First Impression on NX300 (unpacked)

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ariston Senior Member • Posts: 2,401
Re: First Impression on NX300 (unpacked)

photoreddi wrote:

Ariston wrote:

monkeybrain wrote:

Nice! Hope you enjoy your new camera. Obviously lots of requests in the thread, hope you don't mind me adding to them by asking for some shots that really test out the dynamic range.

Also, can anyone explain the significance of the Linux OS on the camera? Will this give us any new options, apps, hacks etc?

Linux OS, smaller, simpler, faster. it practically fully utilizes the camera's potential. it also, as mentioned opens up the camera for possible hacks or updates that would make the camera work better or perform certain tasks. e.g. magic lantern, video recording limit, shutterspeed,etc...

Nope. Whether it's implemented in the CPU's machine code or using a higher level language program running under the camera's operating system, hacks (like CHDK) rely on intentionally designed back doors. This could be a button sequence on the camera, initiated either when powering the camera on or pressing button combinations while inside the menu system, or looking for a specific language file at power-on at a particular location on the camera's memory card. If such a back door is available, the hack could be written in either the CPU's machine language or a compiled or interpreted that's compatible with the OS, which could be linux or any other OS. Well, maybe not Windows, unless it's a really old, lightweight, stripped version such as Windows 3.x that I once had running on an old HP 200LX DOS based palmtop computer. Like many more recent P&S cameras, it ran on two alkaline or Ni-Cd AA batteries, which could last for up to about 40 hours. For this to work, your hackable camera would probably need to use an Intel compatible CPU.

actually there is a backdoor with the NX cameras, although Samsung decided to disable the one on the newer NX cameras with their recent firmware updates. using an open-source software rather than propriety would open the possibility of using 3rd party mods.

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