Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsCameras · 2 months ago

Can you see what has been recorded on a camera if it is no sd card?

Can you see what has been recorded on a camera if it is no sd card? I have a 20 dollars action camera from amazon and I was wondering if you can still see the stuff the has been recorded on it even if there is no SD Card. I am going to return it, so will someone be able to use some software to see the recorded videos?

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  • 2 months ago

    All of your answers are in the instructions that were packed with the camera.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Action camera?  If there is no memory card slot and only a USB port, try connecting the camera to a computer and see if it comes up in the file manager (windows explorer or mac finder). If it does, you might be able to see if there are videos stored in the internal memory. It's rare though. Most action cams record to SD cards.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Unless it has internal memory, then no image is stored if there is no memory card. Some camera will show you a picture you have just taken if there is no memory card, but only briefly since the image will not be stored. 

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No.  Just like if you remove your hard drive from your computer, you can't see what was on the hard drive.  The data is not stored anywhere else other than the SD car.  Okay, technically the data first is put into the camera's buffer, but that  buffer is cleared once the power is turned off.  So no.  You can't recover any data from the camera alone.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Very few cameras these days have any internal storage.

    It’s very easy for you to find out about your camera: make sure that there is no SD card in the camera and then turn the camera on.

    Then press the image playback button. If there are no images shown or maybe just an error message stating “no SD card” or similar, then the camera has no images stored.

    If it does show images then delete them all, and to ensure that nobody can recover them take a load of photos of, say, a blank piece of paper or maybe your floor. Those images will overwrite any previously taken photos. After that just erase those photos again and you can be certain that nobody without very advanced and hugely expensive forensic data recovery software will be able to recover your images. 

    Note that if the camera has internal memory then simply deleting the images or even reformatting the memory will not erase the image data.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Generally, NO!

    The camera's internal memory is, generally, used only for program data. 

    The actual imaging is saved to the Card, or in a few cameras to the Cloud.

     Cloud saving or instant web streaming is important if you might lose the camera (seized or damaged).

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    All consumer-level digital cameras have some internal memory, but it is limited. So some of your images/video might be there, but not much.

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