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The Canon Camera Hackers Manual: Teach Your Camera New Tricks Paperback – June 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1933952581 ISBN-10: 193395258X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193395258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952581
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Berthold Daum studied photography in Melbourne and has both exhibited and published his images of Australia's natural beauty.

He also hold a Ph.D in Mathematics and is a professional Java and XML developer. Mr. Daum specializes in innovative electronic business technology and electronic content production. His experience in software training and ability to anticipate the needs of professional developers has been demonstrated in his previous books, including Eclipse 2 for Java Developers (Wiley) and Modeling Business Objects with XML Schema (Morgan-Kaufmann).

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Nature Guy on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having been one of the people to have been involved in the creation of the CHDK project from day one, and all during 3 years after, I was extremely disappointed to know that someone would be taking all the information that _*I*_ painstakingly authored on the Wiki pages for MONTHS and YEARS for CHDK. Then he would just paraphrase ALL MY WORK in a book for himself just so he could get rich off of this open-source project that so many worked on for free. When the CHDK community heard of this author doing this, it was met with mixed reactions. None of which were very warm. ALL THEIR HARD WORK THAT THEY DID FOR FREE, JUST FOR THIS PLAGIARIST TO FINANCIALLY BENEFIT OFF OF IT.

This doesn't sit well. Especially since I was the one to write the main brunt of the original CHDK-Wiki User's Guides, Programming Tutorials, Grid Designs, and so much more, where this "author" got *ALL* his original information.

At no time did this author ever contact ANY of the people involved in the CHDK project, and at NO TIME did he even bother to offer to send one of his books for inspection to ANYONE to see if he even made any errors (of which there were many that were corrected on the Wiki *AFTER* this "author" had his book published), nor did he even send copies as a good-will gesture to the programmers and documentation authors for all that he received for free from everyone involved in the CHDK project.


Just search for CHDK WIKI in any search engine and the very first link presented will lead you to the FULL documentation of CHDK with more information and scripts than this author could have ever printed in his book. AND ITS ALL FREE. Quite unlike what some underhanded greedy plagiarists would rather have you believe.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jose M. Baeza on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have always been a point and click picture taking person. I have a Canon PowerShot SD770 IS but I had never taken a good look at the owner's manual and although I thought it would be nice to have the date on pictures I took, I had never bothered to find out how to set it up. When I heard about this book from a friend detailing how one could greatly enhance the capabilities of Canon cameras through the use of this software called the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK), which was available on the Internet, I thought: this would be a great challenge - actually going out and getting the kit and learning how to use it.
I consider myself computer literate and I have written scripts in Unix and C. This would definitely be a "computer geek" project, though, and definitely a challenge. Besides, it would force me to learn more about photography and video production, something I have thought about at times but had never taken the time to pursue further. The first thing I did was read my camera's owner's manual and set up the camera to print the date on all the future pictures I will be taking! I then proceeded to get acquainted with the features that came with the camera. I was now prepared to see about those enhancements available for my camera on the web.
The chapter detailing the installation of the CHDK is only five pages and appears to imply that the installation is pretty simple and straightforward. That was not the case for me although I did get the job done. In a nutshell, the installation goes like this. One must download the program CardTricks from a web site to your computer. Then using the program CardTricks one formats the camera SD card as FAT. The SD card should be in the card reader of your computer.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By oldestgeek on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
CHDK only works on Powershot cameras. CANON DSLR cameras generally have a lot of what is in CHDK.

Another note, think of CHDK as Linux (it's not altho it's GNU licensed) on your camera. As geeky and as much fun, or, as murky and as much misery, depending on your results! Even with a mac, it's not easy to make work.

Have fun!
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I purchased this book in 2013.

Berthold Daum's THE CANON HACKERS MANUAL has three big weaknesses. First, the installation of CHDK instructions shows the age of this book (published in 2010, most of the information is probably 2009). There are lots of easier ways to install CHDK now, my favorite being using STICK. Second, the chapter on Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) is pretty much just a placeholder - a couple of pages saying "people use this for Kite Aerial Photography" but no real insights. Third, the index is automatically generated (i.e., useless); if you look up something like "memory" you'll be referred to 40+ different pages.

The strength of the book is the extensive discussion of writing scripts. I'd recommend this book to the experienced programmer who probably should be a fairly experienced amateur photographer. Since none of the examples refer directly to KAP, but could be useful (e.g., the intervalometer script), I'm not sure I'd recommend this to a beginning KAPper. The utility of this book is more for the uber-nerd interested in ... wait for it ... hacking Canon portable cameras.

I liked the book and found it useful and interesting. But, it is showing its age. I'd be extremely interested in an updated edition.
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