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#1 Magic Lantern

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Magic Lantern is advanced software that enhances the functionality of Canon’s superior DSLRs. It has created an open platform under the GPL license for developing extensions to the official firmware. It is an independent program that runs in conjunction with Canon’s own software. Every time you turn on the camera, the program is loaded from your memory card. Its only modification is to allow the software to run from the memory card.

The software has played a role in transforming consumer digital cameras into tools suitable for high-quality digital filmmaking and is currently being developed by photo and video enthusiasts, adding features such as HDR images and video, slow motion, motion detection, focus assist tools, manual audio controls, and much more.

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#2 CHDK

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Canon Hacker Development Kit (CHDK) is a free experimental development tool that lets you temporarily hack your Canon camera. With all DSLR functions unlocked for your control, the jailbroken camera is an intelligent payload that can read scripted functions such as shooting, zoom, and (importantly later) read the power supplied to its USB port. The application is an extensive and easy way to take high-quality pictures. It enables you to turn a Canon point-and-shoot camera into a dynamic payload through some easy scripting.

After installing this application the first section covers adding scripts, running scripts, and attaching the camera to your fixed-wing plane. This simple method is great for basic automatic camera control. Next, it explains how to coordinate camera control with autonomous missions by integrating CHDK with ArduPilot. Although this implementation is more complex, it provides excellent functionality for automatic waypoint surveys. Finally, it will show you a fun app where you can map an area by creating a composite image from still photos.

#3 400plus

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400plus is a free firmware enhancement software that offers additional features and functionality to your Canon 400D / XTi camera in both a non-destructive and non-permanent way. It works by automatically loading into the camera’s memory on boot to improve the camera’s firmware, but this is not a permanent firmware update and is easy to uninstall. It is an alternative firmware for Canon 400D cameras. Similar to Magic Lantern, it adds advanced functions to the camera and enables you to tweak some settings.

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#4 Breeze Systems

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Breeze System is a platform that develops smart, reliable, and world-class photo software that is utilized by over 80 countries of the world. What makes this software unique is that it fully adapts to your brand. Whether you run the world’s leading event business, operate a small photo booth, or run a company alone, it has the right products for you. Each product is created with passion, professionalism, and unrivaled technical expertise. Above all, it is the impeccable reliability that has built its solid reputation around the world. The platform knows that software glitches frustrate your customers as much as their own. Breeze software is designed to enhance your reputation, instead of harm it.

#5 Cascable

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Cascable is an application that can turn a great camera into an amazing one by helping you control and automate its functions right from your iPhone or iPad. You can even transfer your photos from it from one application. Compatible with over 200 different cameras from major manufacturers, it connects via Wi-Fi and USB for ultra-fast image import and more. Whether you are a photography master or a passionate hobbyist, it is the app your camera has been missing.

The core features of the platform include Full control of camera exposure and other settings directly from iPhone or iPad, Supports time-lapse shooting, exposure bracketing, and more with built-in automation, Apple Watch support for camera shutter control that is perfect for taking group shots, TV-out via AirPlay and HDMI, making it easy to share photos with others, Built-in calculators for exposure and other features – great for astrophotography and more, Download full-resolution images (including RAW **) quickly and easily directly to your iPhone or iPad, Powerful drag and drop automation to create complex and unique time-lapse sequences and much more.

#6 Entangle

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Entangle is an application that gives a graphical interface for “tethered shooting”, aka taking photographs with a digital camera entirely controlled from the computer. It is open-source software licensed under the GNU GPL v3 +. It is built on top of libgphoto using the GTK-3 interface. It is fully color-managed, automatically detects the system monitor profile, and applies the necessary transformations when displaying images. The core features of Entangle include Connect Camera, Launch Entangle, Shoot photos, Trigger the shutter from the computer, Live preview of the scene before shooting, Automatic download and display of photos as they are shot, and control of all camera settings from the computer.