Your camera’s shutter count is an important number that isn’t easily accessible on a Canon camera. The shutter count of your camera can give you a rough estimate of how many photos you’ve taken. Additionally it proves you with how much lifespan is left in the camera which is useful when buying used gear.
In this post I’ll show you how to get your Canon shutter count no matter if you have a Canon DSLR or mirrorless. From my experience the only working method for most Canon cameras is using a paid Mac app that I’ll detail in this post.
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Now let’s get into how to check shutter count on a Canon Camera.
What is Shutter Count?
In the most simple terms shutter count is the amount of photos that a camera has taken. Every time a camera takes a photo it has a mechanical shutter actuation which exposes the image; unless you are using a mirrorless camera on a silent shooting mode (or a mirrorless with no mechanical shutter). Shutter count is the number of times that the shutter actuation takes place.
Since camera gear is expensive it’s good to know how much life expectancy you can expect from your Canon camera.
Here’s a handy chart of popular Canon cameras and their expected shutter life.
Popular Canon Camera Shutter Life:
|Expected Shutter Life
|Canon EOS R5
|Canon EOS R6
|Canon EOS R7
|Canon EOS R
|Canon EOS RP
|Canon EOS 5D Mark III
|Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
|Canon EOS 80D
Why is Shutter Count Important?
All camera’s are rated for their shutter actuations. Meaning there are a certain amount of shutter actuations cameras are designed to last for. This metric is important when buying a used camera or just to learn how much wear and tear you’ve put on your camera and factor it into it’s depreciation.
How to Get Your Canon Camera’s Shutter Count
Sadly getting your Canon’s shutter account is a bit harder than other camera brands. Canon’s recommended way to check a camera’s shutter count is to send it into their facility.
But if you don’t have time to go without your camera there are a few other ways to check a Canon camera’s shutter count.
Apps to check Canon camera shutter count:
MacOS: ShutterCount by DIREstudios (Tested, works well)
iOS: ShutterCount Mobile by DIREstudios
Windows: Canon EOS DIGITAL Info (Untested, download the portable zip file with .exe)
Web: I’ve seen many sites claim to show shutter count by uploading a RAW/JPG but none have worked from my testing.
I’ve found the best success with ShutterCount by DIREstudios on Mac. It’s frequently updated and even works for shutter count information on newer cameras like the Canon R3.
Using ShutterCount on Mac
Sadly it’s a paid app but works well from my testing. You can get ShutterCount by DIREstudios on the Mac app store. After downloading and installing the app you’ll be greeted with a fairly simple UI.
You’ll need to connect your camera to your Mac and the shutter count will appear after the camera is connected and on. This is relatively easy with newer Macs and new Canon cameras since both use USB C. If you’re unable to find a wire for your camera you can order the correct one online.
A second option is to pair your camera to your mac while using the app via Wi-Fi. Once your camera is connected to your Wi-Fi network it should prompt you to ask to pair after connecting from the camera.
I also appreciate how the app gives you expected lifespan in a percentage as well. I’ve noticed on newer mirrorless cameras it’ll read out the shutter count less accurately like “<25,000” for example. In addition to shutter wear ShutterCount gives you your camera’s serial number.
The ShutterCount app will also track your shutter count over time and generate charts.
Frequently Asked Questions about Canon Shutter Count
What is shutter count?
Shutter count is the number of times that the camera’s mechanical shutter has been used to take a picture. The number of shutter actuations can affect a camera’s reliability over time.
Why is the shutter count important?
The shutter count is important because it can tell you how much a camera has been used and how much shutter life it has left. Ultimately shutter count effects the camera’s depreciation and can help you figure out how long the camera will last before the shutter needs to be replaced.
How can I find the shutter count on my Canon camera?
As noted in this article ShutterCounter for Mac is the best app to find Canon shutter count.
Do live views and videos affect the shutter count?
Using live view once adds one to the shutter count. Each video you take also increases the count by one. To use live view the camera has to open the shutter to expose it to the camera sensor.
What is considered a high shutter count?
A high shutter count varies depending on the camera model. Generally, professional-grade cameras can withstand a higher shutter count compared to consumer-level cameras. It is best to research the specific model you are interested in to determine what is considered high for that particular camera. In the article above I’ve listed popular Canon cameras and their expected shutter life.
Can the shutter count be reset?
No, you can’t change the number of shutters on a Canon camera.
Does a high shutter count mean the camera is unreliable?
No, not always. A high shutter count doesn’t mean that the camera is unreliable or will break soon just because it has a lot of them. But a high shutter count could mean that the camera has been used a lot and has more wear and tear than a camera with a low shutter count.
Can the shutter be replaced on a Canon camera?
Yes, you can change the shutter on a Canon camera. If your camera’s shutter is worn out or not working right, a professional Canon technician can replace it. I recommend reaching out to Canon if you are having issues with your shutter.
Hope this helped you find your Canon shutter count! I do wish getting shutter count on Canon cameras was easier like it is on Sony and Nikon cameras. Some other brands include shutter count in the EXIF data which would be an easier solution. While expected shutter life increases over the years I’m still hopeful that Canon will make it easier to view shutter count.
If you have any issues let me know in the comments below.