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21. Camera Hacking

Chapter 21. Camera Hacking

Activating Hidden Functionality in Canon Consumer Digicams

Berthold Daum

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One day, curiosity led me to enter the terms “camera” and “hacking” into the search engine that begins with “G”. After all, a digital camera is only a computer with some peripherals attached, and I wanted to find out if it is possible to “optimize” the built-in software. My search was a success and immediately took me to the Canon Hacker’s Development Kit (CHDK) community page. The forum is run by an active group of programmers and photographers whose aim is to enhance and extend the functionality of Canon’s consumer digicams to an extent that will make many owners of expensive DSLRs green with envy. These hacks work particularly well for Powershot and Ixus models built around the DIGIC II and DIGIC III processors. The CHDK website at http://chdk.wikia.com is entirely noncommercial and is run by volunteers. Wikia only handles the wiki infrastructure and its own advertising.


  

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