Here is a free program to check the Nikon D850 shutter count (Windows only)

There is a new free software that lets you check both the mechanical and electronic shutter count of the Nikon D850 DSLR camera. You can download it here (click on the zip file link). The software will most likely work also for other Nikon DSLR cameras.

Update - another option to get D850 shutter count is the ExifTool: just download and unzip the archive then double-click on "exiftool(-k).exe" to read the application documentation, drag-and-drop the jpg to the ExifTool icon to view meta information or rename to "exiftool.exe" for command-line use.

Online you can check the shutter count of your camera at and

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  • Eclecticblogs

    I am wondering if this program is actually safe. Windows Defender is blocking the running of this program when I try to run it.

    • bonem

      Yeah! I want to use it but now that you mention this I’m curious too.
      *Calling out IT folks to check it*

      • bonem

        Meh. I just did the easy and safe way and looked it up in Photoshop. 3038!

        • Vinnypimages

          Does photoshop tell you how many of them are electronic actuation.

          • bonem

            Nope. That’d be nice.

    • Ritvars Pujats

      It sends your photo over to china and uses them without copyright. lol

    • David Uglava

      Why would someone use Windows Defender as “reliable” program?
      I use ESET Internet Security 2018 and everything is absolutely FINE

      • Michael Jin

        Because this isn’t 2003 and Microsoft’s built-in security solution is actually more than good enough for the vast majority of users. Unless you’re downloading cracked software or regularly spending time on questionable websites, most dedicated internet security suites are overkill and just sit there hogging resources and bogging down your system’s performance.

        • CERO

          Nod32 is one of these rare ones who dont hog your system.

          *shudders*. as an IT, I always get nightmares of Norton and McAffee being bundled and almost impossible to remove safely from purchased systems. (I’m looking at you DELL!)

    • Yonsang Cho

      I made this program using visual c++ 2010 MFC. In my Windos 10 os, Defender was not blocking it. So, i can’t know why did a problem occur. I think now because some program informations were not written. But in my window, that problem don’t occur yet. You can rely on my program.

  • mike

    Why is the shutter count important?

    • Ian

      Similar to using mileage on a car to have a basic indication on the camera’s usage.

    • more important when buying used gear

    • bonem

      Because people like to know the information they like to know. As with most things, it’s subjectively important.

    • Rich Poinvil

      Not that important unless you are a working photographer who has been working with the camera for a few years. The expected shutter life on most probably cameras used to be 150,000. But anyway, how many people do you know who have had their shutter fail? One? For me it’s zero.

      • Aaron Michels

        I had one fail less than a year after I got it. I dropped it in a parking lot and it out didn’t work after that. 😉

      • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

        Good to know that the shutter count on a new £3500 is near or at zero as possible and not a gray / rejected camera and me wasting £3500 on a possible used camera

        • Rich Poinvil

          So shutter count can tell you if camera was grey market and or reject? Didn’t know that.
          You can also just buy from reputable dealer and Nikon will check the whole camera for free because it’s a new camera, still under warranty. Tell them you want a clean and check. This is what I do with my used/refurbished purchases unless I purchased the refurb from Nikon.

      • Jeffnky

        I have worn out shutters in these cameras, D300 twice, D300s twice, D800E, and D810. I use them a lot and they all usually do not fail until after 300,000 clicks.

        • Rich Poinvil

          Wow. Ok I now know one person who has had shutter failure.
          Now I am afraid for my shutters’ when they get a count that high.

          • Jeffnky

            When you start getting a blank frame every once in a while get ready, it’s nearing the end.

            • Rich Poinvil

              Blank as in black right?

            • Jeffnky


          • Don’t worry. The replacement shutters are not very expensive.

    • Abiatha Swelter

      When the shutter count gets to 150,000, a message pops up that says you are going to spend the rest of your life staring at Photoshop.

      The number is not a very useful predictor of failure, so why worry about it?

  • For most D850 hopeful owners, the shutter count is still at Zero.

    • Aaron Michels


    • D900

      Anything other than the mirrorless should have a shutter count of 0 in your world right? You sound like a Sony troll.

      • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

        Ideally the electronic no of shots should be recorded in a mirrorless camera again when you buy new you want the camera new and also for resell – many bidders want to know how no of shots the camera has shot and the condition of the camera

      • Fenasi Kerim

        He’s referring to the delays in D850 shipments guys..Relax a little..

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      Wait, I bought a camera but you expect me not to use it?
      WTH! (^_^) JK

      • “Hopeful” owners.

        • ninpou_kobanashi

          That’s the JK part!

  • boulderghost

    I need program to find a used D850. With any shutter count.

    • Rich Poinvil

      Keep and eye on Nikon’s web site in your country. They sell factory refurbished at a good discount. The newer the cam, the faster they sell out. They come with a warranty.

  • saywhatuwill

    Wow, 4488 shots and the camera just came out. I’m one of those that have low shutter counts on my cameras but have a lot of photos I’m proud to have taken. I came from the film era where I couldn’t fire away like a crazy person since there were 36-exposures max. I never broke the habit and usually I just shoot one or two frames of a scene. So it took me a long time (years) just to get to 4000 frames.

  • There are a few important points to consider about this program. One of them(which I came across) is that with a third party lens, the count/s may be in error. I am getting mechanical count of 2500 approx and 170 for electronic shutter for an NEF photo clicked with my samyang 12mm lens whereas I am pretty sure the count for both shutters cannot be less than 15k each. I guess in this scenario the counts shown with the program are for clicks made with the lenses in question and not the total count. I will have to check with my other lenses(nikkor AF/manual AIS as well as my samyang 14mm) to find out. Otherwise a useful program.

  • Clifford Martin

    will give some warning: My Windows 10 Pro operating system didn’t want
    to run the program and put up a warning about it. Then my Symantec
    corporate edition of Endpoint Protection also didn’t want to run the
    program because of unknown publisher, but I finally got it to allow the
    program to run.

    When I did get to check a NEF file,
    the program showed the total count as 1165 but my sequential number for
    that photo is only 1134. I’m hoping the 31 count difference is the
    number of times I activated LiveView. If they could somehow capture and
    display the LiveView count, that would be extremely helpful.

    • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

      good q – another possiblity is saving the latest D850 nef and open it in Adobe Photoshop (may need to convert to JPG), do a file info and then the XML raw camera data and then find <aux:ImageNumber and see what value is there.

      Mine ties up with this utility but cannot answer your issue, have you reset anything in the camera ?

    • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

      good q – another possiblity is saving the latest D850 nef and open it in Adobe Photoshop (may need to convert to JPG), do a file info and then the XML raw camera data and then find <aux:imagenumber. See what value it is and whether it ties with this utility.

    • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

      good q – another possiblity is saving the latest D850 nef and open it in Adobe Photoshop (may need to convert to JPG), do a file info and then the XML raw camera data and then find imagenumber tag. See what value it is and whether it ties with this utility.

  • Riley Escobar

    Tried it on a V2 NEF, and the total shutter count matches the tally from Interesting to note that I have more than twice the count for electronic actuations than mechanical.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Exiftool has worked forever and still does with D850.
    Mac and Win.

    exiftool MOO.NEF | grep “Shutter Count”
    Shutter Count : 1472

    • Carsten Pauer

      Doesn’t works on a intel Mac… try: exiftool -ShutterCount MOO.NEF

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        Yes it does, lol – I’m a Mac person.
        You should try it 😉

        | is a pipe and grep is, just grep.

    • Vinnypimages

      There are loads that can give the total number of shots taken. The main difference for this one is that it tells you how many mechanical shutter shots have been taken and how many electronic. For people who shoot time lapses and giga panoramas that’s a big deal.

    • thanks, will add to my post

  • Michiel953

    If I make a shot and look at the DSC number I have the shuttercount. Right or wrong?

    • Stefan Hundhammer

      Wrong. That number can easily be reset from the camera menus, and it wraps around to 0000 after 9999; this is actually defined like that in that old specification that all camera makers are following. Even if there seem to be 5 digits, the leading zero is part of the alphanumeric prefix (“DSC” etc.).

      • Orange Elephant

        Yes, the wraparound is very annoying. I recently did some commercial work & the images were numbered something like 9700 – 0100. Took a bit of sorting out. :/

    • Sawyerspadre

      It is my impression that the DSC number can be easily reset, and the shutter count cannot, like your car odometer.

    • Michiel953

      My old D700 got to 13k clicks on DSC numbers

  • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

    I wonder why Windows still doesn’t have a counter built in like macOS does…

    • Stefan Hundhammer

      Huh? What are you talking about? This is about the CAMERA, not the operating system.

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        Some people are not in “tech” (^_^)

      • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

        That’s weird, I didn’t know that you can’t read certain models shutter counts.
        MacOS can’t read D850 nef but it was able to read D850 shutter count without an update.

        • Stefan Hundhammer

          This is not anything that MacOS does; MacOS is the operating system. It’s something that some Nikon software that you might have running on MacOS does, either when you connect the camera to your computer or when you handle image files with it that you uploaded from the camera.

          • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

            When I open a photo with “Preview” program and go to show the inspector and it shows a shutter count. I don’t have any Nikon software on my Mac. I’m lost! Ha.

            • Stefan Hundhammer

              As I already wrote here: You are viewing the EXIF data of an image shot with that camera. This is nothing MacOS-specific, it’s in the image.

  • Stefan Hundhammer

    Just use the EXIF data of any image shot with the camera.

  • thanks, will add to my post

  • Aaron Michels

    Aren’t the shutter leaves supposed to bow in and out randomly and cross each other?

  • AlphaStatuz

    I’m pretty sure you can also just right click (on a PC) and look at Details. Not 100% positive, but you can definitely examine this information in PS or bridge.

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