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Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

Hello, I have a great deal of photos on my Iphone that I am contemplating to use DropBox. Archiving is very important to me with original creation dates. If I use the Camere Upload app, will the photo uploaded to Dropbox have the original creation date and other meta data (camera used, gps info). It is very important that I have the original creation date on my pictures and have this file be accessible on my other devices.

In Mac and MS Windows, if I move a file (cut/cop), the creation date is preserved. If I copy a file, the creation date becomes the date when the file was copied. So in the Camera Upload app am I copying or moving? Or I can do both?

-Andy

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

This has not changed and, with the upcoming changes to the way photos are handled, I don't see this changing anytime soon.

 

The modified date will always be the date that the file was uploaded. Your photos still retain the date that they were taken within the EXIF data of the file. That information, however, is not displayed on Dropbox.

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay - are you still having issues?




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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I also have a similar problem.

Where can I see the creation date of a photo in dropbox?

At the list view, i see the last modified date but I need to see the creation date.

Is it possible?

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I just started moving photos from my Mac and an external hard drive. But am not seeing the photo creation date. That's how I sort all of my photos and have for years. Please tell me there is a way to see that data in DropBox...

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

Hi, I also have this issue. In Photos folder we must have to see the creation date of photos (better ir we can choose any metadata do show in list, like a real file manager).

I know this date is accessed by Carousel, so this information is still in photo file uploaded/transfered to Dropbox.

I need this because I like to organize photos by date and create subfolders to put them. It is impossible to do this directly in Dropbox because this lack of "file manager" facility, like we find in Google Drive, for example.

By the way, I am trying to move all my files (including photos) from Google Drive to Dropbox (1Tb account), but these file management features must be implemented..

Thank you in advance...

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I am having the same issue, my company has a Business Account with virtually limitless storage. I have moved "old" files into an Archive file to save but not be current on everyones hard drive but when moved/copied files take on copy/move date. Is there anyway to interrogate file to get the original creation date? This information is very important to my company

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I am in the same boat as Doug K.  My company is migrating files into DropBox for business but on a test run, I note that the original creation date is modified to the date of the file move, not the original date.  This information is extremely important to our processes.

Is there a way to migrate files and retain actual creation dates?

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I am also having the same problem for a long time.  My camera uploads are not sorted in the same way they were taken as Dropbox uploads the files and use the date/time they were uploaded, not the original date/time they were taken.

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I'm surprised there has been no answer on this issue. It's absolutely critical for me to have the actual file creation dates preserved and viewable in Dropbox, instead of being replaced by the date it was uploaded to Dropbox. 

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Re: Camera Upload- Preserve Original Photo creation Dates?

I have same issue - any updates? Thanks!!
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