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Magic Lantern hacks the Canon EOS M

Magic Lantern is third-party firmware that adds more functionality to certain Canon cameras. The development team has confirmed that the EOS M hack is in the works.

The enterprising developers at Magic Lantern have done it again.

Hello, world! It's Magic Lantern! (Credit: Magic Lantern)

Just weeks after finally cracking the nut that was the EOS 7D, the developers have said that the custom firmware can be run on Canon's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC), the EOS M.

Magic Lantern is third-party firmware that can be run on certain Canon cameras to add extra functionality for stills and video recording. Additions include features like focus peaking and audio metering.

Even though the EOS M was developed concurrently with the EOS 650D, and shares most of its internal elements, the Magic Lantern team hasn't yet said if the firmware hack will work on the SLR.

The EOS M is a proficient camera, let down by its slow autofocus times. If Canon doesn't have a firmware fix for the slow AF in the works, perhaps Magic Lantern can help out. Now is the time to jump into the development thread and encourage the team to work on a tweak.

The alpha version of the firmware port for the EOS M is expected to be made available in the next few weeks.