Here's a cool update to a very popular question and piece of software we've talked about before… “how do I get the shutter count on a Canon camera?”
Now, Shuttercount is available on your iPhone or other iOS device!
Which makes this a brilliant addition to your arsenal – especially if you're someone who maybe buys cameras via something like Craigslist – where you buy from someone local. If you have this app, you can check the shutter actuations before you buy! Maybe you're meeting someone in coffee shop to consider a purchase. Whip out your phone and check to see how many exposures the camera's been thru.
Heck, a $2.99 investment could save you hundreds of dollars on a bad purchase.
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Canon Shutter Count? Get accurate shutter actuations from ShutterCount App
ShutterCount Mobile with Canon EOS 7D Mark II
ShutterCount on iPhone and iPad
Via Laszlo Pusztai:
My ShutterCount app is now available on iOS!
It runs on 64-bit devices running iOS 9 or later (that is: iPhone 5s or later, iPod touch 6, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Pro).
Since Apple does not provide a way to control a camera via USB from an iOS device, ShutterCount Mobile relies on Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection and thus supports cameras having one of those. Either built-in, or utilizing an external Wireless File Transmitter.
So at the moment it will work with the following Canon EOS cameras: 6D, 70D (using built-in Wi-Fi); 5D Mark III, 7D Mark II (using WFT-E7 transmitter); 1D X, 1D C (using built-in Ethernet or WFT-E6 transmitter).
Feature-wise it is equal with the Mac version – besides a simple reading it sports history logging, with the ability to copy the logs into Apple’s Numbers or Microsoft Excel. Plus you can access these logs through iTunes file sharing.
Because of the network connection required to the camera, you’ll need to do an extra step before the reading – pair the app and the camera. ShutterCount relies on the camera’s more advanced EOS Utility connection mode (and thus will not work with the simple smartphone connection mode). Mind this when establishing the connection.
Towards the end of the video I make three test shots and power cycle the camera to show the updated shutter count. Note that the camera needs some time to register itself on the network, and that pairing needs to be done once – the next time the app will automatically recognize the camera.
This automatic connection remains in effect until you either pair the camera to another app (Kuuvik Capture for example), turn off the network connection on the camera, or quit (I mean force quit, pressing the Home button is not enough) the app on the iPhone/iPad.
ShutterCount Mobile is available on the App Store for $2.99 / €2.99.
(cover photo credit: snap from video)