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I hacked my camera!

Apr 17, 2008

Okay, I know, I’m a nerd but hear me out.  I came across an article on Wired and discovered that I could accomplish the firmware hack with my Canon A630 point-and-shoot camera.

So, what’s so great about that?  Well, the long and short of it is that it allows my $200 P&S to perform functions that DSLR cameras (priced at least 2, 3, heck even 10 times as much) can.  Such functions as RAW, freakishly long and short exposures, bracketing, etc.

Below are 2 examples.   The first was a approximately a 100 second exposure and shot RAW.  The second was approximately a 1/10000 of a second exposure which allowed me to stop the rain drops in their tracks.

groveland tap long exposure[Okay, I know, I’m a nerd but hear me out.  I came across an article on Wired and discovered that I could accomplish the firmware hack with my Canon A630 point-and-shoot camera.

So, what’s so great about that?  Well, the long and short of it is that it allows my $200 P&S to perform functions that DSLR cameras (priced at least 2, 3, heck even 10 times as much) can.  Such functions as RAW, freakishly long and short exposures, bracketing, etc.

Below are 2 examples.   The first was a approximately a 100 second exposure and shot RAW.  The second was approximately a 1/10000 of a second exposure which allowed me to stop the rain drops in their tracks.

groveland tap long exposure](http://www.flickr.com/photos/micahtaylor/2421741138/ “storm drain by Micah Taylor, on Flickr”)

This will allow me to fight off the DSLR gear lust a little longer… hooray for contentment!


Micah