Look Up Your Camera’s Lifespan with the Shutter Life Expectancy Database


When it comes to figuring out our car’s life expectancy, we’ve come to expect a little bit of community involvement. Sure, the car company will tell you that your truck is supposed to last X-number of miles, but if the majority of real owners online disagree, we tend to side with them. But why stop at your car? Why not see what users are reporting about your camera’s life expectancy?

That’s exactly what the shutter life database on photographer Oleg Kikin‘s website is for. Created back in 2007, it’s a website on which people can log in and contribute by answering two questions: first, How many shutter clicks is your camera at?” and second, “Is it still working?” The more people that participate, the more theoretically accurate the calculated averages should be, though some of the numbers seem to be pretty clearly bogus.


Canon officially lists most of its cameras shutter life expectancies at between 50,000 and 150,000 (with the 1D models averaging a bit higher at between 200 and 400K). According to Kikin’s database, you should expect closer to 350K out of your 5D. It may be surprising, but not implausible.

However, many of the outliers are sure to make you say “Huh?” Sticking with Canon, several users claim that their 5D Mark II shutters are still going strong at over 8 million actuations.

As long as you take the charts and figures with a grain of salt, the database provides an interesting look at how manufacturer shutter ratings are holding up on the cameras in the real world.

Camera Shutter Life Expectancy Database [Oleg Kikin via ALTFoto]

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    all the time-lapsers will scoff at 150,000 shutter actuation life expectancies

  • Duke Shin

    The one that died after 1 click is probably Bad Luck Brian’s camera

  • Ron Hendriks

    My Pentax K-5 Silver Limited Edition is now at 126.000 and only had one failure rescently but is still taking images.

  • bob

    Some said the shutter works on a 7D after 8 millions clicks.. come on.

  • JosephRT

    I also see that my 5D mark II’s average death rate is at 360,000 clicks while my old backup Rebel T2i has an average death of 1.2 million clicks…WTF
    I don’t fault the site as I think it could be very resourceful, I think the problem is a lot of people are exaggerating their shutter clicks by astronomical amounts

  • Stewart Doyle

    Actual shutter death is one thing, but what about shutter operarion ERROR? Ie: Incorrect timings due to worn parts, but not actually locking up or jamming?

  • Ralph Hightower

    My camera is not in the database: Canon A-1. 30 years old and still clicking.

  • Helvio

    This site has no new models! Where the nikon D3100, D3200, D5100, D7000 and others???

  • Scott Mains

    288,000 -/+ and counting. Sounds like a bag of spanners though.

  • Chris Stegner

    My question is…. How do I even find out the count on my 5DMII?

  • cgat

    load up magic latern and it will tell you!

  • wmac

    The page is out of date and useless.

    It is missing almost 2-3 generations of new cameras (e.g. Nikon D3100 and D3200)

  • Joseph Michael

    i have Canon AE-1 still a tank =)