Canon 7D firmware 2.0 and 2.0.3 released


Canon released firmware v2.0.3 for the 7D recently. Go here to find it. It fixes some things broken by the 2.0 update.
The 2.0 firmware enables a bunch of new features. Here is the canon site explaining everything. My favorite options are the higher burst rate, higher max iso, and the manual audio levels.

Oh, and while you’re at it – check out Magic lantern on the 7D. It’s finally making some progress!!

Magic Lantern on 7D! with Video!

I was about to put up a post about the new 7D firmware v2.0.3 from canon being released, but it was eclipsed by some amazong news. Over on the Magic Lantern site it seems that User g3gg0 has figured out the weird dual-digic configuration and has been able to run a hello world test on a 7d! It is not a fully developed release (not at all) but it is GREAT news, and an awesome step in the right direction.

UPDATE – Magic lantern just tweeted this video. It mainly shows the overlay window, but it also shows focus trapping. Even a tiny step is great, but this is a HUGE STEP!

I’ll DEFINITELY keep you updated as this develops. I donated to Magic lantern a few weeks ago, but I’m about to re-up! Here’s that link again, just in case a little $$ will get this first release out the door faster!

CHDK Compatible Powershot SD series cameras


SD Series

The SD series is a slightly higher level version of the A series. They have nice metallic-looking rounded bodies. They have a very pocketable size, and they feel very good in the hand. Their battery life is somewhat a limitation due to their size and their batteries are generally tiny things with external chargers. These cameras can make for a great walk around point and shoot, or a platform for a more involved level of tinkering. With a big enough external battery they could make for a great motion detection photo system, and their small size means that you could tuck them in a dark corner and unobtrusively capture a timelapse or two.

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Not linked – SD850
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As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.

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CHDK compatible Powershot A series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot ELPH series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot S series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SD series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SX series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot G series cameras

CHDK Compatible Powershot S series cameras

S Series
The S series is where best buy thinks that the line between point and shoots and SLRs starts to get blurry. These are a bigger form factor, and the are not pocketable. They may look like a dslr from a distance, but the lens is not detachable. This series generally has a nice long optical zoom length but doesn’t win many style points. These cameras can be picked up pretty cheap (*used) because they aren’t the sharpest looking canons on the market. (body-wise, not image-wise) They still can have great optical quality and their larger size enables both larger screens and longer lasting batteries. If all that you care about is the picture then these might make a good tradeoff of price per pixel.



Not linked – S5

As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.

Go Back to the CHDK compatible overview page

CHDK compatible Powershot A series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot ELPH series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot S series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SD series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SX series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot G series cameras

CHDK Compatible Powershot ELPH cameras

Elph Series
The ELPH Series are good looking cameras with metal bodies. They are a small form factor camera and easily pocketable. These are a good choice if you are using chdk to get a few more features from your point and shoot, but you don’t want to do any hardware hacking or explore manual modes. Enabling RAW format on these cameras could easily be worth the effort, even if you didn’t play around with many of CHDK’s other features.


Not linked – ELPH 300 500

As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.

Go Back to the CHDK compatible overview page

CHDK compatible Powershot A series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot ELPH series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot S series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SD series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SX series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot G series cameras

CHDK Compatible Powershot G series cameras

G series
The G series is really the jewel in the powershot line. All of the cameras from the G7 on up have metal bodies, full manual modes, and are built with dials and buttons in order to allow you to use the manual mode without going through any menus. Most of the cameras have a threaded ring around the lens that allow you to mount (a few) accessories like a wide angle lens. These cameras also all have hot-shoes for mounting flashes just like a dslr. Even broken, these cameras will sell for a few hundred dollars. If you can get your hands on one of these affordably, then jump at the chance. The listed price is the lowest (usually used) price on Amazon.

G SERIES CHDK RES ZOOM IS LCD RELEASED REVIEW
G7 CHDK 10 6 y 2.5 2005 dpreview.com
G SERIES CHDK RES ZOOM IS LCD RELEASED REVIEW
G9 CHDK 12.1 6 y 3 2007 dpreview.com
G SERIES CHDK RES ZOOM IS LCD RELEASED REVIEW
G10 CHDK 14.7 5 y 3 2008 dpreview.com
G SERIES CHDK RES ZOOM IS LCD RELEASED REVIEW
G11 CHDK 10 5 y 2.8 2009 dpreview.com
G SERIES CHDK RES ZOOM IS LCD RELEASED REVIEW
G12 CHDK 10 5 y 2.8 2010 dpreview.com
G SERIES CHDK RES ZOOM IS LCD RELEASED REVIEW
G1x CHDK 14.3 4 y 3 2012 dpreview.com

As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.

Go Back to the CHDK compatible overview page

CHDK compatible Powershot A series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot ELPH series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot S series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SD series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SX series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot G series cameras

CHDK Compatible Powershot SX series cameras

SX Series
The SX series is pretty similar to the S series. It is too big for a point and shoot, yet lacks a lot of the functionality of a dslr. These cameras can be picked up pretty cheap (*used) because they aren’t the sharpest looking canons on the market. They still can have great optical quality and their larger size enables both larger screens and longer lasting batteries. If all that you care about is the picture then these might make a good tradeoff of price per pixel.


Not linked – SX150 SX210 SX 220

As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.

Go Back to the CHDK compatible overview page

CHDK compatible Powershot A series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot ELPH series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot S series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SD series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SX series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot G series cameras

CHDK Compatible Powershot A series cameras

    A Series

The A series has the highest number of supported cameras. They generally aren’t all that fashionable, but the 1000 series and above all look pretty slick and are thin. These can make for good, reliable chdk installs in situations where you the camera is in a degree of danger. The lower number / earlier cameras are also more likely to run off of AA batteries. That makes it easier to get a good deal on a used one without the charger and it also means that there are easier battery replacement options. One other good aspect is that bigger cameras can be easier to disassemble in case you are looking to create a new enclosure or tap into the wiring for the buttons.

Canon PowerShot A460 5.0MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)
Canon PowerShot A470 7.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.4x Optical Zoom (Red)
Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Black)
Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD
Canon PowerShot A495 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Blue)
Canon PowerShot A530 5MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A540 6MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A560 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A570IS 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon PowerShot A580 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A590IS 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon Powershot A610 5MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon Powershot A620 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A630 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A640 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A650IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon PowerShot A700 6MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A710 IS 7.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Image-Stabilized Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A720IS 8MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon Powershot A800 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom (Black)
Canon Powershot A1000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Grey)
Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD
Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)
Canon Powershot A2000IS 10MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon PowerShot A3000IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 4x Image Stabilized Zoom 2.7-Inch LCD
3200 not linked
Canon Powershot A3300 IS 16 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Silver)

As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.

Go Back to the CHDK compatible overview page

CHDK compatible Powershot A series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot ELPH series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot S series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SD series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot SX series cameras
CHDK compatible Powershot G series cameras

How to use SDMInst to install CHDK

Let’s assume that you have already used ACID to find your camera’s firmware and then download the appropriate CHDK build. Now we are going to use SDMInst to format your sd card and then move the CHDK build onto it.

If you are running Mountain Lion (10.8) then go here in order to figure out how to start up the app. Other versions can simply double click it.

First, select your memory card from the “Select card drive:” dialog. You will know which one it is by its size in comparison to the others, and the name in the “SDM Volume:” field. You may not even have any choices. I happened to have a lot of mounted disk images that showed up as options. Next click on the browse button, or drag the directory containing your CHDK build into the “Copy all files from” box.

Finally click on “Prepare Card” and watch it do its magic. Eject the card, lock it, and then put it in your camera to test!

How to find the firmware version of your Canon Camera

In order to install CHDK on your memory card you need to know what version of the firmware your camera is running internally. This happens to be blissfully easy due to an app called ACID.

ACID stands for Automatic Camera Identifier and Downloader. It was written by Dave Mitchell and is one of three great CHDK-related apps that he hosts. Not only does this app find your camera firmware but it also will download the correct CHDK version for you! Note – you have to move the app onto your computer for this to work. It can’t download anything if you run it from the .dmg.

The next step is to use SDMInst in order to format your card and upload the freshly downloaded CHDK build to it!