Pros / It recognized every camera raw format except one.
Cons / It recovered only 50 percent of the JPGs in every test.
Verdict / Since it recognizes most camera raw formats, this software may be attractive to serious photographers. However, it has subpar recovery rates for almost every file type.
According to the developer, Wondershare Photo Recovery can rescue your photos, movies and music from viruses, crashes, accidental deletion and other data loss scenarios. This photo recovery software allows you to preview your images before you initiate the recovery, so you don't have to recover every photo if you just want a few. While the installation and recovery stages are exceptionally easy to get through, the scanning step of the process is a bit more complicated than it is with most image recovery software.
In our tests, Wondershare's recovery rates were underwhelming. We simulated two data loss scenarios on an HDD, SSD and SD card. The first test was for lost files – a situation where the file is no longer accessible in the file directory. The second test simulated data loss from a reformatted drive. In every test, Wondershare posted below-average recovery rates, though it did recognize most of the camera raw formats.
The biggest downside to Wondershare Photo Recovery is its 50 percent recovery rate for JPGs in both tests. This is the most commonly used image format for photos, which makes it the most important format for image recovery software to be able to rescue. While the 50 percent recovery rate is impressive compared to the 7 percent recovery rate of free photo recovery software, it doesn't compare to the best photo recovery software. For reference, seven of the products we tested posted a 100 percent recovery rate for JPGs.
This software didn't fare well with other formats either. In both tests, it recorded a 50 percent recovery rate for other raster formats – GIF, TIF, PNG and BMP. It recovered 32 percent of the production images and failed to recover a single vector image. It recovered 19 percent of the camera raw images in the lost file test, which is 24 percent below the average in our test. On a slightly positive note, it recovered 23 percent of the camera raw images in the reformatted drive test. That was its only recovery rate that was above average, albeit by only 3 percent.
The best note to come out of the testing was the software recognizing all but one of the camera raw images. It may not have recovered a high percentage of the camera raw images, but this picture recovery software proved that it could recognize every camera raw format except X3F, which is the propriety format Polaroid uses. This makes it great photo recovery software for serious photographers recovering data from the memory cards in their DSLR cameras.
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Wondershare Photo Recovery recognizes camera raw formats better than most photo recovery apps we reviewed, but its overall recovery rates are subpar. The biggest disappointment is its poor recovery of JPG photos, which is the most ubiquitous image format. This image recovery software is best for serious photographers looking to recover camera raw images.