Connect your memory card to PC.
  2. Download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
  3. Lunch MiniTool Power Data Recovery and scan the memory card.
  4. Preview files, check all needed files, and save them in a safe place.
How do I recover photos after formatting?
  1. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
  2. Select the formatted hard drive, click Settings and only check Graphics & Picture.
  3. Scan the formatted hard drive.
  4. Select all the needed photos and store them in a safe place.
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