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I don't want to save anything—just wipe out the Roll like one would reformat a digital camera's memory card. Is there any easy non-computer route? If there aren't any system settings, do any apps do this?

Assume I have too many to delete individually (1,000+).

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Why don't you just delete them via the photos app? –  Tanner Jun 29 '12 at 5:45

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I'm afraid there isn't an easy way to do so. As far as I know, there is no app which can do what you want... So I've come up with two alternative solutions.

The most easy one is to connect your iPhone to your Mac, launch Image Capture (which comes by default on your Mac), select all the photos and delete them. Here is a tutorial how to do so.

You can do this on your iPhone as well, without a Mac, but you'll have to do it manually. Which isn't a grateful job if you've got over a 1,000 photos...

Open the camera app, hit the upper-right icon (share), tap all the photos you want to delete (they are marked with a red check-icon) and then hit delete.

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Great tip about using Image Capture! –  Senseful Jul 9 '12 at 4:30
Ok, this worked great, thanks. Not complaining, just asking, when I sync my phone and iPhoto offers to import/delete, why isn't this already taken care of? How is this set of photos not already gone? –  JoeTaxpayer May 23 '13 at 20:26

There is no feature to do this with one tap.

If you didn't want to connect to another device to delete like a computer, you could massage an iCloud backup.

Exclude the camera roll, back up everything else and restore from the backup. It's not ideal, but you can also use the forward/email/file/delete functionality to mass delete photos.

Just select a whole bunch (I just did 50) and delete them. It's faster than I expected to tap all 20 visible thumbnails and scroll down.

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