Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Finding the Shutter Count on a DSLR

Many DSLR's (if not all) don't have any options (that I know of) to simply show the actual shutter actuations of the shutter mechanism. Sure you can make a ball park estimate based on the file number of each image (provided you have it set on continuous numbering). But this doesn't take into account use of Live view which will add actuations to the shutter, but not change the file name until you take a photo.

If you have a Flickr account, you can easily see the actual shutter count on any given image you have uploaded to your account, provided your uploaded image did not have the EXIF data removed.  To see the shutter actuations, simply view the EXIF data on any given image and scroll down around 3/4 of the way to the bottom and look for Shutter Count in the long list of information provided.

Using this trick, I can see that one of my images has a file name of DSC_6009 and the actual number of shutter actuations read 6134. So as you can see, using movie mode (which requires live view) and any other live view use comes with a price of additional wear and tear on the shutter mechanism.



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