Pros / The interface is easy for first-time users to navigate.

Cons / It failed to recover any vector images in our tests.

 Verdict / Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is easy for people of any skill level to use and has decent recovery success rates, except in regard to vector images.

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is among the best photo recovery software you can buy. It is easy to use, even for novice users, and has no trouble recovering JPG files as well as other raster images quickly.

In our tests, we simulated the most common data loss scenario on multiple drive types and averaged the results. The scenario is this: You either accidentally or purposely delete a photo and then empty the recycle bin. In this test, the image recovery software rescued 100 percent of JPGs, the most common format. It recovered 99 percent of other raster image formats, including GIFs, TIFFs, PNGs and BMPs. This is nearly 30 percentage points above the category average.

Stellar Phoenix recorded a recovery rate of 60 percent for production images and 45 percent for raw formats, both of which are above average. However, it failed to successfully retrieve any vector files. If you need to recover vector files, consider Remo Recover.

The second portion of our testing simulated data loss that occurs when you reformat a drive. We tested this on multiple drive types and averaged the results. As in the lost file tests we ran, the biggest concern in this test scenario was the 0 percent recovery rate for any kind of vector image. Though the average person won’t be as concerned with this as with JPGs, this is something to consider if you use vector images.

On a positive note, the image recovery tool easily retrieved all other images at above-average rates. The 92 percent recovery rate for general raster images is almost 40 percent above average. The software’s recovery rate for production images in this scenario was 40 percent, which was the third-highest rate for these images in our tests. And its recovery rate for camera images was 24 percent, which was the second-highest. So, while this picture recovery software failed to retrieve vector images, it recovered all other formats at an excellent rate.

One of the best features of this photo recovery software is its ease of use. The installation process was quick and simple, and its intuitive, modern design seamlessly guides you through scanning and recovering. Not only is everything clearly labeled, but it’s one of the few programs that recovers many of the original file names, which makes the post-recovery stage of organizing your reclaimed photos much easier.

The software has an impressively fast scan speed but a sluggish recovery speed. The eventual output was none the worse for wear, but we always prefer the convenience of faster results.

One of the best features of the program is its digital camera recovery feature. Digital cameras often allow you to take pictures with a camera raw format, which are uncompressed images that contain all of the information that the image sensors capture. These images are proprietary formats to their manufacturer, and are difficult for many other applications of this kind to recognize.

The software developer offers customer support via phone, email or live chat. It also hosts online informational resources such as manuals and a knowledgebase on its website.

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Soho is one of the best photo recovery software applications available, combining exceptional ease of use with strong overall performance. Aside from vector images, its recovery rates for every image type were excellent. The high number of camera raw formats it recognizes helps make the software a good option for novice and professional photographers alike.

  • Average Scan Speed
  • Average Recover Speed
  1. The higher numbers equal a faster speed.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 2  Stellar Phoenix
    209.0 GB
  3. 17.0 GB
  4. 44.0 GB
  5. Category Average
    120.2 GB
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Specifications and Benchmarks

Ease of Use



Direct Support
Phone, Email

Digital Camera Recovery

Nikon (NEF, NRW)
Canon (CGM, CR2, CRW)
Panasonic (RAW, RW2)
Sony (SR2, ARW)
Polaroid (X3F)
Samsung (SRW)
Olympus (ORF)
Kodak (DCR, KDC)
Epson (ERF)
Fuji (RAF)

Lost File & Reformatted Drive Recovery

Average Scan Speed (GB/hr)
209 GB/hr
Average Recover Speed (GB/hr)
28 GB/hr
JPEG Images
Other Raster Images
Vector Images