Shutter count

How do I find out the number of shutter actuations on my camera?

2 responses:

Adobe Bridge, ExifTool, etc.

This is the tools for extracting shutter count I know about:

Adobe Bridge: To extract shutter count from EXIF, do the following: Select the image file you want to examine, and File → File Info… → Advanced. Expand the Schema ( folder. The shuttercount is the number to the left of the following entry: aux:ImageNumber:.

ExifTool: Phil Harvey's ExifTool is a command line Perl-script that interfaces a Perl library bearing the same name. It can dump all EXIF data, but also lets you extract image metadata tied to a single field name. Command lines to try to extract shutter count are exiftool -ImageNumber file.tif and exiftool -ShutterCount file.NEF.

IrfanView: Irfan Skiljan's excellent image viewer IrfanView for MS Windows is free for non-commercial use. To see the shutter count embedded in EXIF, select ImageInformation …EXIF info. The shutter count is shown as Total pictures near the end of the section Maker Note (Vendor).

Mac OS X: Open image file (JPEG or RAW) in preview. Press command+I to launch Info-window and click on the middle tab with the label “!”. Click on the “Nikon” tab. The shutter count is number five on the list of items.

Tethered: The C#/C-program gPhoto2 is a command-line interface to a GNU Linux/Unix software library compatible with a large number of digital cameras and let you extract data from the camera. Compatible with GNU/Linux and Apple OS X (via Xcode). To use it, you connect your camera to your computer with an USB-cable and use the command gphoto2 --get-config /main/status/shuttercounter. If you use the camera for tethered shooting without a memory card, you need to take at least one picture with a memory card to get an updated shutter count. For some Canon DSLRs, you should be able to use AstroJargon EOSinfo (MS Windows) or EOScount (ActiveX via browser) to get the shutter count of a Canon camera connected via an USB-cable.

Web based: Jeffrey's Exif Viewer uses Phil Harvey's ExifTool library (see above) to extract EXIF data. It accepts many file format's including various RAW formats and has no size limitations (but large files takes a long time to load). This German page, at let you upload an jpeg-image with embedded EXIF-data (max size 128 Kbyte), and when you press auslesen, it will tell you the shutter count embedded in the file. To see if your camera is supported, see list of supported cameras. Other web-based solutions are 1D-count (for Canon's 1D-series), and

Other programs: For compatible Nikon DSLRs, you should be able to use Opanda IEXIF (MS Windows). For Canon EOS 1D, 1Ds, 1D Mark II, 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, there is CanCount or 1D-count. PhotoMe is a MS Windows-program to extract EXIF from many camera models, including Pentax.

Camera compatibility

Note that many image editing programs strip the shutter count data from the EXIF. To get the shutter count from an image file, it is best to analyze unprocessed files (i.e. RAW files or JPEGs straight from the camera).

The notes below are based upon feedback from readers.

Canon: Only the 1D-series mark I & II have been reported to store the “ImageNumber” field in EXIF. Note that many shutter count reporting tools, including Adobe Bridge CS5 and ExifTool 8.29, will give the wrong number for actuations above 65535, and that the shutter count reported by most tools for a 1D-series body can easily be forged by loading the camera settings file (camset_d.csd) from another camera. EOScount and EOSinfo use the Canon API to extract the number. They are known to work with the 40D, 50D, 450D, and 1000D and newer, but read the program's FAQ for an up-to-date report about what camera models it works with. gPhoto2 is reported to work with the Canon models not supported by other programs, including the EOS 7D.

Fujifilm: The Fuji S5 Pro have a menu entry that let you read the shutter count. I know of no method for other Fujifilm models.

Nikon and Pentax: Most (or all?) Pentax DSLRs, and all Nikon DSLRs except the D1-series and D100 stores the ShutterCount field in the EXIF in the the PEF/NEF MakerNotes. However, some tools, including Adobe Bridge, report this data as ImageNumber. Other name variations are Shutter Count and Image Number. The best program for extracting EXIF data from image files is ExifTool. But most EXIF-readers will let you find the shutter count of any Pentax or Nikon DSLR-body, except the Nikon D1-series and D100.

Olympus: Olympus let you access the shutter count on E-system cameras, digital PEN system cameras and XZ-1 via a set of hidden commands. For a description of these commands, see or Google for “Olympus shutter count”.

Sigma: No reports.

Sony: No reports.


When I suppose to take photo, shutter is released and image is shown on screen but there is no memory card. On one function i used camera and came to home to see that photos but no memory card in camera but taken image is shown on display when i shutter released i dont know what is the problem could you please tell me

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