Find Out Which EXIF Data Is Saved By Your Digital Camera

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2012
Image, Software, Windows

If you own a digital camera you may or may not know that it saves so called EXIF data - or tags - along with the photos that you take with it. Common tags used are the camera manufacturer and model, the data, time and location the photo was taken, or the compression and exposure. Security and privacy conscious users may want to find out which information are saved by their digital camera or smartphone, to avoid leaking information that they want to keep private.

While it is usually not a problem to reveal the camera model or orientation, information like the photo's location, or date and time, might be.

Exif Data View

Exif Data View is a free portable program by Nir Sofer for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Use the File > Open File option in the program window to load a photo into the application. The program parses the photo and displays all EXIF data in the program interface.

The property IDs are displayed in the upper half of the screen, the actual output both in the upper and lower half.  The most important columns in the upper half are the property name and value, which reveal the important information.  All you need to do now is to go through the rows one by one to look at the data that your camera saves when you take a picture with it.

You can export information in txt, csv or xml files, or generate a HTML report that is listing selected or all tags in a single file. The program cannot modify or delete EXIF information.  Check Out Remove Metadata From JPEG And PNG to find out how to remove the information from jpg or png files.

ExifDataView doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - ExifDataView.exe
After running ExifDataView.exe, you can open a .jpg file by using the 'Open File' option (Ctrl+O) or by dragging the .jpg file from Explorer into the main window of ExifDataView. After opening the .jpg file, the list of all Exif properties are displayed in the upper pane of ExifDataView. When selecting a single Exif property on the upper pane, the lower pane displays the content of the selected property as Hex Dump.

You can also select one or more Exif properties in the upper pane, and then copy them to the clipboard and paste them into Excel, or save them into text/csv/xml/html file by using the 'Save Selected Items' option (Ctrl+S)

EXIF Data View can be downloaded from the Nirsoft website. The program is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.


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  1. Alf said on April 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Can’t I see the same data (clearer) in Windows (Vista)’s Properties/Details?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 10, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Alf good point. I do not think that Vista is listing all of the information though (but the most important ones are there).

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