The Canon Camera Hackers Manual – New Book

The Canon Camera Hackers Manual is a new book focused on the CHDK software that allows users to use and create scripts which unlock powerful potential of compact Canon cameras.  The Canon Camera Hackers Manual is authored by Berthold Daum.  The book retails for $29.95, but is available for $19.77 on at the time of this post.

The Canon Camera Hackers Manual Press Release

Santa Barbara, CAThe Canon Camera Hackers Manual (Rocky Nook, $29.95 USD) addresses “geeky” owners of Canon consumer cameras, such as the Powershot and IXUS, who would like to explore the possibilities of their cameras and eventually tweak them to do things way beyond their original specifications.

The hacks are based on the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK), free software maintained by a group of enthusiasts. Many scripts are already published on the web, and this book teaches how to use existing scripts and how to write new ones.

Canon cameras allow the user to temporarily upload so-called add-ons into the camera through the memory card. The next time the camera is powered on, the add-on is active; when the camera is switched off, the camera returns to its original state, so there is no risk of losing the manufacturer’s warranty.

Some of the things you will be able to do are:

  • Produce RAW (or DNG) files in addition to the camera’s JPEG output
  • Manually control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Expand shutter speeds way beyond the specification limits
  • Enable bracketing

Berthold Daum studied photography in Melbourne and has both exhibited and published his images of Australia’s natural beauty.

He also holds a Ph.D in mathematics and is a professional Java and XML developer. Dr. Daum specializes in innovative electronic business technology and electronic content production. His experience in software training and ability to anticipate the needs of professional developers has been demonstrated in his previous books, including Eclipse 2 for Java Developers (Wiley) and Modeling Business Objects with XML Schema (Morgan-Kaufmann).