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modifications made to a camera's firmware to add or extend certain features

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Can I add third party lens profiles to Nikon cameras or software?

I'm starting to shoot directly in JPG to save time, since I don't need RAW processing most of the time. However, my D7100 and my Z50 have no built-in lens correction profiles for my Sigma 18-50 and 50-...
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Failed attempt to install Magic Lantern on Canon EOS M50

I used a link on https://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=23296.msg214271#msg214271 which gave me the file BOOT_M50.FIR I put that on a clean memory card as the only file and tried to update ...
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Update camera (bios/firmware flash) with features from newer camera?

Is it possible to flash the firmware of a camera to add features? I have an older DSLR from Canon. Over time Canon has introduced features for example 5 photo bracketing instead of 3. When I look ...
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Magic lantern vs. tragic lantern. Any differences?

What is the differences between the two? Is it model dependent?
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Can a firmware upgrade enable a Nikon D90 to use SDXC memory cards?

I have a Nikon D90 and today found out that my SDXC card prohibits me from recording Video (the REC shows up on the monitor with a diagonal slash running through it)...
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Is there a way to get Magic Lantern on my newer model Canon?

I recently bought a Canon Rebel T6i (750D) and have a short film project coming up soon. I want Magic Lantern on my camera (SD Card) for its fantastic enhanced features, but I am unable to find it ...
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No firmware update option when trying to install CHDK on Canon SX210IS

I checked the firmware version and downloaded the correct one from the website. I drag and drop the downloaded files into the root directory of a formatted card (4gb) and (8gb), eject, and put into ...
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which brand ecosystem is more open for hacking?

I'm a seasoned photographer who used to have a nikon until recently and I am now thinking of buying a new camera and want to experiment more with it. The types of things I want to do is: control the ...
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What operating systems run on today's DSLRs?

I was just wondering if anyone could provide names and a bit of background on the Operating Systems the current day DSLRs (namely, Nikon, Canon) use.
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How to enable Canon AF with teleconverter?

Canon DSLR bodies prevent poor auto-focus performance by disabling it completely when the lens reports maximum aperture at chosen focal length smaller than f/5.6. This implies that some lenses will ...
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What are the risks of using Magic Lantern?

I am looking to use our Canon 550D (T2i) more for DSLR filming by using Magic Lantern. However, I'm quite concerned about bricking the 550D, as it is the family camera and I'd be a ton of trouble if I ...
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Is there a firmware hack which enables AVCHD recording in video mode on Pentax K-5?

The Pentax K-5 supports only recording video in the MPEG format. Does a firmware update or hack exist that would allow recording in AVCHD? Are there software hacks for the Pentax DSLRs at all? ...
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How can I make playback zoom start in small steps rather than going to 1:1 with Magic Lantern?

I just got a brand spanking new Canon 60D with the Magic Lantern custom firmware, and I love it except for one thing: when you are looking at the images you have taken, and you press the zoom button, ...
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Is it possible to get custom firmware for digital (point and shoot) cameras?

Is it possible to manually update a digital camera's firmware? Is there any organization or do individual people develop custom firmwares? I am using Samsung SL30 and that lacks allowing manual ...
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Can any point-and-shoot camera take RAW images?

Which point and shoot cameras support RAW images? Is there any way to take RAW images on unsupported cameras?
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Why don't most compacts have manual controls?

Can anyone please explain to me, why most recent compact-cameras (even by professional manufacturers like Nikon or Canon) don't have options for manual shutter/aperture-control? All they have are ...
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Is there a custom firmware availble for the Canon 450D Rebel XSi?

Does the Canon 450d have custom firmware? Doing a quick Google search didn't really find anything. And, along similar lines, is the 450d even capable of flashing its firmware? Or are we basically ...
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Is continuous autofocus in video a software or hardware function?

My camera (Sony alpha A580) does not natively support video autofocusing. When I was buying camera, I didn't think that was such important feature for me. Now I want my camera to be able to autofocus ...
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Is there a custom firmware for Canon EOS 500D which will improve AF in video recording?

There is a way to get a custom firmware for this model that improve the video recording? Especially the autofocus, which is extremely slow. Maybe there are some other good options in a custom ...
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How safe is CHDK?

I've played with time-lapse photography using my father in law's Canon Rebel, using a USB cable, gphoto2 and an Ubuntu laptop. I want to create similar videos using my own A590 IS, but it cannot be ...
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What will happen if I install the Magic Lantern firmware on my Canon 550D?

I have a Canon 550D, which I just start learning how to use. I have read that the Magic Lantern firmware makes the camera better in movie recording. Does Magic Lantern firmware dramatically change ...
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Is there an enhanced third-party firmware for Pentax SLR cameras?

I am wondering whether there is a kit for making software improvements to the Pentax K-x camera. What I'm after is something akin to the CHDK, which is a firmware enhancement for many Canon point-and-...
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Is there custom firmware available for the Nikon D90?

Does the Nikon D90 have custom firmware? Doing a quick Google search didn't really find anything. And, along similar lines, is the D90 even capable of flashing its firmware? Or are we basically stuck ...
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Can firmware improve a camera?

I heard about camera firmware update. Is it recommended update the firmware? Why? Anyone knows which firmware improve camera performance (Canon EOS Rebel XS)?
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Any useful hacks for a Canon EOS 550D (T2i)?

I just got my Canon EOS 550D (T2i), and I absolutely love it. I've already wasted 16 GB of hard drive space in a week! Are there any useful hacks for this camera? Just curious, but: Has anyone ...
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Is it possible to hack other brands of cameras in a manner similar to Canon cameras?

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 ...
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