A proof-of-concept has shown that Magic Lantern, the free firmware add-on for Canon cameras, can be made to produce in-camera lossless 14-bit DNG files as opposed to the proprietary .CRW and .CR2 formats. Administrator “a1ex” outlined the breakthrough on Magic Lantern’s forum while another user provided sample DNG images using the modified firmware.
While this isn’t an official feature of Magic Lantern yet, it’s exciting news for Canon users who use Adobe Photoshop (isn’t that everyone?), since these “digital negatives” are directly compatible with the ubiquitous editing software.
It’s not clear if or when the feature will be officially offered in Magic Lantern, but if it is, users will no longer need to fret about quality loss when converting Canon’s proprietary RAW files into DNGs.
Find out more about Magic Lantern and how it can be used to shoot RAW video, the firmware add-on’s other notable feature, in DPG’s “User’s Guide for Underwater Video with the Canon 5D Mark III and Magic Lantern.”
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