Magic Lantern begins testing on the Canon EOS R mirrorless

Oct 18, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Magic Lantern begins testing on the Canon EOS R mirrorless

Oct 18, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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They sure don’t waste any time over at Magic Lantern HQ. A1ex at ML sent over a couple of firmware files over to Andrew Reid at EOS HD to test out on his new Canon EOS R camera. While neither file currently adds any functionality to the EOS R, one of them does prove that Magic Lantern commands will be at least possible on Canon’s new mirrorless.

The two test files were based on the bootloaders of the Canon 80D and Canon 5D Mark IV.

They essentially probe the camera to determine if it can even run the Magic Lantern code. It’s a bit like the “Check my PC” thing to see if your computer’s capable of running the latest version Windows – except for Canon cameras to see if they’re capable of executing Magic Lantern code.

Unfortunately, the first firmware one wasn’t even loaded by the camera. It was recognised as a firmware for that camera, but it just didn’t understand it. Andrew writes that he and A1ex assumed the test was a bust and that the EOS R would be incapable of running Magic Lantern. But when Andrew got to testing the other firmware file, the results were more favourable.

While a green screen LCD might not look like much success, the camera did indeed load the bootloader. The screen turning green demonstrates that it’s possible to change camera registers and execute code on the camera’s main processor.

Andrew offers a little more information about the implications of this over on EOS HD, but it will be very interesting to see what features they might unlock.

Maybe we’ll get CinemaDNG RAW. Perhaps we’ll even be able to override that ridiculous 1.8x 4K crop. Only time will tell.

If you want to keep updated, there’s an EOS R thread over on the Magic Lantern forums.

[via EOS HD]

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One response to “Magic Lantern begins testing on the Canon EOS R mirrorless”

  1. Hesam Seyed Mousavi Avatar
    Hesam Seyed Mousavi

    If Magic Lantern knew as much about camera firmware as Canon, they wouldn’t be relegated to hacking Pcameras designed by other people.

    Before you get too excited about bypassing that 1.74x crop, consider what happens when Sony uses the whole full-frame sensor recording 4K video. …The Sonys get hot. The Magic Lantern hack may set up your Canon for a short life, too.

    When people have switched to Panasonic, Fuji, Sony or Nikon, that are all superior compared to Canon EOS R, they will have invested in new lenses and then it is to late for the dinosaur of the past years.

    I will be happy with my Nikon Z7, 12bit ProRes RAW Video, 30fps at 4K, No Crop and IBIS as well !

    Hesam Seyed Mousavi

    ProRes RAW – Hackintosh ProRes RAW Capable Guid: Gigabyte Z390 + Intel i7-9700K + AMD RX 580

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