How to Check Your Camera’s Shutter Actuation Count

You can check the number of individual photos that a camera has taken over its lifetime. This guide will help you find the shutter actuation count of most popular brands of camera.

Table of Contents

  • What Does Shutter Actuation Matter?
  • How do I find the shutter count?
  • Nikon Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count
  • Canon Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count
  • For Sony Cameras, Check the Shutter Actuation Count
  • Olympus Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count
  • Checking Shutter Actuation Count for Pentax Cameras
  • Leica Cameras Shutter Actuation Count
  • Fujifilm Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count
  • For other brands, check out the Shutter Actuation Count

What Does Shutter Actuation Matter?

Digital cameras have a limited life expectancy due to the wear and tear of electronic parts and moving parts. The Nikon Z9 is an exception, as it has no mechanical shutter. However, this implies that it will last longer. Shutter actuations (individual photos) are used to measure the life expectancy of a camera. This is an indicator of how worn it will get before it requires replacement parts or needs to be repaired if it is too expensive.

Camera manufacturers will vary the shutter counts for different models. Professional-grade cameras are built to last longer than lower-end options. The general shutter count ranges from 500,000 for high-end models to 200,000 for lower-end models. However, the actual life expectancy of each camera will vary depending on how well it has been maintained over time.

It is important to know the shutter count of your camera. It can be used to determine how many times the camera has been used, and for new owners, it will show how long it has before it needs to be repaired or replaced.

How do I find the shutter count?

As it stores still images, a digital camera usually stores a small amount of data in each file. This is called the EXIF file. The EXIF metadata contains all information about the photo, including camera settings, GPS location and lens information. It also includes the shutter count.

Because it is not necessary to edit images on a daily basis, most image editors don’t display or read the shutter count. There are many websites that provide this service for free, and there are software and apps that can help you display it.

Every site functions in a similar way. Follow the steps below to get started.

  1. You can take a photo with your camera (JPEGs are fine, but RAW works well on most sites).
  2. Upload the unedit photo to the site
  3. Take control of your results

There are some sites that don’t work with certain camera models or RAW file formats. Take a look at the list below to find some great sites for your camera system.

Nikon Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count

Screenshot of Camera Shutter Count website

Camera Shutter Count is compatible with Nikon cameras in 69 models, according to the site. There may be more that they haven’t tested. This site works with many other models and makes of cameras, such as Pentax, Samsung, Canon, Pentax and Samsung. However, it is not as extensive as the compatibility for Nikon cameras.

Canon Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count

Screenshot of Shuttercount website

Camera Shutter Count can help you find shutter numbers for some Canon cameras. However, it is possible to check the shutter count of other models using dedicated software. ShutterCount and ShutterCheck for Mac should work well. Windows users may want to use EOSInfo.

For Sony Cameras, Check the Shutter Actuation Count

Compatible with at least 60 different Sony models. The Sony Alpha shutter/image count is a free resource that runs locally on your computer’s browser. It can read EXIF data quickly and display the shutter count.

Olympus Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count

Olympus cameras have a built in cheat code that allows us to view the shutter count directly from the camera. Although it’s complicated, anyone who has ever used cheat codes in video games will be able to do it.

It should work with almost all Olympus cameras. Follow the steps below to access the count on-camera.

  1. Then, turn off the camera.
  2. Hold the menu button down.
  3. Restart the camera.
  4. Release the menu button once you have finished.
  5. Navigate to the LCD brightness menu and then press Right on selector pad.
  6. Click on Info, then press Right and OK.
  7. Now a black screen should appear. Press Up, Down Left, Right, Shutter Button and Up.
  8. Now the hidden menu appears. To navigate to the next page, press Right. The shutter count is displayed under “MS”

Checking Shutter Actuation Count for Pentax Cameras

My shutter count website screenshot

Pentax and Nikon shutter count compatibility are often mixed up on shutter counting websites. Camera Shutter Count as well as MyShutterCount can be used to check the shutter count of a Pentax camera.

Leica Cameras Shutter Actuation Count

There are several button-pressing sequences that can be used for certain models, but it is easier to use the Preview app on a Mac to identify shutter count. These are the steps to do it:

  1. Right-click the file and open it in Preview
  2. Click on Tools.
  3. Click on Show Inspector.
  4. Navigate to the “I Tab” in the window that opens.
  5. Click the tab that you want to open, it should read “Leica”
  6. In the window, you should display the shutter count.

This works with many cameras of different makes and models. Mac users might prefer to use this method to verify shutter count instead of uploading them to websites. It will work with JPEG or RAW files depending on which version of Preview you have.This method should be universal across camera systems when using Preview on Mac

Mac preview screenshot

Leica owners without a Mac can enter the secret service mode by pressing a combination of buttons. This is a slightly more risky and difficult method than with Olympus cameras. This is the secret button sequence:

  1. Click on Delete
  2. Double-press the Up button
  3. Hold the Down key for 4 times
  4. Click Left 3 times
  5. Three times press Right
  6. Information for the Press

This sequence should work with a variety of M series cameras including the M8, M9 and M Monochrom. Warning: There may be items in the service menu that could cause problems with your camera if they are not edited correctly. Make sure you only check the shutter count area.

To view the basic information about your camera, open the Secret Service Menu. The label NumExposures should display the shutter actuation count.

Fujifilm Cameras: Shutter Actuation Count

Apotelyt offers a page to check the actuation count if you have a Fujifilm camera. To find the count, simply drop a JPEG image that is not edited into the dialog box.

According to the website, the upload is used only to return the count. The file is then deleted immediately from the server after the EXIF data have been read.

For other brands, check out the Shutter Actuation Count

Other camera systems, such as Samsung and Panasonic, should allow owners to access one of these sites or apps to determine their shutter count. This may not work for your particular model. To find out more, contact the manufacturer.