How to Recover Deleted Videos and Photos from Sony Camcorder

Nowadays, people use DSLR camera and camcorder everywhere (like during vacation or at a ceremony) to record the valuable moments in life. Especially many professional photographers and amateurs, they keep massive amount of digital photos and videos in cameras.

Sony, a popular digital camera brands, attracts worldwide users due to its high-definition imaging technology. Sony Camcorder is one of the representative, popular around the globe.

Files Lost from Sony Camcorder

But sometimes, users may be puzzled by files loss from Sony Camcorder because of various reasons, such as careless deletion, formatting or virus infection. Unlike computer device, there is no place like recycle bin to store the deleted files temporarily. So, you would think the deleted files are deleted thoroughly from the device memory.

Actually, deleted videos and photos are not really deleted completely. They are just invisible but recoverable until they are overwritten by new files. So, you have chance to recover deleted videos and photos from Sony camcorders with a reliable video recovery program.

This post will introduce a free tool to help you solve the issue of Sony Camcorder data loss. Go on reading please.

Best Digital Media Recovery Software for Sony Camcorder

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a professional tool for data recovery not only from computer hard drive, but also from USB flash drive, SD card and memory card of external device. It enables you to restore deleted, as well as lost images and videos from Sony Camcorder perfectly.

First download and install it on your Windows computer. Then follow the steps below to learn how to recover deleted videos and photos from Sony Camcorder.

Preparation: Connect your camcorder with the computer or take out the SD card from the camera, insert into a card reader – then plug into your computer.

Step 1. Open MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Launch this software to get the main interface. Find you memory of Sony Camcorder in the partitions list.

Step 2. Scan Sony Camcorder SD

You can see four main recovery categories on left column. Here we choose Removable Disk Drive to recover deleted digital files from Sony Camcorder. Select target memory card can click Scan to begin.

Minitool power data recovery free edition software

Then click the scan button at the bottom, which will make the software start scanning the SD card you inserted for all videos and photos in it.

Step 3. Finally Recover your valuable Videos and Photos

After waiting, the scan process should be complete. Check the results for the deleted videos/photos. Check the folders listed by file type, or use the quicker method: Find, Filter, Preview, or Show Lost Files, with which you can find needed files faster.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Scan


When all needed files are picked out, click Save and appoint a destination folder to store them. Be careful that do not save the recovered files to your Sony Camcorder memory again to avoid data overwritten. You’d better keep them in computer hard drive or other external storage devices.

The free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery allows you to recover data up to 1GB for free. So, if the total amount of data you need to recover exceeds 1GB, an advanced version is suggested so that you can recover data as much as you want.

Some Video and Photo Formats Sony Camcorder Supported

Some common formats that Sony Camcorders support include MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S format: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 and AVCHD format: MPEG4-AVC/H.264.

ARW, a common raw image file format, is uncompressed and large-sized. The file extensions of raw image files are usually .arw, .srf, sr2. When you edit and export them from Sony device, the size will get smaller with formats like GIF, JPG and PNG.


This post mainly introduces an effective way to recover deleted videos and photos from Sony Camcorder with a third-party file recovery program – MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Of course, except for digital camera, it can be used in many other storage devices.

To keep your digital files safe, it is necessary to make backups regularly to other storage locations or using Cloud. Bear in mind that backing up files is much easier than performing data recovery. Hope it will work for you. Thanks for reading.


Author biography: Cassie, an editor works in MiniTool Solutions Ltd, which is a dedicated software development company. With over 4-year writing experience, she mainly writes article about files recovery and disk management. In spare time, she enjoys fishing, cooking and watching movies.

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