Some photographers are really concern about how long their digital SLR camera will last before they had to change the shutter or buy a new camera. Some may want to know how many photos that they have taken since they bought their camera.
If you are currently using a Nikon digital SLR camera, then you are in luck. A freeware called Opanda IExif can tell you how many shots that you have taken with your camera based on the shutter count attribute recorded on a photo’s EXIF information.
Steps to Check a Nikon Digital SLR Camera Shutter Count
1- Using your Nikon camera, take a picture in JPEG format. RAW formatted images won’t work with Opanda IExif.
2- Transfer that picture from your camera to your personal computer.
3- Download Opanda IExif. Double click the setup file to install it and click the Panda icon on the desktop to run it.
4- Select the “Open” menu icon. Choose the photo that you have taken before. Your picture will be shown on top left of the interface.
5- Select the “Summary” tab.
6- Scroll down until you reach the “MakerNote (Nikon)” section. Scroll down a little bit more until you find the “Total Number of Shutter Releases for Camera” attribute. A number will be shown next to this attribute. That my friend, is your Nikon Digital SLR shutter count.
How many shots have you taken / your shutter count number? Currently mine is at 16397 which is probably OK because I bought a used one to start a new hobby. Don’t forget to check out the other EXIF information! Learning the EXIF data can make you a better photographer, as the experts said.