How to Check Shutter Count on Canon 5D Mark III – Simple Steps

How to Check Shutter Count on Canon 5D Mark III

Each camera has a specific shutter rating that will determine how long it will last. Knowing this about your camera is crucial so that you understand its life and use it well. Remember that contrary to the popular belief, cameras will not last forever. They have a date like everything else and if you are aware of this, you will be able to make the most of it. 

In this article, we will go into the depths of shutter count and how you can check it on your Canon 5D Mark III.

What is Shutter Count?

When you press the shutter button on your camera, the shutter works to record an image. The sensor gets activated. Each time you press the button, it is counted. So the shutter count is the total number of times you press the button. 

All DSLR cameras have a specific shutter count (maximum number of times you can press the button.) For entry-level or basic cameras it is 100,000 and for advanced cameras, it can go up to 400,000. 

What is the Shutter Count for a Canon 5D Mark III?

Even though this feels like basic information, some people don’t find it easily. The answer is 150,000. This means that your Canon 5D Mark III will work until you press the button 150,000 times. 

How to check shutter count on Canon 5D Mark III?

If you have been using your DSLR for quite a while, we are sure you are wondering how much longer you can use it. You will get that information by checking the shutter count. Here’s how you do that:

  • Windows: You can download the EOSinfo software program to check the shutter count. It is easy to install too. Once the download and installation are complete, connect your camera with the computer and find all the important information including shutter count.
  • Mac: EOSinfo does not work on iOS. So, if you have a Mac, you will have to download another software program called ShutterCheck. You can find all the required information by using this software.

Checking online

There is another option that you can use. is a popular website that provides details of shutter count online. You will not have to download any software for this.

People also ask (FAQs)

Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions:

How Much Does it Cost to Replace the Shutter on Canon 5D Mark III?

A new shutter will cost you around $250.

Can Shutter Count be Reset?

No, it cannot.

What is an Acceptable Shutter Count?

We would say that 150,000 is acceptable for entry-level cameras and 300,000 is good for professional photography cameras.

What Happens When Shutter Count is Reached?

The camera may or may not stop working. This depends on other factors as well, which is why we cannot give you a template answer. Some cameras are known to wear out before the shutter count is reached while the others keep going even afterward.

What is a Bad Shutter Count?

Anything below 100,000 is below average, according to us.


Canon 5D Mark III is a very good entry-level camera with a decent shutter count. We hope this article helps you find out where you are in the count so that you use your camera accordingly. If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us.


Jacob Crone has spent too much time on researching and finding the best stuff for my Canon DSLR, and this led him to make As he found that millions of cameras are sold every year, and photographers like me are looking for cool and useful stuff for them all the time. So he wanted to make a site dedicated mostly to camera owners to help them get better results.

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