How to Check Shutter Count on a Canon Camera

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.

Now let’s not waste anymore time and hop into how to check Canon shutter count.

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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 shutter actuation which exposes the image; unless you are using a mirrorless camera on a silent shooting mode.

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:

Camera NameExpected Shutter Life
Canon EOS R5500,000 actuations
Canon EOS R6300,000 actuations
Canon EOS R200,000 actuations
Canon EOS RP150,000 actuations
Canon EOS 5D Mark III150,000 actuations
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV300,000 actuations
Canon EOS 80D100,000 actuations

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:

Mac: ShutterCount by DIREstudios (Tested, works well)
iOS: ShutterCount Mobile by DIREstudios
Windows: Canon EOS DIGITAL Info Files (Untested, download the portable zip file with .exe)

I’ve found the best success with ShutterCount by DIREstudios on Mac. It’s frequently updated and even works for newer cameras like the 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.

Checking shutter count on Mac with ShutterCount app
ShutterCount app on Mac

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.

Pairing Canon camera to ShutterCount app over Wi-Fi

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.

The ShutterCount app will also track your shutter count over time and generate charts.

Hope this helped you find your Canon shutter count! If you have any issues let me know in the comments below.

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5 comments on “How to Check Shutter Count on a Canon Camera”

  1. Is shutter count still important even on mirrorless cameras? There are no mechanical, moving parts that can fail.

    1. Hey Milorad, most mirrorless cameras still have a mechanical shutter (there are many advantages to mechanical shutters). If you shoot in silent shooting mode likely your mechanical shutter isn’t used. That being said I’m not 100% sure if mirrorless shutter count is actual mechanical shutter actuations or photos taken, I would assume it’s actual actuations of the mechanical shutter, so for example turning the camera off and on would be considered one.

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