How to read Exif data from your image files

Update 08/17/2009: I have just posted a guide that is a bit more extensive on exif data. You may want to read the new article for more information.

Antony Pranata offers a very nice tip on Exif data on his blog which might be good for camera phone and digital camera users alike.

Exif data is metadata stored in JPEG and TIFF image files by digital cameras. It allows you to view the settings used for taking the picture, including the camera model, aperture, focal length, exposure, flash used and a lot more.

Exif data as seen in Windows XP
Exif data as seen in Windows XP

A subset of Exif data is readable by the Windows XP operating system. Simply right-click on the file, go to Properties and then in the Summary tab, pick Advanced. As you can see from the picture, some information is missing, such as the flash used.

Under Mac OS X, you can view Exif data with the Finder. Simply do a Get Info on a file and expand the More Info section.

Alternatively, you can use a free program such as Exif Reader (WinXP only) for retrieving Exif information from a file to obtain information not displayed in the file properties of your operating system.

Source: Displaying Exif Information from JPEG Images

pacuna February 16, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Thank you very much, that was very useful.

I’m trying to open some sort of photoblog, but nothing professional, and this helped me a lot :P


Manolis Kroussaniotakis April 22, 2007 at 1:47 am

On Mac OS X 10.3.9 I do not see any “more info” in Get Info in the Finder- am I missing something? Also, iPhoto shows lots of Exif data, except comments, at least from my Nikon D40, where I have added my initials and phone number. However, under Photoshop CS, if you go under File, and Info, you can expand the section on comments and see it there.

Don don August 5, 2008 at 5:11 am

There is online tool for that
you can read or remove EXIF with that

Hanid September 9, 2009 at 6:02 am

Nice post.

Exif information you can also read using some online tools, for example this one is a fast one

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