11 comments on “Find the Shutter Count Value with digiKam

  1. This doesn’t work with Canon EOS DSLR cameras as they don’t store this information in the image. I’ve confirmed this with my 450D and I believe it is the same on other Canon’s but I may be wrong.

    You can however use gphoto2 to pull this directly out of the camera using:

    gphoto2 –get-config /main/status/shuttercounter

    Again, this works on the 450D, not tested on anything else.

    By the way, mine is on 43525!

  2. My Olympus E-510 does not seem to expose this property as I am unable to locate it in digikam as explained above.

  3. If digiKam doesn’t do the trick, you might want to try exiftool:

    exiftool -ShutterCount path/to/photo

    On Ubuntu, you can install exiftool using the following command:

    sudo apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl

  4. I can confirm above for the Canon EOS 1000D. The information is not stored in the image.
    However, I didn’t try to pull the information directly from the camera, so I can neither confirm or deny that.

  5. I sometimes get the impression that the DigiKam developers have never seen a Canon DSLR. ;-)

    Most of the up-to-date support in Exiv2 is for Nikon metadata. Exiftool, used separately from DigiKam, is a lot better for Canon metadata.

  6. Some Canon’s professional DSLRs report the shutter count in the Exif data, but none of their consumer cameras do. The alternative I use is to to set sequential file numbering from day one. The file number is then the rough equivalent of the shutter count (i.e., it does not count opening the shutter for live view, sensor cleaning, or playing with the camera with no card inserted). Unfortunately, the last time I checked, Exiv2/DigiKam could not get the “FileNumber” tag for an EOS 40D or 50D. Exiftool can do it, though.

  7. Unfortunately, on my Pentax K200D the shutter value says 240 37 234 116, which isn’t the real number ;)

  8. This worked neither for my Pentax K100D Super nor for the K-7 with digiKam version 2.5.0 working on RAW (PEF) files. The displayed value always made no sense, they probably need some decoding first. Exiftool however als works on PEF files and gets a number that looks correct.

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