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Some Canon cameras can be hacked with a tool called the Canon Hack Development Kit (http://chdk.wikia.com), which does interesting things like add manual controls and allow scripting. Do similar tools exist for other brands of cameras? HP cameras, in particular?

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Does CHDK work on Canon DSLRs or just P&S? I thought it was the latter. –  Reid Jul 16 '10 at 13:42
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Seems to just be the point-and-shoots; however, on a DSLR, you already have good manual controls, so it's not as useful. –  snostorm Jul 16 '10 at 14:02
    
An example would be: on my Nikon D90, button remapping is possible, but extremely limited. Hacking could increase this flexibility. –  Reid Jul 16 '10 at 15:31
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Don't forget that a few (four, I think) Canon DSLRs also have Magic Lantern, which is in much the same spirit as CHDK. –  nchpmn Apr 10 '11 at 22:31
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The chdk project is the only one I've heard of.

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There is an ongoing project to analyse and decrypt the firmware of a range of Nikon cameras: Official Nikon Hacks (d7000, D3100, D5100, V1, J1) and Nikon Tool development topic

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There is an ongoing project to analyse and de-encrypt the firmware of Pentax DSLRs:- Pentax Hack

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