Nikon Shutter Count Database

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Knowing your Nikon camera’s shutter count can be important when it comes to determining its overall condition and value. It can also help you avoid buying a camera that has been damaged or abused by its previous owner.

However, the shutter count on any Nikon camera is a bit confusing and difficult to find. This article will explain what shutter count means, a list of Nikon cameras and their shutter life ratings, how it affects your camera’s value, and how you can find your camera’s shutter count.

Nikon Z mirrorless camera

What Is A Shutter Count?

Let’s put this: Shutter count is the number of times the camera’s shutter has been used. The camera’s shutter is a small curtain that opens and closes when you take a picture.

Each time the shutter opens and closes, it records an exposure thus recording the number of times it’s been used.

The shutter is a mechanical device that can break over time. When the shutter breaks, it can cause the camera to malfunction.

The shutter count is a good way to determine how many times a camera has been used and can help determine its current value.

Why Do You Need To Know Your Nikon Camera’s Shutter Count?

Maybe you’re wondering why it’s important to know the shutter count of your trusty friend. Well, there are many reasons why a photographer would want to know how many times their camera’s shutter has been used.

camera shutter count nikon

One reason is that the shutter count is a useful tool to have when you’re trying to decide if you should buy a used camera or not.

If the shutter count is low, it means that the camera has been used very little (but not always) and probably doesn’t have many issues with it. If the shutter count is high, there’s more of a chance that the shutter might fail soon.

Nikon Cameras Shutter Count Guide

Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon Z5


Nikon Z6II

Nikon Z7

Nikon Z7II

Nikon Z9

Nikon Z30

Nikon Z50

Nikon Z fc

DSLR Cameras

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3500

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5600

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7500

Nikon D200

Nikon D300

Nikon D300S

Nikon D500

Nikon D600

Nikon D610

Nikon D700

Nikon D750

Nikon D780

Nikon D800

Nikon D800E

Nikon D810

Nikon D810A

Nikon D850

Nikon D40

Nikon D40X

Nikon D50

Nikon D60

Nikon D70

Nikon D70S

Nikon D80

Nikon D90

Nikon D2H

Nikon D2Hs

Nikon D2X

Nikon D2Xs

Nikon D3 

Nikon D3S

Nikon D3X

Nikon D4

Nikon D4S

Nikon D5

Nikon D6

Nikon Df

Nikon Shutter Count Limit (Lifespan)


All cameras have a shutter life rating or life expectancy. This is the estimated number of times the camera’s mechanical shutter can be used before it starts to fail.

For example, most Nikon DSLR and mirrorless cameras have a lifespan rating of about 100,000 shutter releases.

So, what will happen if a camera already reached its expected lifespan?

Thankfully, most of the time the camera will still work flawlessly! I have a lot of cameras that exceeded their shutter count limit, but I haven’t had any problems with them.

In fact, some of my cameras can still go past their estimated lifespan by a few thousand shutter releases!

And lastly, I believe that camera manufacturers have these ratings to help consumers understand what to expect from their cameras. But, it’s important to note that they are only estimates and not hard rules.

Checking The Shutter Count

camera shutter count

You can’t find the overall camera’s shutter count through your camera itself. You can use a software or an application that can view the EXIF data of your images to check the shutter count.

We have several guides on how to find the shutter count for Canon, Sony, and Fuji cameras as well. For Nikon, luckily, we have the option to check the number with various free and paid apps. Here are the apps that I have used and found them helpful:

  1. Camera Shutter Count
  2. Shutter Check – Web
  3. Nikon Shutter Count
  4. Free Shutter Count
  5. Opanda

Checking the shutter count is easy and won’t take more than a few minutes. All you have to do is take a new photo and upload it to one of the links above. The app will then show you the shutter count of your camera.

Ideal Shutter Count for A Used Nikon Camera

Based on my experience, the ideal shutter count for Nikon cameras is around 1,000-50,000. I never had any problems buying used cameras within this range.

I also make sure to check every corner of the camera and its sensor for scratches and other signs of wear and tear.

One thing to note when buying used is don’t get easily fooled by buying a low shutter count camera. And why is that? Well, there’s a chance that the camera was used as a video camera which can put a lot of stress on its sensor.

That’s why it is really important not just to rely on shutter count alone, but to also look at the camera’s overall condition.


Can the shutter count be reset?

Yes, the shutter count can be reset. However, in order to do this, you need to replace the shutter itself with a new one. This means that you will have to pay the extra cost of having your camera repaired by a professional.

I already reached my camera’s rated shutter life expectancy, now what?

There’s no need to panic! It will still work just fine for you to use your camera. The shutter life expectancy is merely a guide to let you know how many shutter releases you can expect from your camera. Most of the time, the camera will outgrow its rated shutter life expectancy.

Can I repair my camera’s shutter? And if so, how much will it cost me?

In the event that your camera’s shutter fails, you can have it repaired. The cost of shutter repairs will vary depending on the model and brand of your camera. It’s better to bring it to an authorized repair center as soon as possible.