MyGearVault Helps You Organize, Secure, and Insure Your Photo and Video Gear in One App

Most photographers have a ton of gear, making it difficult to keep track of it all, which can lead to costly mistakes. Today, Jared Polin of FroKnowsPhoto released MyGearVault, a one-stop app for inputting, tracking, and insuring your gear.

If you're not insuring your gear, you're playing with fire. At the very least, you should have a list of all your gear, its serial numbers, and purchase info in case it's ever stolen (but really, you should be insuring it). MyGearVault is Polin's solution to the tedious problem of keeping an up-to-date database of all one's photography and videography equipment. The app is pretty straightforward: to begin, you simply input gear via the "Add" button. Almost all common gear is available in the database, so you can quickly select the relevant item, categorize it, take a picture of your receipt and serial number, and organize further by adding it to a "Kit," which is a group you designate as a sub-organization of your overall kit.

From there, you can easily get an overview of all your gear, its total value, and your specific "kits."

In addition to cataloging your gear, you can also purchase insurance for it through the app. If your gear is ever stolen, simply mark it as such in the app, and it'll flag those serial numbers in the database in case someone else tries to register them. Other features include the ability to export a spreadsheet of all your gear and a passcode option for the app. Altogether, it seems like a very convenient and capable method of tracking and protecting your gear.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I like it. Looking forward to the Android version.


Where and how is the data stored? This could be a potential godsend for gear chiefs, if the security is not strong enough ...

This looks interesting. I have two film cameras, one bought new in 1980 (Canon A-1), and another bought used in 2013 (Canon New F-1). I did buy a DSLR in 2013 that should be in the list.
I've used Evernote to keep an inventory of my camera gear: bodies, lenses, flash, filters, motor drives, etc.

FWIW: Having insurance on your gear is a must, but make sure you know & understand what you're buying. Being able to quickly replace stolen gear is the difference between lost gear and lost jobs. Hard learned lesson on my part.