@Perstock - We did have an inexpensive waterproof Fuji for the kids, but it turned out to not be tough enough to withstand a night at the bottom of a hot tub on our last ski trip :) To be honest, I'm not sure how they did delete all the images - the Olympus OM-D I use does not have an erase all when you delete, you have to go into the menus and actually pick that option to format a card...
omg I would have been in a panic! I learned long ago the kids have their own camera.. period! lol and the joke in the family is my daughter has NEVER made it home with vacation PHOTOS.. OR THE CAMERA. TO THIS DAY, there is a camera sitting at the arch in St Louis, at a bar in the Bahamas and most likely on a ledge on the mountain in Rocky mountain Park. deep sigh. we still don't buy her expensive cameras.. and she is now 30! So glad you were able to recover most of the images!
What a welcome home from a nice family vacation:) Your images turned out great--I am glad you could save them.
FYI, Rescue Pro also works with a memory card go bad. When I returned from Hawaii in February and popped a memory card into the computer, lightroom couldn't see any images. The card had gone bad (and it wasn't even a year old). Rescue Pro came to the rescue. It took a long time for it to work, but it saved every image on the card.
Currently my primary cameras are a Fuji X-Pro2 and a Fuji X-T2.
@Adeliepenguin - thanks, it does work surprisingly well! I also found that it found a bunch of images and movie clips from a kids hockey tournament back in February - so I won't be fooled into thinking that formatting the card in the camera actually cleans out the bits on the card to make it empty :)