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Magic Lantern beefs up the EOS 5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has always been known for its videography prowess, but this doesn’t seem to stop Magic Lantern from coming up with an add-on firmware that would radically improve its video recording capability even further.

For the uninitiated, Magic Lantern has made its mark in the photography scene by providing custom firmware for EOS cameras that boosts some of its features. Think of them as XDA-Developer of the camera world.


Anyway, going back to the 5DMKIII firmware. In the past, the renowned camera can only shoot 1080p resolution in H.264 format. When applied and paired with a snappy CF card, the Magic Lantern’s software allows the full-frame dSLR to shoot at 24fps RAW videos at 1920×820 resolution.

As any professional photographer would tell you, shooting in RAW has its perks; one of them is enhanced Resolution and Dynamic Range. The same can be said for video recording, so this added boost will certainly be a welcome addition to the 5DMKIII’s arsenal.


According to Magic Lantern, there’s still work left to be done for the firmware to become a daily driver. However, if you’re bold enough, you can already try out the firmware on your high-end. Of course, it’ll be at your own risk. You can find the firmware on the Source2 link below.

For now, you can check out the sample video taken using the 5DMKIII. The top one was shot in RAW format while the other was recorded in H.264 ALL-I recording with the Cinestyle format.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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2 Responses

  1. OMAR HUERTAS says:

    ML has enabled 14 bit @ 1920 x 1080 in raw

    i have enable raw modual in 5dmk3 with nightly build may 12th 2013


  2. GetsUno says:

    Is there a guide on how to install this onto their 5D M3? Also once you have installed this update can it be undone?

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