Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?

Started Sep 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?
In reply to marvin t martian, Sep 30, 2013

Many consumer external drives are formatted with NTFS or HFS+. These file systems are much more complex than the FAT or exFAT file systems used on flash memory cards.

Engineering a camera to write to NTFS would not be an insurmountable problem but it would be a non-trivial project to develop and would require non-trivial hardware to implement.

Actually, it should be trivial because full-featured NTFS drivers are readily available for almost any conceivable platform. But they might as well stick to FAT and simply leave it up to the user to either obtain a FAT-formatted external drive or to reformat it himself. There are plenty of partitioning and formatting tools available that the camera manufacturer could refer users to.

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