Magic Lantern finally arrives on Canon 7D

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After several years in the making, the camera tool for Canon SLRs has finally been released for the 7D.

(Credit: Magic Lantern)

Magic Lantern is a firmware hack for Canon SLRs that equip them with extra functionality for stills photography and video recording. The Canon 7D has long been one of the only cameras that the community hasn't been able to hack, because it runs dual image processors.

Features accessible on the 7D with Magic Lantern installed include:

  • Audio meters during recording

  • Zebras

  • Focus peaking

  • Vectorscope

  • Live View settings, including brightness and contrast

  • Level indicator.

The additional functionality is accessed by the camera through the memory card, and needs to be loaded from the card every time you want to use it.

As with all Magic Lantern hacks, use this one at your own risk; it is not officially supported by Canon. To download, head to the alpha release page over at Magic Lantern.

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Im Batman posted a comment   

Zebras???... i see giraffes, but no Zebras.
I headed to the link to find out a bit more about these mythical Zebras... but they are absent of any definition.

Clearly "Zebras" are a very common and understood feature in this arena!


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Haha, apologies Batman for not explaining them. When turned on, zebras show an overlay of zebra stripes across the image, generally appearing across areas that are overexposed. So sometimes you won't be able to tell just by looking at the Live View image on the screen if your image has blown out areas, and the zebras will guide you so you can adjust the exposure, lighting and so on. Hope this makes sense!


Im Batman posted a reply   

Cheers, but i was more suprised that the source didn't have anything more.

Okay, so bit like when i am reviewing images on the camera, and the overexposed areas flash betwen black and white to "highlight" them... but on live view. SWEET


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Yep you got it! It's very useful for video recording :)

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