Losing a camera, by theft or misplacing it, can be a very sad experience for many of us. Not only is the camera lost, but losing those valuable and personal pictures that may still be in the camera can cause an untold amount of misery. Posting pictures or ads on Craigslist probably won’t get you anywhere, but now there are some internet sites to the rescue.
Cameratrace.com uses a spider search technology to look for images taken with any certain camera. Currently their database contains over 11,000,000 cameras and is still growing. If your camera has been stolen, Cameratrace offers an online system for filing a police report. If your camera is simply misplaced, lost and found tags can help. The tag provides a special web address where the finder can enter a code and communicate with you anonymously. The key benefit to this site is copyright protection. Cameratrace provides links to pages were your photos are being shown. The cost for these services is a one-time $10.00 charge.
CameraFound.com is a camera recovery site for those folks who have found a camera. The site includes a world map of where the camera was found as well as the ability to upload some of the pictures to help identify the owner and camera details.
Here’s a great idea to help someone to find you if your camera is lost. Take a photo of a sheet of paper with your name, address, telephone number and email address with your camera. Mark the photo as protected so it cannot be deleted. If someone finds your camera and scans through the photos, they will find this picture and return of the camera will be easy. I found this tip at http://content.photojojo.com/tips/12-alternative-uses-for-camera/.
So remember these tips if you lose or find a camera. Someone is anxiously searching and waiting to hear from you.