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Q: I have read that magic lantern firmware makes the camera better in movie recording. That depends on what you mean by 'better.' It does add several tools and options that Canon did not include in their firmware by default which are very nice to have for video recording. A partial list of which includes: zebra stripes, onscreen audio meters, cropmark ...


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You've already gotten some good advice such as going to a store and checkout DP Review. They do enumerate all the menus and all, so it is the closest to knowing how the UI looks without going to actually see the camera. However I will point out that there are more aspects to consider: Great cameras are designed to let you do as much as possible without ...


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The answer is, it depends. Generally, firmware upgrades can Correct flaws in the original firmware. For instance, if there were a metering mistake in the original firmware, that can get fixed. Expose new software functionality. I'm thinking of CHDK here, that brings new functionality to canon powershot cameras (such as RAW shooting, timed shooting, ...


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Canon So far what we know based on ML work DRYOS version 2.3, release #0023 5Dm2 500d/T1i 50D DRYOS version 2.3, release #0039 7D 1Dm4 DRYOS version 2.3, release #0043 550d/T2i DRYOS version 2.3, release #0044 or #0049 5dm3 EOS M DRYOS version 2.3, release #0047 60D 600D/T3i 1100D/T3 I'm generalizing but I see in Canon P&S they ...


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As you can see right on the main CHDK wiki - "Temporary – No permanent changes are made to the camera." You also can find very detailed information in the FAQ here. Basically - Yes you are hacking your camera. So things can happen that the original manufacturer did not intend(if this wasn't true, you wouldn't want it anyways). But the chances of any ...


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There is no way to change the firmware of Nikon's cameras other than upgrades from Nikon. For some Canon digital compacts, there's an unsupported project called CHDK that can add certain features to the cameras. Allowing Random J Hacker to load weird firmware into his expensive camera is a customer support nightmare. For every person who knows what he is ...


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Yes, it's worth worrying about. Generally these fix software bugs or even add new features. It's very expensive and time consuming to get a software product near-bug free at launch — a luxury camera makers don't have in a fast-moving market. Firmware is the "operating system" of your camera, and keeping up with the latest version will make sure your camera ...


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Your best bet is to switch to Canon. For Canon point & shoots: CHDK. For Canon DSLRs: Magic Lantern. I use both and love them. In particular, CHDK gives manual controls to most P&S, and can also shoot raw on those models that only support jpeg.


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It's a completely user level thing to do. Updating firmware on your camera is commonly just: Start with a full battery - its critical this process completes fully once started Download the firmware Hook the camera up to the computer with USB Run the downloaded program from your computer Make sure you don't unhook the camera before it tells you to Unplug ...


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I'd go counter to the other answers in saying you probably shouldn't update your firmware unless there's a flaw in your camera's functionality that the update solves. I say this because there's a risk involved, a risk that the firmware update will fail and leave the camera dead, requiring servicing by a professional to restore it to working order. Such ...


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I've been using X-Pro 1 for almost a year now. My other camera is a Canon 5D MkII. The sensor and the size of the complete kit were the main reasons to buy for me. But of course after I bought, I realized, how hard it is to focus compared to 5D (it might be a silly comparison but that's what I'm used to). Basically, it's harder to auto focus, and you ...


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Nikon Support Site lists all the firmware for their cameras. Download v1.0.2 for the D90 using that link. I believe the steps are as follows: Unzip the file Run the setup routine and follow the instructions When finished navigate to your desktop Locate the Nikon folder Inside this folder copy the NKLD01002.BIN file to the root of the memory card Turn on ...


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I've had no problems with CHDK on a A430 doing timelapses over a day or two. I've also used it to enable raw capture. I would concur with cmason's use of the phrase "alternate firmware". It's still firmware, it just doesn't replace the factory firmware. There are warnings on the CHDK website indicating that CHDK may make it possible for you to request ...


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CHDK is alternate firmware that is loaded on your SD card. It does not alter the factory firmware at all. When you start up your camera it loads this alternate firmware. When you are done with it, or don't care for it, simply put in an empty SD card and turn off/on your camera and it loads the factory firmware, just the way you left it.


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There are reasons firmware upgrades are issued and that is to fix flaws (most of the time) or extend functionality (some times). In all cases, a firmware upgrade should never make things worst but it is just software, so it may happen, the firmware is programmed by humans too! Manufacturers often put out a list of fixed issues but sometimes are very vague ...


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In the case of Canon and Nikon the current models are all proprietary. There are apps for Android devices that allow them to control a Canon camera via a USB cable, but the camera is not running the Android OS. Of course in certain areas the firmware includes compatibility with accepted standards such as USB, DPOF, EXIF, JPEG, etc. In the past some of the ...


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There are a few things I would try first: If you normally shoot at low ISO, the camera is probably using more noise reduction than it was before. See if there is an option to turn off in-camera NR at lower ISO settings. Normally when updated firmware is installed, all of the camera settings reset to the default values. You may have had in-camera sharpening ...


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If you are concerned about tampering, you really need the file to be signed cryptographically; Nikon doesn't do that. If your concern is simply that a download might be corrupt (or that your flash card might have an error that corrupts the file), don't worry. The firmware has an internal checksum checked by the camera's firmware updater. (Details for some ...


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Given the form factors and displays are pretty consistent between the brands, I would hesitate to really compare them as one better than the other. In a lot of ways, it's what you're used to as the form and layout is often a personal preference. So, for me, personally, I find the Pentax UI to be really good and easy to navigate, others may have a different ...


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I've also tried to find a CHDK-like software for Pentax, probably the best Pentax firmware hack project is Pentax Hack. They were able to decrypt several Pentax firmwares, and modify a few things, like turning on debug mode. Although the project supports several Pentax DSLRs, unfortunately it does not support K-x.


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For all except the Rebel series there is this list that goes back as far as the original 5D and 40D. http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/support_pro/pro_firmware-updates I'm not aware of any such list that includes the Rebel series from Canon.


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You should be going to stores and trying the cameras out in any case. I saved up, researched everything online, made up my mind on a Canon, then when I went to the store and tried a couple out I switched to Nikon: it just felt more solid. You have to go in and physically try each camera out. That includes the UI.


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DPReview always does a really good job of documenting UI's on its full reviews (not so much with previews), so that might be a good place to start. If you can go lay your hands on a couple of examples, though, there's no substitute for seeing the UI in action. As far as specific brands, Nikon's UI's seem to do a good job of being approachable for new users ...


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As you can see from the manual at page 112 under the Live view function settings tab of the menu you can find the Metering timer option which does the following: You can change how long the exposure setting is displayed (AE lock time).


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Is it possible for any point-n-shoot? In theory, yes. But if you look at the topic, you will find that folks writing CHDK had to get started by debugging with only one LED as feedback. It took many hours to figure out the first thing. It took hundreds of hours to figure out enough to know that they could even do what they wanted. CHDK exists because (a) it ...


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The 650D/t4i (like all modern DSLRS) has two separate auto-focus systems: The "phase detection" system is used when using the optical viewfinder and the "contrast detection" system that is used when using the camera's screen (and when doing video since you can't use the optical viewfinder for video). The new feature in the 650D/t4i system is an added phase ...


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Create a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer. Choose the correct download below for the computer system you are using, and save the download to the folder created in step 1. Run the downloaded file to create the folder titled D7100Update, containing the following file: D7100_0101.bin Format an approved memory card in the ...


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Don't bother with the EOS Utility. Simply pop an empty CF card into a card reader attached to a USB port on the computer (you can find these pretty cheaply, maybe around $20-$30). In windows, the CF card will show up as a device with a file system. Drop the firmware update file in the ROOT directory of the CF card, use the "Safely remove hardware" feature to ...



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