How Long Does My Digital Camera?

The theme of this article is one of the issues when you’re shooting as a hobby, I don’t usually care much, but over time this matter be a huge concern, because all our digital cameras have life!

We know that the great advantage of digital photography is that you don’t have to worry about the cost of the film or even of revelation, which leads us to imagine that we can shoot without limits, but depending on how you photograph, not quite.

And as the lifespan is measured? Shutter count!

By the numbers of clicks! Most cameras reflex considered amateurs, survive on average 50,000 clicks and so on have you noticed that if you shoot enough, this can be achieved in 1 year!

Exaggeration? A few years ago I made a trip to the United States and I was 40 days. I went out with my newly bought camera every day and came back with 8,000 pictures! Then you think nobody needs this amount of pictures, and I agree, but if we do the math gives 200 pictures a day, you’ve probably took more pictures in one day!

One of the reasons that makes your number of clicks increase quickly is to use continuous mode (bursts), which is that option in the camera is shooting several pictures as long as you press the shutter button continuously and in some situations is very useful, but not always the best if your camera has a few good days of use J

The numbers of clicks are equal for all cameras?

No, the number of clicks varies according to each camera model. The more professional, for example, have shutters more resistant and lasts on average of $100,000 to 150 Grand clicks, which can reach two hundred or more depending on the camera according to technology-wiki. These numbers are indicated by the manufacturers and are vital especially for professional photographers that need to be included in your cost the exchange value of the camera.

How long do I need to change my camera?

This time is directly connected to the model of your camera, and the use that you make of it. I’ve heard in a photographic Congress, stories of professional photographers who change their cameras every 4 months, that’s right, because the workload is huge, so they use their cameras up to half of their working life, and sell it while you can, and then buy new ones to ensure a safer job.

I like I’ve always been fond of taking pictures, my amateur cameras lasted on average of 2 to 3 years, while professionally they don’t usually get to 1 year and a half. And this is also linked to the type of photography, when most Studio photographer, the expense is much lower, than in events. In a marriage you can easily make more than 3,000 pictures in a single day, I’m not going to argue here about the real need of the amount of pictures, because this depends on the size of the event, the type of photographer that you are among other details.

Officially …

These are official data of the two largest companies of photographic equipment, our known CANON and NIKON:

On the website of NIKON’s support in the United States, they answer the question of how many pictures, my camera is able to do, with a response that reproduce here for being well and ends up serving as a parameter to the service life of almost all brands.

“The Nikon DSLR cameras incorporate a shutter mechanism able to move very fast to help capture details. The mechanical accuracy required to achieve shutter speeds up to 1/8000s is inspiring. However, as with anything mechanical, it might need repairs or even be replaced one day.

There is no way to say with any degree of accuracy the total number of times the shutter of the camera was released. While there are third-party software applications designed to read the count of the shutters of cameras, this number is not always accurate, because the time of shutter release can be reset by firmware upgrades, or be cleared on technical assistance, if certain parts are replaced or certain operations are performed.

Since the exact number of shutter releases before the crash cannot be exactly calculated, the formula used to estimate when it might occur it’s called MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures). MTBF is a mathematical system that uses statistical analysis to design a ‘ lifetime ‘ expected average of a given item. Based on past performance and testing, we can deliver an estimated average number of shutter release (also referred to as actuations or cycles) that can be expected before the likely failure of the shutter.

The middle term is referring to an arithmetic mean and not an actual number of exact amounts, which may be larger or smaller. We have compiled a short list of various models from Nikon and the test data for each one. “These data are available only for the models listed below.”

Model Estimated number of shutter release
D4s, D4 Tested up to 400.000 cycles
D3-series Tested up to 300.000 cycles
D800 (E) Tested up to 200.000 cycles
DF Tested up to 150.000 cycles
 D700 Tested up to 150.000 cycles
 D610, D600 Tested up to 150.000 cycles
 D300 (s) Tested up to 150.000 cycles
 D7100, D7000 Tested up to 150.000 cycles
 D90 Tested up to 100.000 cycles
 D5300/D5200/ D5100/D5000/D3100/D3000/D3200 Tested up to 100.000 cycles
 Nikon 1 Estimated number of shutter release
V2, V1 Tested up to 100.000 cycles

In the case of CANON cameras, the Digital Picturepublished the last official release of life of CANON shutters:

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000 d 000
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500 d 000
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450 d 000
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400 d 000
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT/350 d 000
  • Canon EOS 00070 d
  • Canon EOS 60 d 000
  • Canon EOS 50 d 000
  • Canon EOS 40 d 000
  • Canon EOS 30 d 000
  • Canon EOS 20 d 000
  • Canon EOS 7 d 000
  • Canon EOS 6 d 000
  • Canon EOS 5 d Mark III 000
  • Canon EOS 5 d Mark II 000
  • Canon EOS 5 d 000
  • Canon EOS 1 d X 000
  • Canon EOS 1 d Mark IV 000
  • Canon EOS 1 d Mark III 000
  • Canon EOS 1 d Mark II N 000
  • Canon EOS 1DS Mark III 000
  • Canon EOS 1DS Mark II 000

Learning with others.

There is a database shared by multiple users, and this may include you, where do you find the life of hundreds of models of cameras, as its name indicates: Camera Shutter Life Expectancy Database. (Database of life expectancy of camera shutters)

Just enter the model of your camera and you will be taken to a screen with stats made upon real situations:

And why I chose the 40 d to illustrate? Because I found myself in the results!

I had put my information when she was only 31,643 clicks and just so you have an idea, she’s with over 102,524 clicks, of course she is already professionally retired long ago, but it works very well in the hands of various students of my workshop!

Back to information from Camera Shutter Life, you have the result of how many clicks the shutters survived alive and the average clicks after they have died:

By continuing to use the D40 as a model:

Average number of actuations after which shutter is still alive: 51, 939.3
Average number of actuations after which shutter died:85, 638.6

You may notice that in the case of my camera, she is above the useful life and that most cameras that sent the test the day I write this article are 772 submissions, died before the official expectation of CANON.

And of course you will notice that some models reach frightening numbers of clicks, there are many cases for cameras that lasted up to about 500,000 clicks or even 800Mil clicks, which almost became an urban legend ‘ alt=”😉” draggable=false class=emoji len=0 v:shapes=”_x0000_i1027″>

You can also collaborate with this database, if you do not know the number of clicks from your camera, continue reading to learn how to discover, then just collaborate with the Camera Shutter Life.

How do I find out how many clicks has my camera?

For most cameras the site Camera Shutter Countcan help, simply upload an image and wait for the result. He counts of some models of the brands: CANON, NIKON, PENTAX and SANSUNG. But it doesn’t always work, I made tests with some photos of the 60 d and 5 d, but only the Canon 5 d work.

And like CANON does not store in the Exif of your cameras this information, the other option is theEOS AstroJargon Info, he is a freewarwe program, and will provide the shutter count, the serial number, the model of the camera, the firmware version, as well as the owner and date the results too. EOSInfo works with almost any DSLR, with the exception of the 500 d (might work, test to see). How does it work? Simply connect the camera to your computer via a cable, run the program and – voila!Your data is there for you to analyze. Is not available for Macs, only for PC. The EOSInfo is the upgraded version of the 40 d Shutter, the previous edition, which – despite the name – worked on almost all cameras with DIGIC III/IV DSLRs, except the 1 d series. In fact, it was with him that I saw the number of clicks from the Canon 40 d!

Have NIKON has the options of using the site My Shutter Count, it worked perfectly here with a picture of the D800

My Shutter Count

Result of My Shutter Count

Or you can use the program Opanda IExif which I reproduce the photos here, and with the advantage of being a zillion times faster than the online services, but only works for Windows …

You still have the site Nikon Shutter Count, and this I tested it with the D700 and also worked perfectly!

Result of Nikon Shutter Count

And also the possibility to see the amount of clicks in Photoshop itself, I used the CS6, but should work on other versions, simply open a file. NEF or even. JPG.

show the information of the picture (right click over the image > File Info, or the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + I) and on the “Raw Data” do a search for “image” and will appear in the results <aux:ImageNumber> number of clicks </aux:ImageNumber> as in the image below:

Is it useful to know that?

The main thing is to be aware of the amount of clicks you’ve ever done, it helps to know when you need to do some kind of maintenance, for example.

But I believe that the most useful is to have a bit more security if resolves to buy a used camera, having knowledge of these techniques, you sell a pig in a poke

I hope this has been useful this article and that you share with us your experience with the amount of clicks from your camera!

Until the next good clicks!

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