First reported at The Phoblographer, Canon Rumors published an article about possible hardware based hacks being just on the horizon for Canon shooters. CR received an email that stated that an unnamed company is gearing up to produce a hacked motherboard for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Modification of cameras is nothing new to many Canon users, some of whom opt to install a modified firmware (like Magic Lantern as perviously covered here).
Magic Lantern mods allow users to supplement the stock firmware, increasing dynamic range and allowing for raw video output. This mod would be different, requiring a physical replacement of components in your camera. As of now, nobody is certain if this hack would require that you replace your own board or if you'd simply send it off for modification. Much like the Magic Lantern firmware hacks, this is supposed to boost dynamic range as well as video performance and sharpness. CR reports the cost would be $1,000. At around 1/3 the cost of a 5D III, $1,000 might be a little pricey for such a modification and the results would certainly have to be profound to merit it. At the moment, we have no word on when (if ever) this hardware hack would be made available. If you're looking to boost the performance of your Mark III even further (and void your warrantee in the process) this hack might be just what you're looking for.
In the past, cameras have had some level of modularity, allowing for installation of different focusing screens, winders, etc. (for example my Hasselblad 500 is a total hotrod). Recently, though, we've moved away from this and most users shoot a completely "stock" body. Do you think this mod, if popular, could change the course of camera manufacturing, allowing for more non-factory modifications?
[Via The Phoblographer]