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Have you ever wondered how to find the shutter count from your Canon? Since the days of Canon EOS 1Dn II and 1Ds II Canon hides the shutter count inside the camera. That means you either need to send the camera to Canon or use a 3rd part software. Uploading an image to a webpage to get the shutter count doesn’t work with Canon cameras post EOS 1Dn II/EOS 1Ds II.
Do you wonder if the software below will show you the correct shutter count? Well, I have sent my 6D and 7D to Canon and the shutter counts I got from Canon are the same as I got from Magic Lantern, But Magic Lantern also showed me the Live view count.
Anyway, here are some links to different software with the ability to show you the shutter count. If you find it hard to find your camera model, use the search tool in your browser and type your Canon model. If you own a Rebel camera, use Wikipedia to get the European/international model name.
Magic Lantern (free and open source)
With Magic lantern you can find out the count, not only for the the pictures you have taken but also the Live view. Software for M, 100D, 1100D, 1200D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II, 5D III.
You find the software here and down below you have a tutorial how to find the shutter count.
EOSInfo and 40D Shutter count (free)
The count is read directly from USB or Wi-Fi connected Canon EOS DSLRs and select mirrorless models, as well as from image files for Nikon and Pentax cameras. Trusted by 170,000+ customers from 120+ countries, this is the gold standard in shutter count reading software. Eosmsg is a software that allows certain functions to be performed on a compatible Canon EOS DSLR camera or Nikon Pentax Sony camera. The primary functions are retrieval of a shutter count and mirrorup count (the number of physical actuations of a shutter and mirror). Free Shutter Count works with any Canon DSLR camera, but some models might be incompatible due to firmware restrictions. Free Shutter count is not dependant of the numbering system of your sdcard. Free Shutter count try to reveal the real shutter actuation number stored in the firmware of your camera.
Software like EOSInfo (mirror site) for Windows and 40D Shutter Count (mirror site) for MacOSX are able to get the shutter count for 1000D, 40D, 50D, 450D, 500D, 700D och 5D II.
400plus (free and open source)
For 400D 400plus is available and works like Magic Lantern. Tutorial here.
CHDK for 350D (free and open source)
For 350D CHDK is available and works like Magic Lantern. Tutorial here. Also check this tutorial.
Canon EOS DIGITAL Info (free and open source)
Canon EOS DIGITAL Info is for Windows and based on EOSInfo. Shutter count for M, M2, 100D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II, 5D III, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D C.
DIRE studio (not free)
DIRE Studio has an app for iOS, software for OS X and Windows. It costs and supports M50, 100D, 200D, 250D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D 850D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5DsR, 1D IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D X III, RP, R, R5
For some newer models it reports counters in 1000 increments.
Gphoto2 (free and open source)
If you use Linux you can try out Gphoto2. Install process:
Contect camera and computer and write in Terminal:
Now you should see what kind of camera you have connected. If so, continue with:
If you get an error, try:
You will get something like:
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Kill the first two process ID and try again:
Confirmed with 1000D, 450D, 550D, 600D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II
Tornado EOS (free)
Tornado EOS comes in two versions. One free for reading shutter count, total shutter count, mirror count, total mirror count, language restriction, C-log and error logs. For $20/day or $65/month it is possible to upgrade and to edit for example shutter count, language restriction, GPS/WiFi or C-log. AV give false positive. Use virtual machine if you are unsure.
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100D, 200D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5Ds, 5DsR, 5D IV, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D C.
SPT (not free)
SPT has software that can do so much more than just to check the shutter count. For example calibration of the AF or calibration of the shutter. Therefor it also costs much much more. Between $99-275. This one can also read mirror count and even reset both the shutter count and the mirror count. Works with: 100D, 200D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D, 5D II, 5D III, 5Ds, 5DsR, 5D IV, 1D III, 1Ds III, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D C.
eosmsg (not free)
Chinese software eosmsg that works with M, M2, M3, M5, M6, M6 II, M10, M50, M100, 100D, 200D, 250D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5DsR, 1D IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, RP, R.
EOSCount (not free)
EosCount.com also costs money. Cameras that will work with the software are 100D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 7D, 5D II, 5D III, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D C.
For Powershot and Ixus (and Canon EOS M3). You find the tutorial here and the camera support here.
ShutterCheck (not free)
Requires macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later.
Shutter Count Software Nikon
M6 II, M50, 100D, 200D, 250D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 1500D, 2000D, 3000D, 4000D, 8000D, 9000D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5Ds R, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D X III, RP, R, R6, R5
APT – Astro Photography Tool (free)
The democlaims to read shutter counts from cameras with Digic III and newer. The shutter count will be displayed in the Log panel.
M50, 100D, 200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5Ds R, 1D III, 1Ds III, 1D IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, EOS R.
Shutter Count SoftwareUsing numeric suffix of filenames written by the camera on a flash card is not equivalent to camera's shutter count (the suffix resets to 0 after 9999). Here are examples when the filename does not indicate the true number of pictures taken with the camera.
- A new flash card is inserted containing a picture file with higher numerical suffix. The numbering then continues with this higher suffix.For example, if the last file written by the camera was IMG_3750.JPG, this indicates that the shutter count is 3750. If a new flash card is inserted with a file IMG_4100.JPG, then the next picture taken with the camera will be written under IMG_4101.JPG. The shutter count in this case will be only 3751.
- If a blank flash card is inserted afterwards, some cameras like the Canon 60D will continue previous filename numbering; for example, will write file IMG_4102.JPG when shutter count is 3752.The file name is edited to lower the numerical suffix. Some cameras, such as the Canon 5D Mark II, will use the card filename to construct the name for the next picture. This results in a much lower perceived shutter count than the true shutter count.For example, let's say the filename is edited from IMG_9000.JPG to IMG_2000.JPG. The next picture file written by a camera like Canon 5D Mark II will be IMG_2001.JPG. The perceived shutter count is 2001, whereas the real shutter count is 9001.
- Pictures are taken when the camera is connected directly to a computer (without a flash card inside).