1D X has traces of 1D C firmware but Magic Lantern ‘will never touch 1D series’ as Canon threatens potential hackers with legal trouble

Canon EOS 1D C 4K DSLR

A few months ago I reported back what Canon had told me officially at Photokina – that the 1D C had some very minor hardware changes over the 1D X (like a headphone socket) but that the camera was fundementally the same camera with a firmware update to enable 4K recording. The Canon product manager was technically knowledge and utterly adamant this was the case, there wasn’t a hint of doubt in his eyes when I had this discussion face to face on the basis of mutual trust.

Later Canon were keen to point out I had got it all wrong and that the 1D C had a different circuit board, etc. etc. and was well worth your extra $6,000.

So why are there traces of 1D C firmware in the 1D X?

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Latest Magic Lantern brings anamorphic live preview to 5D Mark III, clean HDMI out and tons more

5D Mark III and Iscorama 36

Get the new firmware here for the 5D Mark III

The 2nd Alpha release of Magic Lantern for the 5D Mark III brings a very useful feature for anamorphic shooters such as I, a real-time anamorphic aspect ratio preview in live view. This is extremely useful for shooting bare bones with an anamorphic lens, or for those with no monitor / EVF that supports anamorphic de-squeeze.

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Download and test the new 5D Mark III Magic Lantern – peaking, zebras and audio meters already feature

5D Mark III Magic Lantern

Go here to download the file (you must be a donator to access it, large or small it doesn’t matter)

The first Alpha version of the 5D Mark III Magic Lantern port has been outed. 5D Mark III owners can give it a go. I am going to try it myself (thanks Alex). The initial feature-set is quite small, and there’s no bitrate tweaks yet. These will be added later by the test and development team step by step once they are seen to be stable.

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Sony NEX-Hack update – 1st camera purchased for Someone1.00

NEX-Hack (NEX 5N and NEX 7 pictured)

NEW: Donate and view the latest donations here

Read the full update at EOSHD NEX-Hack.com

Today myself and Malcolm of Magic Lantern were able to transfer $700 to Someone1.00 to buy his first test body from the NEX-Hack.com donations fund.

We are well on the path to improvements in video image quality and features on the Sony NEX and Alpha cameras.

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Canon 5D Mark III hacked – Magic Lantern on way

5D Mark III - Magic Lantern hack

Above: a Magic Lantern test running on a real living 5D Mark III in the wild

Initial tests by Alex and the team at Magic Lantern show the hack will work with the 5D Mark III. Canon recently posted an updated firmware for the camera, allowing the file to be analysed and it seems Magic Lantern can be ported to the new camera.

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Further GF2, GH2 and Magic Lantern hack technical developments

GF2 hack

With the newly released GH2 1.11 hack, the small GF2 is now also hackable. This camera also does 1080/25p inside a 1080i wrapper, and features a similar image processing chip and encoder to the GH2. Could it be a bargain GH2 alternative? EOSHD takes a look.

Meanwhile Magic Lantern continues to improve. There’s current a brute force testing approach which according to Alex of Magic Lantern may “unlock many things that previously were thought to be impossible or very hard” like anamorphic preview and clean HDMI out.

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Latest Magic Lantern with HDR Video out now for Canon 60D, 600D, 550D, 50D and 500D

Canon 600D and Magic Lantern - HDR Video and Variable Frame Rates

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Please consider donating to the project – in return you will get the preview version of the 5D Mark II firmware tested here on EOSHD – and a ready to run HDR Video workflow!!

So 22nd December is here and so is the HDR Video mode and variable frame rates for the Canon 600D and siblings. The new version of Magic Lantern even supports the 50D!

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Canon 600D and latest Magic Lantern hack to bring adjustable frame rates & HDR video

Magic Lantern on the 600D

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How to: Install Magic Lantern

I am really impressed with the way the Canon DSLR hack – Magic Lantern – has recently been progressing. Enabling video on cameras that didn’t have a video mode is a miracle in itself! (50D). Putting all the settings into a menu system on the camera rather than in a Windows app like PTools with the GH2 hack – also pretty good. As well as higher bitrate recording, ML has evolved to give us ISO 12,800 recording, peaking, crop marks, false colour, zebras and now even variable frame rates.

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