Magic Lantern blows up the HDSLR world with 14bit RAW stream in LiveView

by planetMitch3 Comments

Recent RAW data developments have led to the discovery of the 14bit RAW stream in LiveView. DNG pics with no shutter action now possible on the 5D2 and 5D3!

With this post about 5 hours ago, the Canon 5D market just blew up with new possibilities.

UPDATE: SEE THIS POST FOR MORE INFO Note: this update clarifies the current capabilities and potential future options.

Nutshell: This is 2k photo mode with DNG images being shot without forcing the shutter to open and close. Initially, this opens up something that is basically silent stills mode – with possibilities of making this like the output from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera since its video is DNG cinema. Of course, it may turn out to not be possible to make this into videos, but it is another significant leap for Magic Lantern and Canon EOS 5D Mark II and III shooters.

More on this as we learn more! Chat about it in this thread on the planet5D forums!

Silent timelapse and more?

From Magic Lantern facebook post:

No mirror flip or shutter curtain movement. This is a big deal for time lapsers who sometimes shoot 1000 or more shots in 1 sitting. This can significantly extend the life of their cameras. Also bodes well for RAW video in the future.

Sample image dynamic range

Luke Neumann (planetLuke on planet5D) has shared 2 sample images showing before and after: <img src="×291.jpg&quot; alt="Luke Neumann shows 14 bit RAW Cinema DNG before (left) and after (right)” width=”550″ height=”291″ class=”size-large wp-image-27550″ /> Luke Neumann shows 14 bit RAW Cinema DNG before (left) and after (right)

Luke Neumann shows one full image from the 14 bit live view stream

Luke Neumann shows one full image from the 14 bit live view stream

Luke also just posted this on facebook:

Live broadcast, H.264 vs. RAW comparison and downloadable files all coming today. Stay tuned!


Refocused Media Magic Lantern says its for Stills mode, no mention of Video. Did I miss something? Can you confirm Video for certain?

Neumann Films It's technically photo but so is the RAW video on the BMCC. Image sequences.

Niklas Rahmel What about resolution for this? It can't be full resolution, can it?

Magic Lantern Not full sensor res, RAW LiveView buffer res. 2040×1428 on the 5D2.

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(cover photo credit: snap from Luke Neumann)