Mac Digital Camera Photo Video Recovery (Free for 2GB Recovery)

You may be wondering how to recover digital camera photos on Mac. Downloading EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to perform free digital camera photo video recovery on Mac is a wise way, which requires only three simple steps.

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Every professional photographer needs a camera, and every family owns a camera to take photos and record videos. Usually, a camera's images are kept on a memory card. The most popular memory card choices for digital cameras are found to be SD card, SDHC card and SDXC card of SanDisk, Lexar, Transcend, Samsung and Sony. Any memory card has its potential risks to be able to preserve data permanently. It's likely to develop corruption issues, for example. How should you react to picture loss caused by mistaken deletion, SD card formatting, or SD card blank error when previewing or exporting photos from a camera's SD card to a Mac? Here's the Mac camera photo video recovery process infographic you can follow.

camera photo video recovery infographic

To sum up, the standard procedure to fully get back your photos and videos on a camera's SD card include: [1] take good care of the lost files by not touching your camera any longer; [2] take the right measures to connect the camera's SD card to your Mac; [3] find a capable Mac photo recovery tool to scan and recover the lost files.

First, Connect the Camera SD Card to Mac

Do not keep the camera running once your found any SD card issue or data loss on it. Power off your camera at first and then carefully eject the SD card. According to your Mac model, you can choose to directly insert the SD card into the SD slot or need an adapter.

These Mac models have an SDXC card slot:

  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2021
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2011 through 2015
  • Mac mini introduced in 2011 through 2014
  • 13-inch MacBook Air models introduced in 2013 through 2017
  • 27-inch iMac models introduced in 2010 or later
  • 21.5-inch iMac models introduced in 2010 or later

If you don't find an SD slot on your device, you can connect the camera's SD card to Mac using a USB-C to SD card reader.

usb-c to sd card reader

Second, Download Photo Recovery Software

What's camera photo recovery software dependable? You can google, read product reviews and comparisons, and listen to the advice of your experienced colleagues and friends. Despite that, it's still necessary to judge by yourself according to the four vital factors.

  • Reputation: Trustpilot rating is trustworthy to determine a software's reputation of efficiency and support, and Wikipedia is the other source to check the founder, brand, and product's objective and factual information.
  • Free Trial: It ought to offer you at least a free trial version, which allows you to preview the scanned photos and videos before purchasing the license.
  • Compatibility: It should support a variety of cameras' RAW image format, and the commonly-used formats like JPEG, TIFF, DNG, GIF, BMP, PSD and so on.
  • Repair corrupted photos & videos: Many camera users saw their missing photos and videos are found by some data recovery program, however, recovered files won't open after recovery. It's because the lost data has been partially overwritten or corrupted, and most data recovery software is unable to do the repair.

On top of that, it'll be an added bonus to have responsible, trained, and patient customer service. Regarding the concerning factors to choose a reliable and capable data recovery application, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can meet your demand. 

It's been serving in the market for over a decade. When you google the best Mac data recovery software for cameras, it always ranks on the top, which is highly praised by real customers and website reviewers. It goes fully compatible with macOS Monterey, Big Sur, and all other earlier versions, and the advanced scan algorithm technology implemented in the software makes it possible to recover all lost images and videos and even repair those with a corruption issue before you click Recovery.

Here's the detailed guide about:

Next, Scan and Recover Lost Photos and Videos on Mac

Both free and trial versions are available. If you decide to download the application, we think you can start with the EaseUS Mac free data recovery at first, which can let you recover up to 2GB files for free. It's a 3-step procedure to run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to perform camera SD card recovery on a Macbook Pro, iMac or Macbook Air.

Step 1. Select the SD card

  • Correctly connect your memory card to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.
  • Go to "SD Card Recovery", find your Canon/Nikon/Go Pro/DJI/Sony SD card, and click "Search for lost files".

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your SD card to avoid further data loss. After backing up the SD card, the software can recover data from your SD card backup, and you can remove the SD card and use it again.

select a location and scan for lost SD card data

Step 2. Filter lost SD card data

After the scan, all files will be presented in the left panel in the scan results. Find wanted photos, videos, and other files.

filter lost data on your SD card

Step 3. Preview and recover data

Preview the SD card data and select the wanted files. Then, click the "Recover" button. Don't save the recoverable files to the SD card itself in case of data overwriting.

recover data from SD card Mac

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Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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