Magic Lantern is Hacking the Canon 7D


Editor’s Note: It’s been in the works for a while now according to Planet5D; but it is further developing into quite an interesting story.

Magic Lantern has been hard at work improving their hacks for the RAW video output on the 5D camera series, and now they’re hard at work with the Canon 7D. So far, they’ve found the RAW image buffer and while silent video recording is working, they’re still developing the hack to also record audio. Partially because of the dual processors, the camera is tougher to hack vs the one processor in the Canon 5D series.

When the 7D came out, many photographers thought that it was a superior camera to the Canon 5D Mk II: it’s actual compliment at the time. The reasons why were because of better weather sealing, faster frame rate shooting, vastly superior autofocus system, and ergonomic improvements that made it seem more serious and Nikon-like vs the traditional 5D’s elegant feeling. Indeed, I owned one. I loved it, and a part of me still really misses it.

The camera was used on the set of Saturday Night Live for a while, and that was without a hack. In the hands of a true creative, the camera can totally rock.


Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.