Magic Lantern has done some amazing things with Canon cameras by hacking the firmware. Recently, they expanded the dynamic range of the 5D Mk III by a stop. Now, user Jonathan Zdziarski did an informal test comparing the results of the Canon full frame DSLR and the Nikon D800–which has enjoyed quite the reign as a camera with a kick ass sensor.
Using what the hack calls Dual ISO, it is able to capture more information in a photo–therefore expanding its dynamic range. To do this, the camera takes two photos at different ISO settings and merges them together. According to Jonathan,
“Each individual scan-line is interleaved as its sampled from the sensor, so you’re capturing one image with every other scan line at, say, ISO 100 for example, and the next scan line at ISO 800, 1600, or whatever you specify in ML.”
Crazy cool, huh? What’s even crazier is that it seems to be improving the image quality at lower ISO settings too. Of course, this is really best with still images and not really for video–the added capabilities of RAW video though are a nice touch.
You can find more over at Jonathan’s blog. We also wonder if Canon is paying attention to this.
Canon Rumors reports about what could become a new trend in customizing your camera: hardware hacks. In past years, we saw a lot of third-party firmwares that promised to improve image quality and performance of your camera–most notably Magic Lantern, which greatly improved video performance in Canon DSLRs. But Canon compacts weren’t left out, either, and Nikon DSLRs had their own Magic Lantern counterpart. But let’s face it, every trend becomes a fad at some point, and in 2014, software hacks just don’t cut it anymore.
The next big thing coming to a camera near you could be hardware hacks, which, as the name suggests, involve swapping out hardware parts of the camera. It’s not uncommon that photographers tinker with their camera, for example when converting them to infrared or multi-spectrum sensitivity by adding and/or removing filters on top of the sensor. It’s another thing altogether, though to swap the camera’s entire logic bord. Which is exactly what Canon Rumors suggests will soon be offered for Canon DSLRs.
The site has received word that “a certain company” will soon come out with a hardware hack for the EOS 5D Mk III, which will replace the camera’s mainboard with a customized one. The benefit of the operation that will cost around US-$ 1000 will be increased dynamic range as well as better sharpness and performance when recording video. In that regard, the hardware hack promises roughly the same results as Magic Lantern’s custom firmware.
At this point, we have no idea who is doing this, when it’ll be available, how much of an improvement it will yield, and whether other camera models will also receive hardware hacks–though CR is positive the 5D3 won’t stay the only model that can be customized. Firmware hacking is already a risky thing to do, because it can potentially make your camera inoperative, or contain malignant code. But at least it’s free. Would you pay someone a whopping $1000 to tinker with the internals of your DSLR, though?
Though we wish that no photographer has a bad day, it sure seems like Chase Jarvis had one. In an experiment gone horribly wrong, a DJI Phantom, a Quadracopter meant for photographers and videographers, took a swim in the frigid Iceland waters. When it fell into the water, a Sony RX 100 II went along with it. They were trying to use that camera because of its image stabilization and raw capabilities. However the Quadracopter was meant for a GoPro camera. The hack they tried was well thought out, but it did not work out well in the end.
Earlier on in the year, we saw some hacked Sigma DP cameras that were modified by a Chinese company to accept Leica M lenses. But according to a new report, the company may be coming out with a Micro Four Thirds camera of some sort. Years ago, Sigma joined the Micro Four Thirds coalition and a rumor about this also came about. They were quickly proven to be false, and the company has since been supporting the system with lenses and even refreshes to those lenses (see our Sigma Prime Lens Guide).
If the company has been considering an ILC system, then they’re going to have to target at the higher end and studio spectrum unless they can come out with an absolutely kick ass sensor that does well in low light. When we reviewed the DP3, we were thrilled with its performance. The camera’s sensor resolves so much detail and the high ISO results when converted to black and white are beautiful. But another problem holding them back in Adobe’s lack of more support for the Foveon sensor despite how excellent it is.
Who knows: maybe they’ll come out with something like the OMD.
Not long ago, Adobe issued a warning that their systems were hacked. The number of the users who were hacked was originally projected at 3 million and then grew to a 38 million. Now, apparently users who use their Facebook login info to log into Adobe’s services are being issued with warnings that they should probably change their password–which essentially means that both accounts have been compromised because they use the same login information. Facebook has been monitoring this and issued warnings to lots of their users.
If you’re one of those folks, we strongly recommend that you start changing your passwords.
Despite the massive hack, CNN is reporting that the company’s stock is just fine. In fact, it’s up.
We’re very positive right now that there are a bunch of creatives and companies that aren’t very happy with Adobe right now. According to FStoppers, the company stated that their servers for Creative Cloud were hacked. However, in a Customer Service Security Announcement, Adobe stated that data was encrypted, so credit card info and other personal securities may still not really be compromised. TechCruch is saying that as many as 2.9 Million people may be at risk though.
These hackers were able to also access the source code for a couple of products–perhaps in an attempt to mimic the software for free.
Adobe is stating that they’re working with the authorities on this matter.