We saw this on the Magic Lantern pages:
This is now possible and it equivalent to putting a 3X multiplier on your lens without changing the f stop.
Note that this is currently very very very alpha and if you read the post, you'll see the process is difficult to even set up and execute – but that will possibly change as the Magic Lantern team has time to code improvements if this process is deemed something to add to the setup.
Technical Issues: So far I am unable to control shutter speed and aperture in RAW video mode. I think shutter speed is 1/24 for 24 fps and the aperture is always WIDE OPEN!
Other posts on the new RAW Video feature of Magic Lantern:
- Magic Lantern Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW video vs Blackmagic Cinema Camera!
- First Magic Lantern RAW video short shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark III released
- Updates on the RAW video progress from Magic Lantern for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
- RAW 24fps DNG video hits the Canon EOS 5D Mark III via Magic Lantern!
- Magic Lantern RAW video for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III comes to the mac & OSX
- Magic Lantern Raw Video Test – H.264 vs. Hacked GH2 vs. 5D3 Raw Video
The beauty of this video is that there is ZERO loss of detail when compared to a photo taken a full resolution. Of course the photo covers the entire size of the sensor 5760×3840 pix while the video is just a small portion of the sensor in my case I am generating a video of 1920×1080 pix. There is no down-sampling of the sensor so the image is a 1:1 crop.
Since we are using 1920 pix out of the 5760 pix (width) the zoom factor is 5760/1920 = 3X.
The process to record this is a bit arduous, but again, hopefully this will be improved in future versions.
Samples and description
Ok, so now that you're possibly totally confused, I asked @RenatoPhoto who posted the thread on the Magic Lantern forums if it would be possible to share some photos showing the setup so it would be a bit more clear and he sent these to us.
First, a normal view:
So you can see the detail that is there in the zoomed video!
And just to go back and compare H.264 video to the new DNG RAW, @RenatoPhoto provided this image:
(cover photo credit: snap from the Magic Lantern site)