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How to Know The Number of Shots a DSLR Camera Has Taken

Danny Greer
By Danny Greer
By Danny Greer

If you’re looking to verify the use of a camera you can quickly see how many shots (or shutter actuations) it has taken using these handy apps.

Cameras, like any piece of mechanical equipment, will break down over time. After enough use the moving parts will simply wear out.

There are instances then, when it is important to know just how many times a camera has been used. Perhaps you’re looking to buy a used camera body or are simply curious about how much life you may have left in yours (you don’t want to be stuck out on a shoot with an old, faulty camera). You can measure how used a camera is by looking at the shutter actuations.

Every time a picture is taken on a DSLR camera the shutter opens and closes – one actuation.

In this post we’ll share a few FREE shutter actuation apps that will tell you your cameras shutter count, as well as info on the average life of popular DSLRs based on shutter actuations.

Canon Shutter Actuations

Here are two free Canon shutter actuation apps that make it quick and easy to determine previous shot counts..

Shutter Count Tools is a FREE PC based app that’s LearningDSLRVideo.com recommended. You can download it here. Check out the following quick tutorial on how to use it:

Mac users will want to check out ShutterCount, a simple app that will display shutter actuation and serial number for Canon DSLRs. At $1.99 it’s nearly free. ShutterCount can be downloaded from the app store here.

Maximum Shutter Actuations Life Prediction for Canon Cameras (taken from this forum):

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D – 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i / 500D – 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / 450D – 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D – 50,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D – 50,000
Canon EOS 50D – 100,000
Canon EOS 40D – 100,000
Canon EOS 30D – 100,000
Canon EOS 20D – 50,000
Canon EOS 10D – 25,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark II – 150,000
Canon EOS 5D – 100,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark III – 300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N – 200,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III – 300,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark II – 200,000

Nikon Shutter Actuations

Nikon DSLRs

Nikon (and Pentax) shooters can determine shutter actuations by uploading a still photo from the camera to MyShutterCount.com. Image file types supported include: “Nikon’s NEF, Pentax’s DNG and PEF format, and of course JPG.”

Maximum Shutter Actuations Life Prediction for Nikon Cameras (taken from ShutterActuations.com):

Nikon D4 - 400,000
Nikon D3, D3x, D3s - 300,000
Nikon D800/D800E - 200,000
Nikon D700, Nikon D600 - 150,000
Nikon D7000, D300s, D300 - 150,000
Nikon D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000, D90 - 100,000