I recently came across this article which documents how a photographer tracked down his $15k worth of stolen gear by identifying images set with his copyright in the metadata.

I would like to do the same with my Nikon D5200, but there is no Copyright Information in my Setup menu as I've read to do on Nikon Cameras.

Some have recommended adding "Copyright John Smith" to the Image Comment section in the Setup Menu, but does that actually accomplish the same thing in the EXIF data?


I enabled Image Comment and see that it does store the information in the EXIF data:

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Every camera have different setting for such settings.

For example, on Canon DSLR:

Canon Copyright Info

On Nikon DSLR:

Nikon Copyright Info

On some camera it's called image comment:

Nikon D5200 EXIF

Every camera have different layout so you might want to refer to the manual. Are you using point-to-shoot? Chances are the device doesn't have the option.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The Nikon D5200 does not have a Copyright Information subsection in the Setup menu. Thanks though. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 19, 2016 at 12:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ I found your model, check the section called image comment. I mis-seen the title... \$\endgroup\$
    – KohGeek
    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ That was part of the question. I'm not sure if "Image Comment" acts in the same way as "Copyright Information." \$\endgroup\$ Apr 19, 2016 at 12:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ It does, both of the section involves injecting EXIF data into the image. Albeit in a different section, but can still be extracted. \$\endgroup\$
    – KohGeek
    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ If it's just an image comment, you could add Copyright: at the start of your name, so anyone viewing the metadata will be able to clearly see what the name means \$\endgroup\$ Apr 19, 2016 at 14:06

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