What is Shutter Count and why should you care?
Well…have you seen what’s been going on at eBay lately?
In the past month, 20 or so U.S. location, working Canon 5D Mk II bodies – the camera that really set off the DSLR video revolution – have sold for as little as $970, topping out at just under $1,600.
By comparison, a new Mark III body will set you back around $3,500, give or take.
For U.S. location Canon 7D bodies, it’s even better: over the past 3 months, transactions have closed for as little as $360, topping out just about where the 5D Mk II begins, near the $1,000 price point.
It’s a great time to buy a used camera.
Or is it a terrible time to sell a used camera?
It depends, of course, upon which side of the transaction you sit.
But three things are clear:
1) With tectonic shifts taking place in the market (from new entrants like the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s to the rumored replacement this September of the much-loved and venerable Canon 7D), most people know that IF they want to switch or trade up, they have a very limited time before their current gear values plummet even farther than they already have.
2) Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, a camera body with fewer shutter actuations – all else being equal – will command a higher price than one with more, just like mileage on a used car.
3) If you can report the shutter count for the camera you’re selling, you enhance your credibility and you are likely to get to a fairer price for both parties.
Until now, Windows users were at a disadvantage compared to Mac users relying on the aptly-named ShutterCount app by DIRE Studio to do just that.
The good news: DIRE has now released a Windows version, available for the same $2.99.
It is absolutely money well spent (I've used it myself).
One heads up, however: ShutterCount – in either version — does NOT tell you how many hours of video have been shot.
Also, check out previous planet5D articles about ShutterCount:
- Canon Shutter Count? Get accurate shutter actuations from ShutterCount App
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II shutter count actuation utility
ShutterCount for Windows
From DIRE Studio Press:
It looks and works the same way the Mac version does, except that history logging is not (yet) available in the Windows version.
Pricing also matches the Mac version’s (€2.69 / $2.99 / £1.99), and the Windows version can be purchased directly from the app's page. You can activate each license on two computers simultaneously, and there’s no limit on the number of cameras you can read, nor the number of readings you can perform on a camera.
Note: for the best compatibility with your camera it is recommended to upgrade the camera's firmware to the latest available version.
ShutterCount Supported cameras:
- Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)
- Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
- Canon EOS-1D X
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)
- Canon EOS 6D
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon EOS 50D
- Canon EOS 60D
- Canon EOS 70D
- Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
- Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3
- Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
- Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
- Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
- Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i
- Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
- Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
- Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
ShutterCount is certified to work with all of the cameras listed above, using their latest firmware revision.
Check out the ShutterCount FAQ
More information at the ShutterCount Webpage
Isn't it worth $2.99 to find out your camera's shutter count?
(cover photo credit: snap from DIRE Studio)
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