Question: How do you find out the actuations (shutter count) on my camera?

Response from photographer: It’s complicated… Blah blah blah.

If you really want to hear the full explanation, please visit other articles. For the short version, read here. You would think it would be as simple as finding out where ever it is on your camera’s menu, select and discover the shutter count. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. There are a few options:

  • Download software like Magic Lantern onto your camera, and then you can find it on the camera’s menu.
  • Download freeware onto your computer and connect your camera to the computer. Examples: Astrojargon’s 40D Shutter Count and EOS Info.
  • Upload a photo onto the internet (only works for some cameras). For example:

Why would you want to know? It’s the same thing as wanting to know the milage on your car. You want to know how much life you have left and the value of your camera.

There are a number of free alternatives to finding your shutter count as listed above, but sometimes you just don’t have time for BS. Paying $3 can be worth the hassle. If this is the case for you, you can just buy ShutterCount from the Apple Store (obviously for apple users). Simply download the app, open it, connect your camera and voila! You get a simple display (example below).


Buy ShutterCount from the Apple Store here.