CHDK – The Canon Hack Development Kit has a printed manual now: The Canon Camera Hackers Manual: Teach Your Camera New Tricks (around €20 in Europe, $20 on amazon US)
CHDK offers some additional features to Canon Consumer Cameras such as
Professional control – RAW files, bracketing, full manual control over exposure, zebra mode, live histogram, grids, etc.
Motion detection – Trigger exposure in response to motion, fast enough to catch lightning.
USB remote – Simple DIY remote allows you to control your camera remotely.
Scripting – Control CHDK and camera features using ubasic and Lua scripts. Enables time lapse, motion detection, advanced bracketing, and much more.
(more on the CHDK Wiki)
The book addresses “geeky” owners of Canon consumer cameras who would like to explore the possibilities of their cameras, and eventually tweak them to do things way beyond their original specifications, such as
- RAW file (or DNG) support in addition to the camera’s JPEG output – Manual control for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO – Expand shutter speeds way beyond the specification limits – Enable bracketing
The hacks are based on the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK), a free software maintained by a group of enthusiasts. Many scripts are already published on the web. The book teaches how to use existing scripts and how to write new ones.
Canon cameras, especially their consumer lines of PowerShot/IXUS cameras, allow the user to temporarily upload so called add-ons into the camera through the memory card. The next time the camara is switched 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 loosing the manufacturers warranty.