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CHDK Features[]

  • RAW - CHDK can record raw files, giving you access to every bit of data the sensor saw, without compression or processing. Raw files can be manipulated on the camera, or processed on your PC. CHDK supports the open DNG raw standard.
  • Override Camera parameters - Exposures from 2048s to 1/60,000s with flash sync. Full manual or priority control over exposure, aperture, ISO and focus.
  • Bracketing - Bracketing is supported for exposure, aperture, ISO, and even focus.
  • Video Overrides - Control the quality or bitrate of video, or change it on the fly. Extended video clip length - 1 hour or 2GB.
  • Scripting - Control CHDK and camera features using uBASIC and Lua scripts. Enables time lapse, motion detection, advanced bracketing, and much more. Many user-written scripts are available on the forum and wiki.
  • Motion detection - Trigger exposure in response to motion, fast enough to catch lightning.
  • Edge overlay - Detect the edges in a scene, and display them later. Ideal for timelapses, stop-motion, stereography and much more.
  • Live Histogram - CHDK includes a customizable, live histogram display, like those typically found on more expensive cameras. (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel)
  • Zebra-Mode - Displays under and overexposure areas live on the screen.
  • GRIDS - Create custom grids and display whichever one suits your shooting conditions.
  • Multi-Lingual Interface - CHDK supports about 22 languages, and adding more languages is simple.
  • DOF Calculator - Display detailed DOF information on the screen.
  • Customizable OSD - Improved display of battery status, free space, camera parameters, and much more. Fully customizable with an on-screen editor.
  • Filebrowser - Manage files without a PC.
  • Textreader - Display text files on your camera.
  • Games - Play Reversi, Sokoban, Mastermind, 4-in-a-Row, Tetris, Snake or Sudoku on your camera.
  • Calendar
  • USB Remote - Simple DIY remote allows you to trigger exposures or scripts.
  • PTP Extension - Remote control and display from a PC
  • Benchmark - Compare the performance of your SD cards.
  • User Menu - Edit your own customizable User-Menu for fast access to often used features.
  • Battery Indicator - Always on
  • Ability to control dark frame subtraction
  • there is even more → read the Manual & explore this wiki.

Version Supported Features in CHDK[]

Values are Y (yes, verified working) N (no, fails to work), - (confirmed as unsupported/unimplemented), ? (unknown status), 123(numbers for foot notes for confirmed details on specific models). This table is new. If you are enjoying CHKD, please help fill in the "?" unknowns.

Version 1.0.0 (obsolete) 1.1.0 (old stable) 1.2.0 (stable)
DNG 1.1 1.1 & 1.3 1.1 & 1.3
Override Y Y V2 UI
Bracket Y Y Y
Video Override Y Y Y
Scripting Y Y Y
Motion detect Y Y V2
Edge overlay Y Y Y
Histogram Y Y Y
Zebra-Mode Y Y Y
Grids Y Y Y
Multi-Lang Y Y Y
DOF Calc Y Y Y
Custom OSD Y Y Y
Filebrowser Y Y Y
Textreader Y Y Y
Games Y Y Y
Calendar Y Y Y
USB remote V1 V2 V2
SD Benchmark Y Y Y
User Interface V1 V1 V2
User Menu Y Y Y
User Menu Scripts N N Y
Loadable Modules N Y Y
Lua graphics N Y Y
Live Video N Y Y
Script Console V1 V1 V2