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May 2008



How To Use The CHDK On Your Canon Point & Shoot Camera

These pictures are awesome:

And can you believe they were taken with a Canon digital point and shoot camera? Check out the rest of his pictures here.

Ok, the trick to being able to do photos like this is to download the Canon Hacker’s Development Kit. Lifehacker has a complete tutorial on how to install and use it.

Things you can do with the CHDK:

The current set of extra capabilities fall into six categories:

a. Enhanced ways of recording images – you can capture still pictures in RAW format (as well as JPEG), and for video images you can have increased recording time and length (1 hour or 2 GB), and a greatly increased range of compression options.
b. Additional data displays on the LCD screen – histogram, battery life indicator, depth of focus, and many more.
c. Additional photographic settings that are not available on the camera by itself – longer exposure times (up to 65 seconds), faster shutter speeds (1/25,000 sec, and faster in some cases), automatic bracketing of exposure, etc.
d. The ability for the camera to run programs (‘scripts’, written in a micro-version of the BASIC language) stored on the memory card – these programs allow you to set the camera to perform a sequence of operations under the control of the program. For example, a camera can be programmed to take multiple pictures for focus bracketing, or take a picture when it detects that something in the field of view moves or changes brightness.
e. The ability to take a picture, or start a program on the memory card, by sending a signal into the USB port – you can use the USB cable to take a picture remotely.
f. The ability to do a number of other more useful (and fun) things, such as act as a mini file browser for the memory card, let you play games on the LCD screen, etc.


Comment from che
Posted: May 13, 2008 at 9:09 am

that’s so cool! i need a new point and shoot, hehe

Comment from AxsDeny
Posted: May 14, 2008 at 4:55 am

I was just looking at this mod a few days ago. Wouldn’t you know that the camera that I have isn’t supported? I’ve regretted the A520 since I got it.

I do love my EOS Rebel XT though. ;)

Comment from Sparkliesunshine
Posted: May 14, 2008 at 7:49 am

The photo of the dog is gorgeous.