Magic Lantern shows signs of life on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nov 1, 2016

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Magic Lantern shows signs of life on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nov 1, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are a long time reader of the blog, you know that we are big fans of Magic Lantern. Magic Lantern is a piece of software that you can install on Canon DSLRs to gain extra abilities that the original camera firmware did not have. They have added RAW video, more dynamic range, and about a million other little features like peaking, zebra lines, better audio control, built in timelapse and more. You can think about it as Jail Breaking a camera. To be honest, I think that Canon is secretly supporting ML.

We have seen Magic Lantern grow into (almost) every DSLR that Canon release and now it the turn of Canon’s new EOS 5D Mark IV. Here is the thing, the Magic Lantern forums are kinda of a geektalk place, so exciting news can slip by. It turns out that first signs of a 5D mkIV port were sent almost a month ago and were buried in the forums.

The first phase with any Magic Lantern port is getting the display running and that is what we are seeing in the lead photo above.

According to the forum, there is still quite a long way to go. It seems  that Canon stirred the firmware quite a bit from previous camera. On te other hand, this may be the first step towards RAW 4K footage (assuming it wont turn the camera into a ball of over heated flames).

If you want to dive in into the technical aspects of it, go ahead and jump into the ML discussion.

[Magic Lantern via planet5d]

P.S. if you want to get a jump start on Magic Lantern (for older Canons) you can start here.

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3 responses to “Magic Lantern shows signs of life on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV”

  1. Dan K Avatar
    Dan K

    it beggars belief that Magic Lantern is still needed.

  2. Michael Avatar
    Michael

    I bet its missing the 4K MP4 emcoding in the SoC. But maybe we can do something about the crop

  3. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Canon should just hire the developers.