What is Shutter Count?
Shutter actuation or shutter count are number that represent how many time your camera shutter has actuated, every time your shutter open and close when taking a picture, count a one actuation. Since camera shutter are mechanical part, it will fail to operate someday when it reach it’s maximum actuation, it will worn out just like your shoes, or car’s tire.
It is very important to know your shutter actuation number to prevent the sudden fail while you are working with your camera, especially if you are a pro Photographer. Or you are planning to buy a second hand camera. Here is a link where a professional photographer get it’s shutter broken during an assignment.
Check Your Nikon Camera’s Shutter Actuations
Maximum Shutter Actuations Life Prediction:
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 400,000 exposure durability
Nikon D3, D3x, D3s:
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 300,000 exposure durability
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 200,000 exposure durability
Nikon D700, Nikon D600:
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 150,000 exposure durability *
Nikon D7000, D300s, D300:
Factory tested Shutter life 150,000 actuations
Nikon D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000, D90:
Factory tested Shutter life 100,000 actuations
Nikon Older Models:
Don’t have enough Information, Like D80 is to be said up to 50000 actuations. But Most newest model min have 100k actuations tested on the factory.
If your camera shutter has worn out, you can repair it at your camera service center, it will cost you 100 – 250 $. They will disassemble your camera and replace the shutter with the new one, and reset the shutter count to zero again, and start counting. In other word shutter count is representation of your camera shutter life expectations, not your camera life. After you change your camera shutter you can shoot normal again. Just like your car tire has worn out and you can change a new tire and your car start working again.
Each model, camera actuations is vary, some will have 100k expectancy shutter count, on some pro model such Nikon D3s, it is equip with a Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 300,000 exposure durability.
To simply check your nikon shutter actuations please go this page and upload a file directly from the camera.