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FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre General Photography Talk 
Thread started 25 Oct 2013 (Friday) 01:37
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POLL: "Do you use "format" option"
Just normal format (in camera)
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Low level format (in camera)
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10.5%
Never, just delete or move photos
1
5.3%
Occasional format, sometimes forgot
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5.3%

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Low format option - necessary?

 
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Oct 25, 2013 19:07 |  #16

I don't know what you're talking about when you say only low end bodies have low level format and high end bodies don't.

My 5DIII and 1DIV both have this option, in fact their the only bodies I've owned that have it, but they're also the only bodies that have SD card slots that I've owned and low level format is only available for SD cards.




  
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Oct 25, 2013 19:54 |  #17

A low-level format does a security erase of the card, making the photos and videos unrecoverable (at least not without extreme measures that are mostly just theoretical). After a non-low-level format, the card contents can be recovered, in full or mostly, without great difficulty - because the contents are still there, just no longer linked to a FAT or directory.

If we use our imaginations, it is not hard to come up with a number of scenarios where someone needs to get their images and videos off the camera (perhaps onto secure, encrypted storage), and then low-level format the card. Think border crossing, including US border.




  
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