Bonish Photo wrote:They also make different quality of each. I've read a few articles in Outdoor Photographer about Gold Plated DVD's that are supposed to be strictly for photo storing, but I dont know if it is worth the cost.
you know, there are companies out there that claim to make DVD for photo storing and other for Music storing but at the end of the day, data is data.
Data is recorded in pits on a dvd, just a sequence of 1's and 0's; the above is just a marketing ploy.
Now, little different for those discs with gold layers (yes, much more expensive than regular 35 cents DVD's); the difference is not that they store photos better than anything else (again: data is data in the eyes of a computer), but they are certified to last longer. It all depends on you. Regular DVD's have shown in lab tests that they last around 100 years so maybe those gold DVD's last 200 years. If you ask me, 100 years from now the DVD format won't exist anymore and by then I will have backed-up my photos many times.