Thursday, 17 May 2012


"If you're using a consumer grade point-and-shoot Canon digital camera, you've got hardware in hand that can support advanced features way beyond what shipped in the box. With the help of a free, open source project called CHDK, you can get features like RAW shooting mode, live RGB histograms, motion-detection, time-lapse, and even games on your existing camera. Let's transform your point-and-shoot into a super camera just by adding a little special sauce to its firmware."--Lifehacker

CHDK--Canon Hacker's Development Kit.

What can CHDK do --

  • Enhanced Image Capture: CHDK supports RAW format for pictures (in addition to JPEG), longer recording time and length for videos (up to 1 hour or 2GBs), and several new compression options.

  • Additional Information On-Screen: With CHDK, you can customize your on-screen display to your heart's content, including worthwhile information like remaining battery life, histogram, depth of field, and more.

  • Additional Photographic Settings: CHDK takes many of the features already available on your camera and gives you way more options, including longer exposure times (more than 65 seconds), faster shutter speeds (1/25,000 sec or faster), automatic bracketing of your photos, and more.       

      • Support for Small Programs/Scripts: CHDK can run small scripts that will allow your camera to perform a set of actions based on the conditions of the script. Tons of scripts are available, and they provide functionality like motion-sensing photography (which reportedly works for lightning strikes) and unlimited interval time-lapse photography.                                                             
        So if you own a Canon P&S(Point n Shoot) Camera. And want more manual control over your camera and even extend its features. Click here to check if your Camera supports it.

      Sometimes porting for your camera might be W.I.P. so use google to find appropriate porting forum thread.

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