Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Chilliwack, BC, Canada.
It isn't created by the cameras manufacturers or software engineers. Any third party firmware can harm your camera and void your warranty.
Here's what happened to me...
I had my Canon point and shoot a year and thought what the heck, this looks awesome!!!
I downloaded the correct file to the sdcard and booted up the camera.... The first bootup the camera made some crazy grinding noises and the lens went in and out (zoom/unzoom) hysterically then settled. I immediately assumed my camera was likely ruined because it went haywire.
The camera booted up and worked, took some nice shots, had some nice features, but then I started noticing weird things happening with the camera. Display issues cropped up in both CHDK mode or even without CHDK (screen flickering and colours screwy)... More and more problems cropped up. Then I ended up having to buy a new camera.
The creators of this software keep putting out newer versions with fixes, you are basically being a tester by installing it on your camera. I noticed after I installed mine, a newer updated version was available a month later. Could the newer version fixed the issues that destroyed my camera? Hard to say...
By installing this CHDK software you are removing the canon from your canon and putting in "Something else" in my opinion. The issues I had after installing CHDK would never happened if it wasn't for the CHDK, and likely would have had a longer life of the camera.
I would never install CHDK on anything other than a junky/old camera to maybe spice it up, I'd never install it on a new decent point and shoot even if I had warranty. You can take great shots with todays point and shoots & features without the need for CHDK.