There's a battle on in the Mac App store for Canon shutter count (actuations) utilities – a new contender has appeared EOS Inspector and it is throwing down on ShutterCount (that we posted about here) – and note, that post gets a lot of hits every day so this is something quite often researched.
Note that we have exclusive comments below from EOS Inspector's creator as well as some side-by-side comparisons with Shuttercount.
Oh, and for now, EOS Inspector is FREE!
The EOS Inspector App
From Konstantin Pavlikhin:
We do enjoy wonderful Canon EOS cameras, but when it comes to estimation of their “health” we have no way to measure it. For some reason Canon decided to hide the diagnostic info about shutter. Camera’s shutter is the only movable mechanic part in a body (ok, I omit a movable mirror). Together with a battery these two devices degrade during the lifecycle of a camera. Used cameras are also got sold and purchased on the internet/forums/etc… Just like when you buy a used car you look at its milage you should be looking at camera’s shutter count first.
Numerous apps were made to solve a problem. Unfortunately, overwhelming amount of them are poor products. Black SEO, Malware, obtrusive banner advertisement and viruses — here is what you can easily get while trying to find a working alternative.
There is a new easy to use application for OS X Mavericks called EOS Inspector that does the trick while being a first class Mac-citizen. The app is available on the Mac App Store for free for a limited time (I am not going to put a price on it very soon, but I believe that naming something ‘limited’ could amplify a demand). All you have to do to get an accurate shutter count measurement is to connect your Canon EOS camera via USB cable.
Please use this short link to the Mac App Store: appstore.com/mac/eosinspector
I am an independent Mac developer from Moscow. I do OS X applications for living for the last five years. My other apps include Singlemizer (singlemizerapp.com) and Sleep No More (sleepnomoreapp.com). In my spare time, when I am not into engineering, I enjoy photography, extreme sports and all things internet like memes and funny gifs.
For the list of a supported EOS cameras please refer to the support page:
The table at top of the page includes every supported camera along with USA, European and Asian model names.
Note, that there are some technical limitations that prevent EOS Inspector from working with cameras with a pre-DIGIC III processors. (The 1-series 1D mark III and 1Ds mark III, all pre-DIGIC III cameras (5D mark I, 10D, 20D, 30D, 300D, 350D, 400D) and also EOS M are unsupported)
Also, if you want to anticipate potentially incorrect comments about the specific of the EOS shutter counts you can use the points I figured in this blog post:
I own ShutterCount and so I wanted to compare the two utilities side-by-side and here's two screen grabs:
You can see that EOS Inspector has a bit more info (including battery level)
Note that also, ShutterCount has recently added the function to track your actuations over time and can now export a log of your activity – something EOS Inspector doesn't have.
The good news there is both utilities came up with the same number of actuations… that's comforting eh?
(cover photo credit: snap from EOS Inspector)