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    The expo number is an important aspect of currently used digital SLR cameras, since from this, it is possible to deduce, how many times was the camera used. At the moment of making the photo, the mirror snaps up, the shutter opens and after the exposition time, both close. The shutter is made of moving parts, which become used and eventually break down, in this case, only a shutter replacement or buying a new camera can help.
     Each type of camera has its unique shutter lifetime, based on tests by manufacturers, this is the expo number which the camera can take on average. In practice this means that after a certain amount of images the shutter has a bigger chance of failure.
     This page contains a table to read the expo number of different SLR digital Canon cameras with the help of software or websites. Under the table, a list of all software and websites can be read with a short description and links.

Other methods: Canon service | Reading exposure count from RAW file
Soon to be added: gPhoto2 | eosmsg.com | jadii.com | Canon EOS Camera Info v1.2

    Softwares Online tools
Canon EOS body name Expected shutter life Shutter Count Tools MagicLantern
(modded firmware)
Astro Photography Tool Astrojargon EOSInfo DIRE Studio
ShutterCount (Mac, 2,99 USD)
SPT
(99 USD)
eoscount.com
(ActiveX SW, ~1,7€)
camerashuttercount.com
100D
(Rebel SL1)
100 000 No
(tested)
No
(N/A)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
Yes No
(N/A)
No
(tested)
 No
(tested)
1000D
(Rebel XS / Kiss F Digital)
100 000 Yes
(tested)
No   Yes
(tested)
  Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
1100D
(Rebel T3 / Kiss X50)
100 000 Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
  No Yes No Yes  
1200D (Rebel T5 / Kiss X7) 100 000   No
(N/A)
      No
(N/A)
   
300D
(Digital Rebel / Kiss Digital)
40 000 No
(tested)
No No
(tested)
No
(tested)
  Yes No
(tested)
No
(tested)
350D
(Digital Rebel XT / Kiss Digital N)
50 000 No
(tested)
No No
(tested)
No
(tested)
  Yes No No
(tested)
400D
(Digital Rebel XTi / Kiss Digital X)
50 000 No
(tested)
Yes
(using 400Plus)
(tested)
  No
(tested)
  Yes No
(tested)
No
(tested)
450D
(Rebel XSi / Kiss X2)
100 000 Yes
(tested)
No
(N/A)
Yes
(tested)
Yes
(tested)
 Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
500D
(Rebel T1i / Kiss X3)
100 000 Yes / No
(Yes: on older firmwares
No:1.0.9; 1.1.1)
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
(tested)
Yes
(tested)

Yes / No
(Yes: on older firmwares
No:1.0.9; 1.1.1)
(tested)

Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
550D
(Rebel T2i / Kiss X4)
100 000 Yes
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
(tested)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
600D
(Rebel T3i / Kiss X5)
100 000 Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
  No Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes  
650D
(Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i)
100 000 Yes
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
(tested)
No
(tested)
No
(tested)
Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
700D
(Rebel T5i)
100 000   Yes
(mirror / shutter)
  Yes Yes No Yes  
10D 40 000   No   No   Yes   No
(tested)
20D 50 000  No
(tested)
No
(N/A)
No
(tested)
No
(tested)
 No Yes  No
(tested)
 No
(tested)
30D 100 000  No
(tested)
No   No
(tested)
  Yes No
(tested)
No
(tested)
40D 100 000 Yes
(tested)
No Yes
(tested)
Yes
(tested)
 Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
50D 100 000 Yes
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
(tested)
Yes
(tested)
Yes
(tested)
Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
60D 100 000 Yes
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
  No
(tested)
Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes No
(tested)
70D  150 000   No
(N/A)
  No Yes No
(N/A)
Yes  
5D Mark I (classic) 100 000 No
(tested)
No
(tested)
No
(tested)
No
(tested)
  Yes No
(tested)
No
(tested)
5D Mark II 150 000 Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
  Yes Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes No
(tested)
5D Mark III 150 000 Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
  No Yes
(v1.2.1+)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes  
6D 150 000 Yes
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes
(tested)
No
(tested)
Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
No
(tested)
No
(tested)
7D 150 000 Yes
(tested)
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
(tested)
Yes
(tested)
No Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes No
(tested)
7D Mark II 200 000   No
(N/A)
      No
(N/A)
   
1D Mark I 150 000   No   No   No   Yes
1D Mark II 200 000   No   No   No   Yes
1D Mark II n 200 000   No   No   No   Yes
1D Mark III 300 000   No   No No Yes
(mirror / shutter)
No  
1D Mark IV 300 000 Yes No   No Yes Yes
(mirror / shutter)
Yes  
1Ds Mark I 150 000   No   No   No   Yes
(tested)
1Ds Mark II 200 000   No   No   No   Yes
(tested)
1Ds Mark III 300 000 No
(tested)
No No
(tested)
No
(tested)
 No Yes
(mirror / shutter)
No
(tested)
No
(tested)
1D X
400 000 Yes No   No Yes No Yes  
1D C
400 000   No   No   No Yes  

 

Legend

[empty] The camera is not tested with any software or website and there is no reference on the internet about whether it is supported.
Yes Based on the description of the software or website, the camera is supported but it has not been tested yet.
No Based on the description of the software or website, the camera is not supported but it has not been tested yet.
Yes
(tested)
The camera has been tested with software or website and the reading functions.
No
(tested)
The camera has been tested with software or website and the reading does not function.
Yes
(mirror / shutter)
The number of mirror uses and the shutter count can be read independently by the software.
N/A Not Available | There are no compatible software for the camera

 

ShutterCount For Canon EOS DSLR - FREE (Shutter Count Tools)

ShutterCount For Canon EOS DSLR - FREE (Shutter Count Tools) with a Canon EOS 40D    The ShutterCount Tools (its full name is ShutterCount For Canon EOS DSLR - FREE) is a simple, free software to read the exposure count. Apart from the shutter count it can also read the serial number, firmware version, the owner and artists name, plus copyright information.

    It works like the EOSInfo software, but it supports newer Canon cameras like the 6D, 5D Mark II or the 1D X.

Required operation system: Microsoft Windows
Size:
1,4 MB (zip file)
Price:
free
Website:
http://www.shutteractuations.com
Download link: http://www.shutteractuations.com/?did=1

 

Modded firmware (MagicLantern, 400Plus)

MagicLantern screenshot with a Canon 650D DSLR camera    MagicLantern is a popular firmware extension for Canon cameras. It adds lots of new features to the camera for example 9 frames exposure bracketing, changing video bitrate, video effects, intervalometer (for creating time-lapse movies), focus trap, focus bracketing and the reading of exposure-, shutter-, and LiveView count. (And many other functions.)

    The 400Plus firmware is an extended firmware for Canon EOS 400D DSLR cameras. One of its feature is the reading of the exact shutter count.

What do the numbers mean?
     MagicLantern v2.3 (stable version): In this version of the firmware there are three numbers, for example: "16K = 14366 + 1172". The first shows the total exposure count (16k = ~16 000). The second number (14366) indicates how many times the shutter was used, the third number (1172) represents how many more times the mirror was used. So in this example the mirror was used 15538 times (14366+1172=15538). It may happen that the third number is a negative number, in that case the mirror was used less than the shutter.
    MagicLantern v2.3 next (alpha version): On the attached picture you can see the MagicLantern v2.3 next alpha running. In this case the first number (10K) shows the total exposure count (10K = ~10 000), but the important numbers are the second and the third. The second (8061) is the number of shutter actuations, this also contains the shutter count in normal, and also in LiveView mode. The third number (1693) shows only the exposure count in LiveView, which consists of the entering into LiveView mode (mirror count) and the number of taken photos (shutter count). So for example if we enter into LiveView mode and take three pictures, then the second number in MagicLantern will increase by 3 (using the shutter 3 times), and the third number will increase by 4 (opening the mirror 1 time and using the shutter 3 times).

MagicLantern website: http://www.magiclantern.fm
MagicLantern direct download link (stable version): http://www.magiclantern.fm/downloads.html#dldialog
MagicLantern direct download link (newest nightly / alpha versions): http://builds.magiclantern.fm/#
400Plus website: http://code.google.com/p/400plus

 

Astro Photography Tool

Astro Photography Tool screenshot with a Canon 100D DSLR camera     The Astro Photography Tool (APT) is a professional tool designed for astophotography. The software is compatible with most of the Canon cameras, using this we can shoot with the cameras remotely, and can help creating and processing astro-photos.

    The reason that is in this list is because it can read the shutter count of many Canon cameras, even it is compatible with some DSLRs which could not be readed by other softwares: those cameras are like the Canon EOS 100D and the Canon EOS 500D with new firmware.

    The demo version of this software can be downloaded from the links below, and can be used without time limitations. Even the free, demo version is enough to read the shutter count. (The paid version is only 12,70 EUR and it has some extra features for astrophotography.)

Required operating system: Microsoft Windows XP and newer
Size: 19 Mb (demo version)
Website: http://www.ideiki.com/astro
Direct download link: http://www.ideiki.com/astro/APT_UnReg2_71.zip

 

Astrojargon EOSInfo

    Astrojargon EOSInfo screenshot The EOSInfo is a software which reads exact exposure count and also can show the type of the connected camera, the serial number, firmware version, the owner-, and artist name, copyright information and the actual date and time in the camera.

    The predecessor of the Astrojargon EOSInfo is the 40DShutterCount software which supported only the Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera.

Required operating system: Microsoft Windows
Size: 1,2 Mb (installation file)
Price: free
Website: http://www.astrojargon.net/eosinfo.aspx
Direct download link: http://www.astrojargon.net/files/misc/setupeosinfo.exe

 

DIRE Studio ShutterCount

DIRE Studio ShutterCount screenshot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III     The ShutterCount is a software made by a Hungarian firm called DIRE Studio. The program runs on Macintosh and it supports many Canon DSLR cameras. Apart of the reading of the exposure count it signals the name of the camera, serial number and the owner. The software can be bought for 2,99 USD in the Macintosh app store.

Required operating system: Mac OS X 10.6.8+
Size: 1.1 MB
Price: 2,99 USD
Website: http://www.direstudio.com/shuttercount
Mac App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/shuttercount/id720123827

 

SPT Service Software

SPT Service Software screenshot with a Canon EOS 50D DSLR camera    The SPT Service Software is a non-official Canon service software which can read (and write which could be useful in case of the shutter / mirror box change) the shutter and mirror count. There are two versions of this software: the Essential edition costs 99 USD and can read and write the shutter count and can also read and clear the last seven error codes. The Advanced version costs 250 USD, and can be used to calibrate the autofocus, shutter and the exposure meter.

Required operating system: Windows XP / Vista (depending on SPT software)
Price: Essential: 99 USD / Advanced: 250 USD
SPT website:
http://www.spt.info
SPT service softwares: http://www.spt.info/sptstore.php?crn=312

 

EOSCount.com

eoscount.com screenshot with a Canon EOS-450D DSLR camera    The EOSCount.com website uses an ActiveX software to read the exposure count. In order to use this, Internet Explorer is required, or IETab extension in Chrome or Firefox which opens a new tab where Internet Explorer browser is running. The one-time exposure count read costs 1,69€ while the cost of unlimited reading is 5,09€ for the currently attached camera (only).

    The software also can also read the serial number, date and time, firmware version, the owner-, and artist name and the copyright information.

    The Shutter Count Tools free software could be an alternative for users of Windows, which supports mostly the same Canon cameras and it reads the shutter count unlimited times for free. This would cost 1,69€ on EOSCount.com website per readout.
    For the Machintosh users the DIRE Studio ShutterCount is a better deal, because it supports mostly the same Canon cameras and the software costs only 2,99 USD which can be used infinite times.

Website: http://www.eoscount.com

 

camerashuttercount.com

camerashuttercount.com screenshot with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II    The camerashuttercount.com website reads the shutter count from an unedited RAW file. Unfortunately very few Canon DSLR cameras store the exposure count in the RAW file, therefore only 5 cameras are supported.

    Apart of Canon, many Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Samsung cameras are supported.

Website: http://www.camerashuttercount.com

 

 

Canon service

    Of course the official Canon camera service is able to read the exposure- / shutter- / mirror count from every Canon DSLR cameras. This costs money, and they make an official certificate of the current shutter count.

 

Read from RAW file using HEX editor (not accurate!)

    There is a description of reading the exact shutter count from the RAW files of the Canon EOS 20D and 30D DSLR cameras. Seems that this technique really works: after taking some photos, the shutter count increases.

But, there are some problems with that technique:
- if the file numbering is reseted, the shutter count in RAW will be reseted too,
- if the memory card was used in other cameras, the file numbering could be changed, and this makes the shutter count changed also in the RAW file
- after 65536 exposures the shutter count reseted to 0. (4 digit hexadecimal number can store maximum the value 65536 in decimal number system)

So, this method could be used only if automatic file numbering was used in the camera, and the memory card was not used with other cameras.

Procedure:
    1. In the XVI32 software choose Tools>Options>Data Inspector tab.
    2. Choose "big-endian (MOTOROLA)" then click OK.
    3. Open the RAW file by File -> Open.
    4. Choose the Address>Goto menu. (or press Ctrl+G)
    5. In the "Go to" section choose "hexadecimal", then type "95D" below, then click OK.
    6. Choose Tools>Decode numbers menu.
    7. The exposure count is shown in the "XX XX as word: " row.

Original description: http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/canon-digital-cameras/196-what-your-shutter-actuation-count.html
XVI32 HEX editor: http://www.chmaas.handshake.de/delphi/freeware/xvi32/xvi32.htm#download

 

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