Just when we thought the Magic Lantern madness couldn’t get any crazier, they go and enable raw video capture on the 5-year-old Canon 50D. By taking advantage of the 50D’s ability to push out a video feed from the sensor for live view, the Magic Lantern crew dug further to apply what they’ve learned from recent 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II experiments to draw raw video out of the 50D.
While we’re not going to see the quality and resolution that we are from the 5D Mark III, the early results are very promising for this discontinued camera. Check out some early sample footage from the 50D operating at 1592 x 720 resolution.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/66995002 w=640&h=360] [vimeo https://vimeo.com/67078549 w=640&h=360]
Just imagine if Canon unlocked the power of these cameras from day one – without the need to hack them for additional functionality…
While you can no longer buy a new Canon 50D, they are still floating around used in the neighborhood of $500 give or take. B&H usually has a couple in stock used.
See also additional recent coverage of Magic Lantern updates from Planet 5D below:
- Largest collection of Magic Lantern RAW HDSLR video on the planet
- Largest collection of Magic Lantern RAW HDSLR video on the planet part II
- Largest collection of Magic Lantern RAW HDSLR video on the planet part III
- Magic Lantern code – how has it changed over time? Well, in short, a LOT!
- Is it possible to record RAW video straight to SSD with Magic Lantern? CF to SSD?
- Luke Neumann on Magic Lantern Canon 5D Mark III RAW video
- More Magic Lantern magic – the video “zoom” feature