What is Shutter Count and why should you care?
Well…have you seen what’s been going on at eBay lately?
In the past month, 20 or so U.S. location, working Canon 5D Mk II bodies – the camera that really set off the DSLR video revolution – have sold for as little as $970, topping out at just under $1,600.
By comparison, a new Mark III body will set you back around $3,500, give or take.
For U.S. location Canon 7D bodies, it’s even better: over the past 3 months, transactions have closed for as little as $360, topping out just about where the 5D Mk II begins, near the $1,000 price point.
It’s a great time to buy a used camera.
Or is it a terrible time to sell a used camera?
It depends, of course, upon which side of the transaction you sit.
But three things are clear:
1) With tectonic shifts taking place in the market (from new entrants like the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s to the rumored replacement this September of the much-loved and venerable Canon 7D), most people know that IF they want to switch or trade up, they have a very limited time before their current gear values plummet even farther than they already have.
2) Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, a camera body with fewer shutter actuation's – all else being equal – will command a higher price than one with more, just like mileage on a used car.
3) If you can report the shutter count for the camera you’re selling, you enhance your credibility and you are likely to get to a fairer price for both parties.
Until now, Windows users were at a disadvantage compared to Mac users relying on the aptly-named ShutterCount app by DIRE Studio to do just that.
The good news: DIRE has now released a Windows version, available for the same $2.99.
Note that ShutterCount – in either version — does NOT tell you how many hours of video have been shot.
ShutterCount for Windows
ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of your Canon EOS digital camera. The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
With ShutterCount you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really new, or check how heavily used a pre-owned item is. And you can save a trip to a Canon Service Center by doing the reading for yourself.
The app provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras, so you can freely track actual camera usage. Even if you work for a rental house or just lend a camera to a friend.
ShutterCount only displays the shutter count for still photos - video clips recorded are not included in the number. For a separate mirror movement reading (that includes videos) you should consult an authorized Canon Service Center.
History logging allows you to track camera usage. Logs are stored in CSV format that can be imported into Apple's Numbers or Microsoft Excel for further processing. History logging is not available on Windows.
Note: for the best compatibility with your camera it is recommended to upgrade the camera's firmware to the latest available version.
WiFi on the EOS 6D and 70D must be turned off as it blocks the USB port when turned on!
- Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)
- Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
- Canon EOS-1D X
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)
- Canon EOS 6D
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon EOS 50D
- Canon EOS 60D
- Canon EOS 70D
- Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
- Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3
- Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
- Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
- Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
- Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i
- Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
- Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
- Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
ShutterCount is certified to work with all of the cameras listed above, using their latest firmware revision.
Please quit all applications that might connect to your camera (e.g. Canon EOS Utility, Capture One, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) before launching ShutterCount.
Questions? Problems? Check out the ShutterCount FAQ or contact our support!
More information at the ShutterCount Webpage
Isn’t it worth $2.99 to find out your camera’s shutter count?
(cover photo credit: snap from DIRE Studio)