There are photographers out there who are reluctant to shoot in Burst mode for action photography. They are afraid that the shutter count may get exhausted. So, How can you ensure that you have not exhausted the camera shutter count?

Earlier cameras didn’t have the shutter. The lens cap served this job.

What is Shutter count in DSLR?

In basic terms, Shutter count is nothing but the number of pictures clicked by the camera.

In technical terms, it is the number of actuation made by the camera shutter. It is related to the camera body since shutter forms the part of DSLR camera body.

How Camera Manufacturers Calculate Shutter Count?

Camera manufacturers derive the shutter count value for each camera body series based on the shutter reliability test. They will put the shutter for a stress test to check after how many activations it starts to fail?

It will be done on multiple shutter samples, and the value is derived based on these results.

Why is Shutter Count Important?

Every camera body comes with a defined shutter count. Camera manufacturers give a specified shutter count value for each camera model.

The shutter would work reliably up to this value. So, the manufacturer specifies the camera warranty up to this value. If anything happens to the camera shutter after this value, you will have to get it replaced at your own cost.

Shutter count for a high-end full-frame DSLR like Canon 1DX Mark ii is 4,00,000 whereas, for a high-end Half frame DSLR camera like Canon 7D Mark ii, it is 2,00,000. So, shutter durability rating varies with models. High-end cameras will come with more shutter count.

Is it possible to Alter Shutter Count?

Altering camera shutter count is a fraud. So camera manufacturers ensure that these values are tamper-proof.

They store the shutter durability values inside the camera’s internal memory. The user will not have write access to this part of the memory. Thus they protect the camera from Shutter count fraud.

How To Check Camera Shutter Count?

DSLR Camera Shutter Count

The one question you should ask before buying a second hand or used camera is, What is its Shutter Count? So, the seller needs to share these details with the buyer.

So, both of them needs to know this value. It is actually this value which determines the price of a used camera. If the camera has already crossed its designed shutter durability rating then you may get it for a cheap price. The shutter of such a camera can fail at any time. So, you will have to replace it with a new one for reliable working.

The method to check shutter count value varies for different camera manufacturers.

For Nikon

If you are using a Nikon camera then finding Nikon camera shutter count is a straightforward thing. You can upload your last taken photo in the any of the following sites to get that value. Some sites support RAW format whereas JPEG for others.

Shutter Counter Online Software

My Shutter Count Online Checker Software

Camera Shutter Count Checker Tool

In the case of Nikon, it is stored in the EXIF data of the photograph. Use these online shutter count checkers to pull out the value.

Now, you may be thinking that if this value is shown in the EXIF data then we can easily alter it. They have stored this count in the inner level EXIF data file which is not accessible by the photo editing tools which shows the basic EXIF data, hence not editable. You will need a dedicated EXIF tool if you are looking for a computer tool to pull out these values. 

For Canon

Unfortunately, things are a bit complex in Canon. If you are using Mac then you can use 40D Shutter Count software from Astrojargon. EOS Info software for Windows users.

Certain models from Canon are not supported by these Canon shutter count software. So you will have to take it to a Canon authorized service center to know the exact shutter count.

So, check your camera shutter count to ensure that you have not crossed the safe operating threshold.