I went out today and took over 75 photos with my Nikon Coolpix P100, but I didn't have a memory card in my camera. I'm now unable to retrieve any of the photos - is there any way to recover them?

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    \$\begingroup\$ is this a joke? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 24, 2015 at 21:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ unfortunately no. see here: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/35363/… \$\endgroup\$
    – MikeW
    Jun 24, 2015 at 21:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ As far as I remember, every camera I've used puts up a huge warning on the screen when you take photos without a memory card inserted. Do Nikon Coolpix cameras not do this? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 26, 2015 at 1:44

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Unfortunately for you, cameras these days don't come with any form of "internal" memory1 so if you didn't have a memory card in your camera, your photos are lost forever. Sorry about that.

  1. Or if they do, it's so limited that it may as well be none.
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for adding a footnote to a one sentence answer plus a heartfelt sorry. :-P :-D \$\endgroup\$
    – TFuto
    Jun 25, 2015 at 10:51

According to the manual for your camera it has approximately 43MB of internal storage.

This is unlikely to be able to store the number of pictures you took but, if the instructions in the manual are followed, you may be able to retrieve at least some of the missing pictures.

Page 24 of the manual states that any images on the internal memory can only be accessed if no memory card is installed. So if you installed a card into the camera before trying to retrieve the images, you will need to remove the card to see if anything was stored in the internal memory.

Good luck.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The pdf you are linking is not working, but here is a link that might help. manualslib.com/manual/111301/Nikon-Coolpix-P100.html?page=127 \$\endgroup\$
    – Rafael
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ weirdly - if you just wait, the manual does eventually appear - and I'd rather leave the link pointing at the Nikon site. \$\endgroup\$
    – db9dreamer
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:48

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