After upgrade to 1.94 I realized that image upload is removing all Exif data from uploaded images. I tried to search for any '->stripImage()' string in the project but no success.
The reason Magento strips metadata is because it poses a security risk, so I would highly recommend against disabling it, but I'll still explain below how you would do it.
How to disable image reprocessing
Instead of just removing EXIF data, as of
Magento 18.104.22.168 it rebuilds the entire image into a new file. The logic for this can be found within the following function
Magento 22.214.171.124 you will also notice in the
validate function there is an early return statement that checks
You can set this to a falsely value through an XML config file, which would remove this additional security measure.
If you really wanted to have the metadata on the new image, I would recommend extending the
validate function. Reading the meta data from the old file with
exif_read_data, applying some manual processing/sanitization on the results and setting it on the new image.