DSLRs are great. They give the user control over everything from focus, to exposure, and beyond. Unfortunately, they are also bulky and expensive compared to point and shoot cameras. What if you could get the flexibility of a DSLR with the portability of a point and shoot? Well, if you happen to be the type of person who doesn't mind doing it themselves and hacking around with their toys, then the Canon Hackers Development Kit (CHDK) might be just what you are looking for.
One of the great things about the CHDK is that all of the changes you make are temporary. This means that all of the advanced features that you activate will not stop others from quickly and easily using your camera like a typical point and shoot. Additionally, the CHDK is completely free and customizable for those looking to modify their cameras features even further.
Some of the features of the CHDK include settings found strictly on professional cameras. Included in this is the ability to shoot photos in RAW, bracketing, control over exposure, and even live histograms. All of these are features that give the user more control over the outcome of the photo. Additionally, features such as motion control and the ability to write custom scripts is supported by the CHDK. Both of these subsequent features are completely customizable, and in fact a step beyond what is found on most DSLR cameras.
Whether you have a DSLR or not, a Canon point and shoot paired with a the CDHK is a must have for any avid photographer. By coupling the power of a DSLR with the portability of a point and shoot, you will be sure to never miss another great shot.
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