You can’t be a credible tech writer in the homebrew and jailbreak community without some degree of skepticism. As we’ve seen in the past, scammers and trolls try to pass themselves off as developers, make ridiculous claims, post doctored photographs, and ultimately fail to release the goods. Micgadget, source of all manner of leaks posted an article “iOS and Android Running on Nikon and Canon DSLRs?” The answer to their question is (mostly) a firm ‘no.’
I’m going to give Micgadget’s writer Herman Lai some credit and assume that he doesn’t believe the pictures he found on Weibo are representative of real software hacks. The pictures include not just iOS running on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Android running on a Nikon D600, the shots of the cameras also include the DSLRs playing StarCraft and Counter-Strike, even the PC version of Photoshop.
To the picture of the Canon DSLR playing starcraft, Lai writes “I think he needs a mouse.” The deadpan humor’s dry enough to confuse readers. Despite the snarky writer, there were the requisite jabs at the quality of the Micgadget site. One reader who didn’t get the joke posted:
Step 1. Do a google image search for OS screenshots
Step 2. Load said screenshots onto camera
Step 3. ?????
Step 4. Profit
This is, of course, what happened with the screenshots, but that’s besides the point.
That’s not to say that there is no community-made software for DSLR cameras. The capabilities of Canon DSLRs can be greatly expanded with the custom Magic Lantern firmware. Meanwhile Nikon’s cameras that use the Nikon Expeed 3 processor could hypothetically run Android (though it wouldn’t be remarkably useful on a device without wireless radios or a touch screen). There’s almost no chance of it being anything more than a screenshot.
Is there any software that you’d like to see ported to an odd platform? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.