Photos Recovery When Mac Doesn’t Recognize Camera

Why Aren’t Some Cameras Recognized in Finder?

Many cameras do not show up in Finder as the newer camera do not have the option in their menu to it as “mass storage”, hence Mac fails to recognize when connected. There is a way to check if your camera is recognized by Mac or not. But, even after following the method, if your still unable access your photos, then it might be because your photos are corrupted or damaged. Let’s see the cases one by one.

Access Photos and Videos Through iPhotos

  • Connect your camera with USB cable that came along with it to your Mac
  • Turn on your camera and make sure it is set to proper mode
  • If iPhotos app isn’t open already, it opens automatically in import view unless you have different preference settings. Your camera will appear in the source list
  • iPhotos by default splits photos into different Events while importing. If you do not want the Events to be created automatically you can uncheck the Split Events
  • Now, to import the new photos or videos from iPhotos, click import button that shows the number of photos or videos
  • To import a set of photos, select photos individually by pressing Command button when clicking every photo’s thumbnail and click ‘Import Selected’
  • Once the import process is over, you can safely eject your camera by control-clicking the name of your camera and click Unmount
  • Turn-off your camera and remove it from your Mac

If iPhotos doesn’t detect your camera, then it probably is corrupted or damaged. In this situation, using a professional photo recovery tool for Mac is the only solution. But for that you first have to make your detectable by Mac.

How to Make Your Camera Get Detected by Mac?

  • Connect your camera to Mac with the USB cable which comes along with camera when you purchase
  • Navigate to Utilities from Finder and open System Information
  • On the left side of System Information window, click on Hardware section. Click small triangle next to it to see the hardware list
  • From the list click USB. This will show the Tree of connected USB devices. Inspect the tree for your camera’s name. if it’s there, then your Mac does recognize the camera

Note: You first have to connect the camera, turn it on and then open System Information. It only scans the devices after running it. If you run System Information first and then attach the camera, you’ll not see it in the list.

Software to get back photos from unrecognized Camera on Mac:

Once your camera is detected, you can make use of Yodot Mac Photo Recovery Software to retrieve photos, videos and audio files from camera. It allows to recover photos of specific file type, by mentioning its file extension in the signature search box. This program can easily run on latest OS X machines starting from Mac Leopard OS. On the other hand, you can use Windows version of this tool to get back deleted videos on Windows phone, Smart cards, pen drive and other storage devices. And what more, it can easily restore RAW file formats without causing any file damage.

Guide to Retrieve Photos from Undetected Camera On Mac:

  • Download and install Yodot Mac Photo Recovery Utility, connect your camera to the computer and run the application
  • Select “Lost Photos” and then select your device from the list of drives. Now, the software scans the device for the lost photos
  • The recovered photos will be displayed in a tree, preview them and save it to your desired location

Simple Tips:

  • Buy a quality SD card for your camera
  • Always eject the device safely