Unlock RAW (and More) on Low-End Canon Cameras

Linux.com has an intriguing post up about replacing the firmware on low-end Canon cameras that share the “DIGIC II” image processing chip with Canon’s higher-end DSLRs with the “CHDK” software that unlocks the RAW format (as well as other high-end features). There are definitely limitations—you have to reload the firmware each time, or “lock” the firmware to an SD card—but considering how much more after-the-fact flexibility shooting in RAW allows, it might be worth dinking around with it.

Of course, the most important part of a camera is the lens, so you won’t be out-shooting DSLR cameras.

How to give your low-end Canon digital camera RAW support [Linux.com via Compiler]

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Unlock RAW (and More) on Low-End Canon Cameras

  1. Anonymous says:

    Better than the RAW support is the scriptability this adds. Now your cheap camera has more flexibility than a good DSLR. I hope they hack this onto a real DSLR sometime.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Phantastic! I’m going to try this immediately.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

More BB

Boing Boing Video

Flickr Pool

Digg

Wikipedia

Advertise

Displays ads via FM Tech

RSS and Email

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. Boing Boing is a trademark of Happy Mutants LLC in the United States and other countries.

FM Tech