Determine date when an image was taken

What is the best way to check the date of when a photo was taken with a digital camera. Are there tags in the jpg that I can use to determine the time the photo was taken, how do I check them? Or do I have to check when the image file was last edited and how do I do that?
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kristoferAsked:
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StillUnAwareCommented:
Here, it looks like I found the document which explains the Exif file format, usually used by photo cameras and which is used in this case:

http://park2.wakwak.com/~tsuruzoh/Computer/Digicams/exif-e.html
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StillUnAwareCommented:
The jpeg image format itself does not contain the creation date information nor any other date information.
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kristoferAuthor Commented:
Ok, but there has to be atleast optional tags added by digital cameras because the camera knows and also when I check the jpeg in a text editor it contains dates...

Extract from jpeg:

ÿØÿá8EExif  II*         ’       ²   
   Ê              Ø       à   (       1          è   2             i‡        OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO.,LTD C120,D380     H      H      v571u-76                        2006:05:14 15:35:14 
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StillUnAwareCommented:
Then can You provide the exact camera model?
I'd recommend to browse their web pages for optional fields, but that may be a little bit difficult
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kristoferAuthor Commented:
thanks for the comments, knowing it was exif format I found the thread:
http://forum.java.sun.com/thread.jspa?forumID=31&threadID=627234

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