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Digital Cameras: Hacking Pictures

Turn your Canon EOS 300D Into a 10D

Your Canon EOS 300D can have many of the features of the much more expensive Canon 10D, including ASA settings over ISO 3200.
Your Canon EOS 300D can have many of the features of the much more expensive Canon 10D, including ASA settings over ISO 3200.

With a mere file download and a simple firmware upgrade, your Canon EOS 300D can have many of the features of the much more expensive Canon 10D, including ASA settings over ISO 3200 (shown here), a custom functions menu, shutter release without a CompactFlash memory card present, and more. (I-hacked.com explains this top-notch camera hack and details its full benefits.)

Before you try this hack, grab a copy of the latest firmware upgrade from Canon's Web site, so you'll always be able to reinstall that firmware in case anything goes wrong. After that, performing the hack is a simple matter of following these steps:

  1. Download the hacked firmware file here.
  2. Use your camera to format a CF card that holds at least 8MB, then save the firmware on that CF card through your PC or Mac.
  3. Insert the CF card into the camera.
  4. Turn the camera on. It will recognize the firmware and give you directions on the LCD screen for how to proceed (basically you accept the new firmware and then restart).

Reusable Dakota Camera Can Be a Hacker's Bargain

Do you think basic digital camera features should be more affordable? So do I. Start with a trip to your local Ritz Camera or discount store and pick up a $20 reusable Dakota digital camera. You're supposed to buy a Dakota, use it, and then return it to the store to get your images printed. But with a few hacks, you can get the pictures out yourself.

John Maushammer has the Dakota well documented at his Web site, with details on how to hack a USB connection onto the camera. Once you can get pictures off the Dakota, click here for instructions on removing the camera's built-in software limit of 25 pictures.

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