Canon Rebel Shutter Count

In this article you will learn how to check shutter count on your Canon EOS 550D (also known as Canon EOS Rebel T2i in the Americas or Canon EOS Kiss X4 in Japan) using the Magic Lantern firmware hack.

Canon Rebel Shutter Count

May 08, 2019 DSLRs have an expected lifetime, which is generally counted in the amount of shutter actuations. The Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i camera has an expected lifetime of about 100.000 shutter actuations. Thus, when buying a used 550D/T2i it makes perfect sense to look for a camera that has the smallest shutter count. The less the better. Canon EOS Rebel T7i Shutter Life The Canon EOS 800D, known in the Americas as the EOS Rebel T7i and in Japan as the EOS Kiss X9i, is a digital single-lens reflex camera announced by Canon on February 14, 2017.

What Is Shutter Count?

Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras have commonly two moving parts. The first is the main reflex mirror. This is the mirror, which allows you to look through the lens from the viewfinder and that swings up and out of the way when you take a photo. The second moving part is the mechanical shutter. The shutter is a very sensible part and is often prone to failure over the life of the camera. The shutter count is just a number that reflects the amount of shutter actuations. This number is stored somewhere in camera’s internal memory and our task in this article is to reveal this number. Canon, unfortunately, doesn’t provide an easy way to check the shutter count. That’s why we’ll use a hacked firmware known as Magic Lantern to find out the shutter count of the Canon EOS 550D camera.

Why Should You Care?

Would you buy a used car without checking how many kilometers or miles were on it? Probably not. It applies similarly to the DSLR cameras. DSLRs have an expected lifetime, which is generally counted in the amount of shutter actuations. The Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i camera has an expected lifetime of about 100.000 shutter actuations. Thus, when buying a used 550D/T2i it makes perfect sense to look for a camera that has the smallest shutter count. The less the better.

How to Read the Shutter Count

IMPORTANT! Be aware that you can brick you camera if something goes wrong! Do it on your own risk! Make sure that your camera battery is fully charged throughout the whole process.

To read the shutter count of Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i, Kiss X4) with Magic Lantern these steps should be followed:

  1. Make sure that the camera is running the firmware version 1.0.9, because this is the only firmware version that Magic Lantern currently supports. If your firmware version is different, then upgrade or downgrade the camera to the version 1.0.9 using the Canon’s original firmware file “550D Canon Firmware for Testers.zip” available at the Magic Lantern’s site.
  2. Prepare the SD memory card by formatting it inside of the camera.
  3. Copy Magic Lantern’s modified firmware files for the 550D/T2i to the root directory of the memory card.
  4. Flash the Magic Lantern firmware to the camera.
  5. Press the “trash bin” button on the camera to enter the Magic Lantern menu and go to the “Debug” section. There you will find the shutter count, which is a sum of two numbers. The first number is the amount of shutter actuations in the standard mode. The second number the the amount of shutter actuation in the live view mode.
  6. If you don’t want to keep the Magic Lantern on your camera, then go to the camera’s menu and initiate the firmware update again. Magic Lantern will pop up again and will count down 60 seconds. Afterwards, it will remove all the boot flags from the camera. Now you can format the memory card again to get rid of the Magic Lantern files from the card completely.

The following video will guide you through the whole process:

Let me know in the comments section below if this method worked for you. Also, feel free to share your camera’s current shutter count and if possible the condition of the shutter. This is especially interesting with heavily used cameras, where shutter counter is above 100,000 actuations.

If you like this artice, then also check the maximum write speed of your Canon, How to get rid of hot pixels on a Canon camera or troubleshooting your Canon.

Have you ever wondered how to find the shutter count from your Canon? Since the days of Canon EOS 1Dn II and 1Ds II Canon hides the shutter count inside the camera. That means you either need to send the camera to Canon or use a 3rd part software. Uploading an image to a webpage to get the shutter count doesn’t work with Canon cameras post EOS 1Dn II/EOS 1Ds II.

Do you wonder if the software below will show you the correct shutter count? Well, I have sent my 6D and 7D to Canon and the shutter counts I got from Canon are the same as I got from Magic Lantern, But Magic Lantern also showed me the Live view count.

Free Shutter Count

Anyway, here are some links to different software with the ability to show you the shutter count. If you find it hard to find your camera model, use the search tool in your browser and type your Canon model. If you own a Rebel camera, use Wikipedia to get the European/international model name.

Software

Magic Lantern (free and open source)

With Magic lantern you can find out the count, not only for the the pictures you have taken but also the Live view. Software for M, 100D, 1100D, 1200D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II, 5D III.

You find the software here and down below you have a tutorial how to find the shutter count.

EOSInfo and 40D Shutter count (free)

Software like EOSInfo (mirror site) for Windows and 40D Shutter Count (mirror site) for MacOSX are able to get the shutter count for 1000D, 40D, 50D, 450D, 500D, 700D och 5D II.

Rebel

400plus (free and open source)

For 400D 400plus is available and works like Magic Lantern. Tutorial here.

CHDK for 350D (free and open source)

Canon rebel t7i shutter count

For 350D CHDK is available and works like Magic Lantern. Tutorial here. Also check this tutorial.

Canon EOS DIGITAL Info (free and open source)

Canon EOS DIGITAL Info is for Windows and based on EOSInfo. Shutter count for M, M2, 100D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II, 5D III, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D C.

DIRE studio (not free)

DIRE Studio has an app for iOS, software for OS X and Windows. It costs and supports M50, 100D, 200D, 250D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D 850D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5DsR, 1D IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D X III, RP, R, R5

For some newer models it reports counters in 1000 increments.

Gphoto2 (free and open source)

If you use Linux you can try out Gphoto2. Install process:

Contect camera and computer and write in Terminal:

Now you should see what kind of camera you have connected. If so, continue with:

If you get an error, try:

Free shutter count

You will get something like:

Kill the first two process ID and try again:

Confirmed with 1000D, 450D, 550D, 600D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II

Tornado EOS (free)

Tornado EOS comes in two versions. One free for reading shutter count, total shutter count, mirror count, total mirror count, language restriction, C-log and error logs. For $20/day or $65/month it is possible to upgrade and to edit for example shutter count, language restriction, GPS/WiFi or C-log. AV give false positive. Use virtual machine if you are unsure.

”Yes, for now many antiviruses have false positive detection of my program, because i use my custom protection system.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult for a single developer to influence huge corporations. So use virtual machine is not a problem”

100D, 200D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5Ds, 5DsR, 5D IV, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D C.

SPT (not free)

SPT has software that can do so much more than just to check the shutter count. For example calibration of the AF or calibration of the shutter. Therefor it also costs much much more. Between $99-275. This one can also read mirror count and even reset both the shutter count and the mirror count. Works with: 100D, 200D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D, 5D II, 5D III, 5Ds, 5DsR, 5D IV, 1D III, 1Ds III, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D C.

eosmsg (not free)

Chinese software eosmsg that works with M, M2, M3, M5, M6, M6 II, M10, M50, M100, 100D, 200D, 250D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5DsR, 1D IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, RP, R.

EOSCount (not free)

EosCount.com also costs money. Cameras that will work with the software are 100D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 7D, 5D II, 5D III, 1D IV, 1D X, 1D C.

ASSIST (free)

For Powershot and Ixus (and Canon EOS M3). You find the tutorial here and the camera support here.

ShutterCheck (not free)

Requires macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later.

Canon Dslr Shutter Count

Count

M6 II, M50, 100D, 200D, 250D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 1500D, 2000D, 3000D, 4000D, 8000D, 9000D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 90D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5Ds R, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, 1D X III, RP, R, R6, R5

APT – Astro Photography Tool (free)

The democlaims to read shutter counts from cameras with Digic III and newer. The shutter count will be displayed in the Log panel.

Nikon Shutter Count

M50, 100D, 200D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 2000D, 4000D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D, 80D, 7D, 7D II, 6D, 6D II, 5D II, 5D III, 5D IV, 5Ds, 5Ds R, 1D III, 1Ds III, 1D IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X II, EOS R.