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Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:31:37 PM »

We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.


The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.


As for the modification itself, it’s said it will “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance of the EOS 5D Mark III.”


I’ve heard about these types of things in the past, and nothing has ever come of them. This one seems a bit different, but we’ll have to wait and see.


More to come…


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Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:31:37 PM »

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 05:38:11 PM »
Not so much...

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 05:45:06 PM »
... and will void your Canon warranty.

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 06:17:08 PM »
A fool and his money...
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 06:20:37 PM »
I'm sure Iif it works there will be plenty of people willing to give it a go. I won't be near the front of the que but will be watching with interest. But more DR is not near the top of my wish list, and video anything is not even on my list, ATM.

If it really works without much downside it might spur canon on with improvements, that would be a good thing.
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 06:34:59 PM »
It all depends on how much of an improvement it provides.

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 06:40:46 PM »
Wot Nikon are going to start modifying 5D3s  :P

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 06:40:46 PM »

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 06:42:54 PM »
Great job, guys. Canon gets the best technical minds. I hope it is 15-stop DR, 4K RAW video and 10 fps shooting for 5D3. Nikon fanboys will be committing suicide. What will be their excuse?

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 06:48:19 PM »
Now if this hack would give me everything I've been fantasizing about in the a7R (minus the 40mp sensor, I suppose), with the high dynamic range and ability to pull more detail out of shadows, I might be interested.  It would certainly be cheaper than buying the a7R and adapter, and dealing with two different cameras.  I certainly wouldn't be first in line to try it out though.  The odds of the adapter giving me everything I want without breaking anything else seems awfully slim.

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 07:09:16 PM »
Wot Nikon are going to start modifying 5D3s  :P

Ha Ha Ha, wondered how long before someone would suggest this, should be the start of another Looooooong blown out DR discussion, generating quickly into argument, degenerating inevitably into name calling, insults & Chaos.

But, if you wanted better DR than Canon offer, I suppose you could just buy a D800 ?? right ?? wouldn't void the warranty.

I think I'll just stay with my 1Dx, 5DMK III, 1DMK IV & 5DMK II as is and wait for Canon to improve DR, or not, I'm Ok either way.
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2014, 07:18:12 PM »
Now if this hack would give me everything I've been fantasizing about in the a7R

My experience to date with the a7r is if it could be hacked to give 8fps ?? the rest is just fine as is, this Sensor and 8fps, my hopes for a near future 1D body.
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2014, 07:46:46 PM »
No thanks.  If I need dynamic range, I will hdr the shot... and video... my daughter NOT playing basketball doesn't require better video.
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2014, 09:00:56 PM »
I want practically a new camera for a $1000 mod. 

I want 8 fps, I want a bigger buffer, I want 4k video, and I want self adjust afma that adjusts through the range not just at the wide and at the tele side.

Is that outrageous... no.  And the reason why is that the 5d mkiv will probably have all that and more, so if I sell my body for $2400 (maybe) and the new mkiv might be $4000... so for $1600... I can get the big upgrade.  But I'm just making stuff up now.  And the mkiv won't come out for another 2-3 years...
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2014, 09:00:56 PM »

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2014, 09:23:07 PM »
More Dynamic Range IS at the top of my list.

So you bet I'm interested.

I'll be thrilled to buy a new 5Dm3 to get another stop.

If its 2 stops or more – I’ll be ecstatic !

The dismaying part is this means the 5Dm3 sensor already snags a significantly wider Dynamic Range but for some political/marketing/strategy reason Canon decided not to let us use it.

Reminds of how Intervalometer function could be added in a manner of hours (of development time) if Canon wanted to. Its just that Canon wants to sell you a separate device.

Now if they would only get rid of the pattern noise in shadows – I’d be a very content fellow.
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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 09:45:28 PM »
I wonder when would Canon offer APIs for "extending" the software capabilities of their cameras.  Samsung if I recall is offering the same thing.  I think this is a much better path than having hardware hacks which can definitely void a camera.  It will also give more value to their camera eventually.  As a software developer myself, I know improvements can still be done on the code level even with limited hardware capability.  Of course, Canon should take a lot of precautions (like safeguarding certain parameters) so as not to void the warranty of each camera.

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Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 09:45:28 PM »