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Using Shareware/Freeware To Check Shutter Count Actuations Of Your DSLR Camera

2009-08-05 03:47
Note: Updated August 4 2009 with 40DShutterCount releases a new version called EOSInfo.

As you should already know, every camera that has a shutter has a limited number of times that the shutter can be pressed. The number could be very high, like in the 100,000 cycle of shutters in some high-end DSLR models. You probably won't know exactly what it is until the camera breaks, and you will then need to replace it with a new shutter. Almost all current DSLR models put the shutter count information inside the pictures. The information is located in the pictures metadata and can only be viewed by using special software, here are some of the software utilities that you can use:

For Nikon DSLR cameras:

You can try the shareware Opanda IExif for Win98 / Me / 2000 / XP [latest version 2.3]. After you have downloaded and installed Opanda IExif, right click on your latest picture taken with your DSLR, then choose "View Iexif\GPS\IPTC with IExif". Scroll down until you see "Total Number of Shutter Releases for Camera" and you will get your latest DSLR shutter count value.

There is also another software called Preview Extractor [latest version 1.6] which comes with a feature to extract the shutter count embedded in the picture. In preview extractor, clicing on "Shutter Count" opens a new, small window. Use the "Load Image" button, or drag and drop any image onto the window. It will tell you how many times the shutter of your camera have operated, since it was manufactured. The internal counter increases every time you take picture, acquire white balance, acquire dust ref. photo or shoot with no CF card. It is reported to work with D50, D70(s), D2H(s), D2X or D200. 

MyShutterCount.com provides a tool for you to check your digital camera shutter count and basic EXIF information. Just simply upload a photo which is taken by your digital camera. The site will show you the shutter count of your camera. At this moment, the site supports Nikon's NEF, Pentax's DNG and PEF format, as well as JPG format.

For Canon DSLR cameras:

There is a software by astrojargon called EOSInfo, which is a successor to the older 40DShutterCount software that works on any of the Canon DIGIC III/IV DSLRs except the 1D* series. This means it will work for the 40D, the 50D, the 450D and the 1000D. It will also show the shutter counter for the 5D Mark II, but the camera must be power-cycled before the value is updated. The shutter counter will not be displayed (or will be displayed as "0") on the 1D*, 5D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 300D, 350D, and 400D. It simply because the Canon SDK does not support retrieving the shutter count for these camera. Taking pictures while in LiveView increments the shutter count while entering and exiting live view mode does not. This new version now installs its own copies of the support .DLLs from the Canon SDK without the need to install EOSUtility first. It also provides more information than 40DShutterCount about the camera including firmware version, date/time, and owner/artist/copyright strings. At the installing the software, it will add a folder to your Programs menu called astrojargon.net, and in that folder a shortcut to the utility. Update: The author reported that Canon has removed the facility for checking the shutter count on the 500D so this software will not work with the Canon Rebel T1i (aka 500D).

You can also try this tool called ExifTool [latest version 8.42] by Phol Harvey. ExifTool is a very powerful command-line utility. In Windows, simply run the problem with the -ShutterCount parameter, for example, "exiftool(-k).exe -ShutterCount MyPhoto" and it will show you the shutter count information in the image EXIF data. Since many of the Canon DSLR camera does not store the correct shutter count information it the image EXIF data fields, the only way you can find out the actual shutter count for these cameras is through Canon Services Center.

For Olympus cameras:

Olympus doesn't store the shutter acutation details in the EXIF, but there's a nice trick one can use for Olympus bodies. Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Turn your camera on
  2. Open your memory card door
  3. Press "PLAY" +"OK" at the same time
  4. Press on the dial, in order: up, down, left and then right
  5. Depress the shutter release button fully
  6. Press up on the dial



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