Batch Rename Digital Camera Pictures

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 16, 2008
Updated • May 18, 2015
Image, Software

All digital cameras that I have used in the past use a cryptic naming scheme for photos captured with them.

When you copy the pictures from the digital camera to your computer you will have a bunch of files on your hard drive like CIMG0001.jpg, CIMG0002.jpg and so on and it's quite hard to find out where and when the image was taken and what is shown on it without opening it.

While you could ensure that this is less of an issue by using descriptive folder names, it may take some time to create those depending on the size of the collection.

The CIMG files are created by my Casio Exilim EX-Z700 digital camera and other cameras uses other naming schemes.

They do have those cryptic names in common though. This may be even more problematic if the same name is used multiple times throughout the live of the camera.

It takes a long time to rename photos manually and that is why programs like Nameexif will become increasingly popular.

Nameexif is a software to batch rename pictures taken with your digital camera. When you start it up you are asked to select one or multiple files and folders that you want processed automatically by the program.

It loads all photos found in the folders and lists the total number of photos found in all folders that you have selected. Please note that it will load pictures regardless of how they are named as it does not restrict the loading to camera-specific naming schemes.

A click on next displays the processing configuration menu. There you can customize the renaming scheme. If you want, you can pick the default selection which uses date and time for the name.

You may add custom text to the name though which can be useful if you have selected a folder full of photos taken at a specific location or even. For instance, you could add holiday-2015 or anniversary to the output name.

A click on next processes all listed photos based on your specification. The processing is quick and errors are echoed to you right away by the program.


NameExif is a handy photo rename program for Windows. It is easy to use and fast, but lacks some advanced features like adding folder names automatically to the file name that renaming programs often offer.

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  1. Den said on February 10, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    This program may be very good, but it’s possible to use any other renamer for this purpose. For ex. Professional renamer.

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