Magic Lantern is an add-on that runs from an included SD card that adds a host of new features to the Canon 5D Mark III
, including the ability to record 14-bit uncompressed RAW video to your CF card, custom vignetting for lens correction, HDR video, full control over framerate, on-screen overlays like zebras for under/over exposed area and waveform for green screen lighting, live audio headphone monitoring, in-camera intervalometer, trap/follow/rack focusing, custom AF patterns, and more. Also included with this kit is the Technicolor CineStyle Profile which boosts dynamic range by retaining detail in light and dark areas for proper color correction. This kit is ideal for experimenters and advanced DSLR filmmakers who need full control over their artistic vision.
The Canon 5D Mark III is one of the most stable cameras to use Magic Lantern with. Magic Lantern runs off the included SD card as an add-on over the standard firmware of the camera. While Magic Lantern was initially developed with filmmakers in mind, features such as the in-camera intervalometer and extra long bulb settings are attractive add-ons for photographers. Please see our Notes tab for more information, as there are risks and warnings for using Magic Lantern.