Magic Lantern lets the original Canon EOS M shoot 2.5K RAW video

May 17, 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 lets the original Canon EOS M shoot 2.5K RAW video

May 17, 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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The original Canon EOS M mirrorless camera from 2013, the camera summarily dismissed by pretty much everybody as a pretty terrible camera, can now shoot 2.5K RAW video. Sort of. It’s all thanks to a new sd_uhs module in Magic Lantern which overclocks the write speed of the SD card.

It’s definitely a case of “Don’t try this at home!” unless you know what you’re doing or are willing to accept the risks, though. There have been reports of SD cards dying, and Magic Lantern currently doesn’t recommend its use. But it’s still available, and if it doesn’t kill anything lets you shoot 12Bit lossless 2.35:1 raw video.

YouTube channel Synth & Sundry shows off what the hack can do in a couple of videos on their channel. The footage was shot at 2520×1080 resolution, at 24 frames per second with 12Bit lossless compressed raw.

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YouTube video

With a camera that sells on the used market for $150 or less, that’s not a bad result at all. But, again, do not try this at home unless you’re willing to take the risk of killing stuff. The sd_uhs module is highly experimental and has been reported to kill memory cards.

If you’re happy to take your chances, then you can grab yourself a copy to play with on the Magic Lantern download page.

[via Canon Watch]

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5 responses to “Magic Lantern lets the original Canon EOS M shoot 2.5K RAW video”

  1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    Look like no moire, very impressive.
    Can’t wait them to work on other Eos M models. 4K RAW is around the corner!

    1. Alpicat Avatar
      Alpicat

      There’s no moire because I was filming in crop mode, the disadvantage of that is the heavy 3.33x crop!

  2. jakecarvey Avatar
    jakecarvey

    Sorry I can’t be as positive on this, but I see a *lot* of jumpy frame lag, especially during fast pans. Maybe it’s my computer playback…?

    1. Alpicat Avatar
      Alpicat

      I think that’s the image stabilisation on my ef-m 15-45mm lens which isn’t that great. Or it could be that I shot these videos in 24fps and accidentally put the clips into a 23.976 fps timeline on Resolve, I don’t know if that could have affected it.

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        jakecarvey

        Pretty sure resolve would handle the 23.976 24fps elegantly. Cool to see iit working, will be interesting to see if eliminating those variables produces a usable result!