Shutter Death sounds scary because it is. If you own a camera, it will happen to you eventually. I shoot mostly Nikon (dslr) but I own multiple brands of cameras from Canon, Olympus, and Sony (all point n shoots). I had planned to post about something else today but then my camera was acting up with me this morning while out shooting. I know the end will be coming soon for this camera body. My first DSLR to “die” was a Nikon D300. I loved it. The body was heavy and it took many images for me. Almost 127,000. 127,000 is the number of times I took a photo. That’s a lot of memories for someone.
Why is the shutter count so important? The shutter is like the engine in your car. Eventually it will wear itself down and stop working. Keeping yourself aware of the impending doom is always good but it’s also fun to see how many photos you have taken with your camera. Or if you are buying a used camera, I would test it this way. It’s like a “carfax”.
How do you check for the shutter count?
This is fairly easy. I use Creative Cloud’s Photoshop to find mine. If you don’t, no worries. I will share some links to how to find yours if you can’t my way.
Open up the last photo you took with your camera in Photoshop. Click on File.
Scroll down to File Info…
Once I clicked on File Info… this is what pops up on my screen. The highlighted section is where I will find my shutter count. It won’t appear highlighted. I did that for this post. Just look for <aux:imageNumber> You will see your shutter count there. I am currently at 62,110 with my Nikon D610. The average dslr will last to about 100,000 on the shutter count. My last one went over quite a few. I don’t know if this one will make it that long and it scares me.
Nikon says “ImageNumber”. Yours may say “Shutter Count”, “Image Count”, or “Image Number”. Please refer to this chart to see.
If you tried this quick method and it didn’t work, no worries.
Camera Shutter Count works for many camera models. You can upload a picture to the site, it will read the EXIF data, and fire back not only the shutter count but the life cycle of the camera (based on the manufacturer’s estimated shutter life for your camera model).
Do I have plans for a new camera? I do. Marty (who also shoots) and I are looking into the Nikon D750 or the Nikon D810. He has shot with both of those for work. I haven’t had the opportunity yet. Have you checked your cameras shutter count yet?? Do so and let me know what you are up to. I know this works with dslr’s but I haven’t tried it with my point n shoot cameras. Maybe I will soon (once I find one and a memory card to go in it).
P.S. The helicopter in the photos is from the USCG- United States Coast Guard. I was able to capture them giving back to the community today with a field trip (which included the landing, a tour, and the takeoff) plus a re-enlistment for one of their personnel. It was a great morning.