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Why Should Photographers Care About Shutter Count?

Shutter count, more specifically the shutter actuation count, is something that I think every photographer should know about. Now this isn’t something that will make you a better photographer. It won’t improve your image quality. So maybe some of you won’t find this episode very interesting, but I hope you will hear me out as to why I think shutter count matters.

Definition of a Shutter Actuation

Let’s start by defining what we actually mean by a shutter actuation. Kind of a funny way to word things, but that is the language used to describe the event of your pressing the shutter button on your camera that leads to the shutter inside your camera opening and closing. One shutter press makes one open and close happen.

For DSLRs this also means the mirror flaps up and down once, something that is also important to know. In fact, this can happen even if the mechanical shutter inside your camera wasn’t actuated since digital cameras have supported Live View (when you see the scene on the back LCD) and video recording for quite some time. Not only does that mirror flap up and back down every time the shutter button is pressed, it flaps up when you press the button to enable Live View and back down when you turn it off.

Same goes for shooting video using a DSLR. When you start shooting that mirror has to flip up and when you stop it flaps back down.

If you have never seen slow motion capture of a DSLR flipping the mirror up, releasing the shutter, and then flipping the mirror back down, you have to check out this excellent Inside a Camera at 10,000fps video from the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube.

I am amazed the mirror and shutter curtains work at all. It is incredible to me that we have engineering so competent to make these mechanical pieces move both quickly, precisely, and consistently.

Shutters Don’t Last Forever

As amazed as I am by the engineering feat of the shutter in our digital cameras, it is still a mechanical thing that moves and is therefore placed under stress every time you press that shutter button. Like everything mechanical that moves and is put under stress it will fail. Not a question of if, but when.

Some camera manufacturers include in the marketing information the number of shutter actuations the shutter in the camera is rated to support. I wish all of them did.

Like nearly everything mechanical this shutter count rating is based on the mean time before failure (MTBF). Testing shows on average how long the shutter mechanism lasts and that is the number they give us in the marketing materials when the camera is released.

Not all shutter mechanisms are created equal. Over the years the shutters in different camera bodies have been rated to support as few as 50,000 actuations up to as many as 500,000 actuations. Fuji doesn’t seem to publish this number for any of its cameras, but the others seem to make it available. You can find them doing a google search of your camera make and model followed by “shutter lifespan”.

Here are a few of the common makes and models and their shutter lifespan here in 2020:

Canon 90D: 120,000
Canon 5DM4: 150,000
Canon 7DM2: 200,000
Canon 1DX M3: 500,000
Nikon D3400: 100,000
Nikon D750: 150,000
Nikon D850: 200,000
Nikon D5: 400,000
Pentax K7: 100,000
Sony a6500: 200,000
Sony a7R3: 500,000
Sony a9: 500,000

Keep in mind, these numbers are the ratings of the shutter that each should reach on average. Some shutters may fail before that number, most seem to go well past that number. It doesn’t mean that if you look up the shutter count on your camera and it is a few short of this number

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What Happens When the Shutter Fails?

There are two common things photographers may observe when the shutter in their camera fails. First is the sound and speed of the shutter is really different. After putting 100,000 shutter actuations on a camera a photographer probably has a really good idea of what the shutter sounds like and how fast it goes. If the sound of the shutter changes, or it starts to stick where it doesn’t go as fast in continuous shooting mode especially, it would be good to find out how many shutter actuations you have and get it in for service.

The second thing you might observe would be seeing the curtain in your photos. It would look like having inconsistent exposure across the frame. Black bars or white bars showing up inconsistently in your images. If you watched the video from the SloMo Guys above, you can imagine why this would happen. The shutter in your camera has to be extremely precise and if there is a mechanical part on that shutter that has failed, or even partially failed, the curtains will no longer be precise enough to keep the exposure even across the entire frame.

How To Check the Number of Shutter Actuations on Your Camera

You would think the shutter actuation count would be in the menus of the cameras. Many of the manufacturers publish the expected actuation count for the shutters in their various models, only makes sense that photographers would want to check the number of actuations that have been put on the camera. Like checking the number of miles put on a car.

Unfortunately, only cameras from Olympus and Panasonic have the shutter actuation count in the menus – though they are hidden service menus. Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, and Sony cameras do the next best thing where you can get the shutter actuation count from photos. Then there is Canon. Canon makes it really hard to get the number, but it is possible on most of their cameras.

Shutter Count From Olympus and Panasonic

Not officially a feature that is supposed to be exposed to photographers, most Olympus and Panasonic cameras will show the shutter actuation count in their hidden service menus. These are menus designed to be used by repair professionals, but they are accessed via button sequences so there isn’t anything preventing a photographer from doing the same.

The best resource I have seen to help you with this is from Peter Walkenhorst’s excellent https://www.apotelyt.com/. Peter started the website as he was doing extensive research and testing on Leica’s APO-Telyt range of telephoto lenses back in 2011, but he has expanded the site significantly and has a section dedicated to getting the shutter actuation count from cameras.

You can find the button sequences for getting the shutter actuation count from many Olympus cameras here: https://www.apotelyt.com/camera-find/olympus-mft-shutter-count

You can find the button sequences for getting the shutter actuation count from many Panasonic MFT cameras here: https://www.apotelyt.com/camera-find/panasonic-g-shutter-count and Panasonic L-mount cameras here: https://www.apotelyt.com/camera-find/panasonic-s-shutter-count.

Shutter Count From Nikon, Fuji (Some), Pentax, and Sony Cameras

I think the shutter actuation count should be made available to photographers in the camera menus, but the next best thing is what you can do with most Nikon, Pentax, and Sony cameras. Getting the shutter count from most of those cameras is as simple as taking a photo in JPEG format and reading the shutter count from the EXIF data of the photo.

Some Fuji cameras released since 2017 also put the shutter count in the EXIF data. Even if you shoot raw, I recommend temporarily switching to shooting JPEG for getting the shutter count because you are more likely to have it work. Some EXIF readers won’t work with raw formats.

There are a lot of tools photographers can use to pull the shutter count out of the EXIF data from a recent photo for Nikon, Pentax, and Sony cameras. There are several websites like:

I have tested all of these websites and they do indeed extract the shutter count using the EXIF data of a photo that is uploaded to their website. Again, I recommend you take a shot of no value in JPEG format for the purpose of uploading that image to one of these websites if you have a Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, or Sony camera.

If you don’t want to upload a photo to one of these websites, and you are willing to use a command line utility, you can also download a free EXIF reader from https://exiftool.org/. It is available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Once installed you can use a command line to read EXIF data from a huge number of raw formats, and it supports JPEG as well.

Notice that I have not said you can get the shutter count using the EXIF data for ALL Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, and Sony cameras. For Fuji it has to be a model released on or after 2017, and even then it doesn’t seem to be that all models put this in the EXIF data as I couldn’t get a shutter count from images I shot using a Fuji X-T3. If the Fuji camera doesn’t put the shutter count in the EXIF data, photographers are out of luck. I haven’t found any other option for getting the information from a Fuji camera that doesn’t put it in the EXIF data (except for the Fuji X100-series where it is right there in the menu!).

It looks like nearly all of the cameras from Nikon, Pentax, and Sony put the shutter count into the EXIF data of every photo, but there may be some models that do not and I obviously don’t have every model to test.

Shutter Count from Canon Cameras

Canon has not made it easy for photographers to get the shutter actuation count from their cameras. There was a brief period of time where a few models of Canon cameras put the shutter count into the EXIF data like Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, and Sony. It looks like there may be something like 9 models that put the shutter count in the EXIF data. There were all models released prior to 2011and it looks like if you have the latest firmware on one of those models it stops putting the shutter count in there.

Still, there is a way to get the shutter actuation count from Canon cameras. Though there are two big downsides to doing this with Canon cameras.

  1. You have to license an application you run on your computer and then you have to connect the camera to your computer via USB.
  2. Most of the software solutions seem a little sketchy. The software comes from international developers and there are no guarantees that the programs don’t have malware in them.

If you want to go through the effort it takes to get the shutter actuation count from your Canon camera, check out my article Getting Shutter Actuation Count From Canon Cameras.

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The full-frame Sony A7 III is the brand’s latest full-frame E-mount model and also the most well-rounded in the range thanks to its brand new 24MP sensor, impressive number autofocus points, 5-axis in-body stabilisation and 4K video with full pixel readout. In fact, some are already calling it the “Mini A9” for the photographer on a budget.

But what about the a6500, the flagship camera of Sony’s APS-C range? It too can be called an all-rounder, as it incorporates many similar specifications to the A7 III – albeit inside a flat-topped body – so it is only natural to wonder how the two compare.

In the following comparison preview, we’re going to be answering this very question by looking at the ten main differences between the new A7 III and a6500. Let’s get started!

A7 III / a6500 full comparisons:

A7 III vs A7R III – A7 III vs X-H1 – a6300 vs a6500 – a6500 vs X-T2

A7 III / a6500 accessory articles:

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Best A7 III accessories – Best a6500 accessories

A7 III comparison previews:

A7 II vs A7 III – A7 III vs A9 – A7 III vs Fuji X-T2

What they have in common:

  • E-mount
  • continuous burst speeds of 10fps (A7 III) and 11fps (a6500), live view with blackouts up to 8fps
  • 5-axis IBIS with 5.0Ev of compensation (CIPA standards)
  • WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth connectivity

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1. Design and ergonomics

As we mentioned in the introduction, the a6500 is immediately recognisable due to the flat-topped design it inherited from previous APS-C models. Unlike the A7 III whose electronic viewfinder is found inside a protruding hump at the centre, the a6500’s viewfinder is found on the left side of the body.

Although both cameras feature a prominent grip out front, that of the A7 III is a little larger. However they both feel somewhat small when used with heavy lenses such as the FE 100-400mm.

The viewfinder and larger grip contribute to the extra size and weight of the A7 III, with the official measurements being as follows:

  • A7 III: 126.9 x 95.6 x 62.7mm; 650g with battery and memory card
  • a6500: 120 x 66.9 x 53.3mm; 453g with battery and memory card

Looking more closely at the body, it becomes clear that the A7 III has more physical controls and buttons than the a6500.

In addition to having two control dials instead of just one, it also comes with an AF-ON button and an AF joystick on the rear. A closer look at the mode dial on top also reveals that the Panorama shortcut has been replaced by the Slow & Quick mode.

A welcome addition to the A7 III is the dual SD card slot. One slot is standard UHS-I while the other is UHS-II compatible. The a6500 only has a single UHS-I compliant slot, making less capable of higher write speeds than the A7 III.

Found on both models is a 3.5mm microphone terminal but only the A7 III comes with a headphone output.

Both are dust and moisture resistant but lack freeze proofing.

2. Viewfinder and LCD screen

Both cameras feature an OLED electronic viewfinder but the A7 III’s is larger (0.5” type vs. 0.39” type) and has a higher magnification (0.78x vs. 0.70x). The resolution is the same however (2359k dots).

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They both offer 100% field coverage and an eyepoint of 23mm but the a6500’s EVF has a faster refresh rate (120fps vs. 60fps).

Although both cameras have a 3-inch tilting LCD screen with the same 921k-dot resolution, the A7 III offers a little more flexibility in that it tilts up 107 degrees and down 41 degrees instead of 90 degrees and 45 degrees. Usefully, touch sensitivity has been given to both screens, although its only purpose is to change the AF point on-screen.

3. Sensor and processor

Approximately 24.2MP is the shared resolution of both the A7 III and a6500 but this is where the similarities begin and end.

The A7 III is equipped with a brand new BSI full-frame CMOS sensor which allow for better light collection than its predecessor. In fact, Sony claims 15 stops of dynamic range at low sensitivities.

This new sensor, combined with the latest BIONZ X image processor, gives the A7 III lots of flexibility in low light situations. It has a base range of 100 to 51200 ISO and can be expanded down to 50 or up to 204800. Note that the extended values only go up to 102400 for video.

The a6500 has an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor whose maximum native sensitivity is ISO 25600 or 51200 when extended.

Both sensors feature a front-end LSI chip that improves the processing speed capabilities.

They offer 14-bit compressed RAW but only the A7 III has an uncompressed RAW option.

4. Autofocus performance

The A7 III is the latest model to feature Sony’s fast hybrid AF system. It features an impressive 693 phase detection and 425 contrast detection points across 93% of the frame.

The a6500 uses fewer points (425 phase detection and 169 contrast detection). These numbers are still very impressive though, if you consider that in APS-C crop mode, the A7 III is limited to 299 points with FE lenses or 221 points with APS-C lenses.

The minimum focus sensitivity range starts from -3Ev on the A7 III while the a6500 has a minimum -1Ev sensitivity.

The A7 III also comes with the AF Area Recognition mode that allows frequently used focus point settings to be memorised and assigned to custom buttons for fast recall, as well as the AF Track Sensor that allows you to adjust the responsiveness in continuous mode. Both feature EyeAF and Face Detection.

We’ve tested the a6500 intensively and its autofocus system is definitely excellent. The A7 III is one of the best camera you can find and its AF is based on that of the flagship A9, which is the best we’ve tested so far in the mirrorless world.

5. Buffer capacity

A smaller yet potentially significant difference for sports and wildlife photographers is the buffer capacity of the two cameras.

The A7 III can record 177 frames in JPG format and 89 in RAW format in a single burst whereas the a6500 is capable of recording 233 JPGs or 107 RAW frames. Usefully, you can operate the Fn and menu buttons on the A7 III immediately after finishing a continuous burst, even while data writing is in progress.

Of course, we mustn’t forget that performance is also dependant on the SD card, lens and continuous shooting speed.

6. Shutter speed

The A7 III and a6500 both use an electronically controlled, vertical-traverse focal plane type shutter that is supposed to produce fewer vibrations than previous shutters.

The main difference between them is their maximum shutter speed. Whereas the A7 III can reach 1/8000s, the a6500 is capped at 1/4000s. (Note that those speeds don’t change when you switch to the electronic shutter.)

Interestingly, the A7 III also comes with a new flicker reduction mode that minimises flickering in still images caused by fluorescent and other artificial lighting. It is useful at high shutter speeds and for continuous shots but does not work during silent shooting, bulb exposure, or movie recording.

7. Flash

The a6500 makes room for a built-in flash, rated with a guide number of 6GN at ISO 100.

The A7 III doesn’t feature a built-in flash, which is anything but unusual given that other cameras in this series don’t have one either. An external flash unit or a trigger for remote units can be attached to the hotshoe on top.

8. Battery type and life

There used to be one bugbear that pretty much all Sony owners had: the poor battery life of the original NP-FW50 battery.

This is why all third generation A7 cameras – including the A7 III – use the new NP-FZ100 battery. On one full charge, the A7 III can manage an average of 710 photos with the LCD monitor or 610 shots with the EVF, which is approximately 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50.

Unfortunately the a6500 uses the older battery and is listed as being able to take around 310 shots with the viewfinder or 350 shots with the LCD. In our experience, you can usually get through a day of moderate shooting on one charge as long as you avoid using power-hungry features such as 4K video or burst shooting.

Usefully, both cameras can be charged via the USB port but neither comes bundled with a separate wall charger.

9. Vertical battery grip

The battery life of the NP-FZ100 is excellent on its own, but those who require even more juice for long shooting sessions will certainly want to consider the VG-C3EM vertical battery grip for the A7 series.

It holds two additional NP-FZ100 batteries and benefits not only from weather-sealing and an extended grip for vertical shooting, but also a second shutter release button and an AF joystick identical to the one on the body. There is also a USB port to charge the grip via the camera body.

Unfortunately Sony didn’t develop an official vertical battery grip for the a6500 but there is the option of a third-party grip from Meike called the MK A6500pro. (Check out our a6500 accessory list to find out more!)

10. Video

Although both cameras are capable of 4K recording up to 30fps and 100Mbps, and Full HD up to 120fps, there are a few small differences worth highlighting.

They both record in 4K with full pixel readout using the entire width of the sensor, which means they collect roughly 6K of data that is then sub-sampled to 4K to increase details and sharpness. However the A7 III applies a 1.2x crop when recording at 30fps, which means it collects slightly less data (5K).

You’ll find the picture profiles for video including S-Log2/3 but only the A7 III has HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma).

Finally, on the A7 III, you can record in both full frame and APS-C format.

Bonus: E-mount Lenses

A final point you might want to consider is the lens catalog for each camera.

Although both use the Sony E-mount, the A7 III is primarily intended for use with full-frame (FE) lenses whereas the a6500, being a smaller body, is physically a better match for the more compact range of APS-C (E) lenses.

At the moment, there are more high quality FE lenses than E lenses, not only from Sony itself but also Zeiss and affordable third-party brands such as Sigma and Tamron to name a few. (In fact, Sigma recently announced nine lenses for the FE system, two of which are brand new and seven of which are existing ART lenses.) For this reason, a full-frame Sony camera may turn out to be a better long-term investment than an APS-C camera like the a6500.

Of course, you can use full-frame lenses on the a6500 and the 1.5x crop factor can come in handy with some of them (the 100-400mm gives you the same field of view as a 150-600mm for instance).

Finally, the phase detection AF points of the two cameras allow them to perform well with DSLR lenses via a compatible adapter, although once again the lightweight design of the a6500 isn’t ideal for this purpose.

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Conclusion

In most ways that count, the performance of the Sony A7 III and a6500 is similar, owing mostly to their excellent hybrid AF systems and video capabilities. But given the price difference of around $600, some justification is needed for the additional cost of the full-frame camera.

The first is just that: the fact that it offers a larger sensor, and a brand new one at that. Indeed, it could easily become one of the best on the market if the specifications are any indication.

Second is the A9-inspired AF system and its additional phase detection points, which together provide great results for action-packed genres like sports and wildlife.

Finally there are the smaller details that make the shooting experience more enjoyable, from the larger battery and EVF to the AF joystick and the dual SD card slot.

That said, there is one aspect in the a6500’s favour that can’t be underestimated, and that is compactness, especially if your goal is to move from a heavy camera system to something lighter.

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A7 III / a6500 full comparisons:

A7 III vs A7R III – A7 III vs X-H1 – a6300 vs a6500 – a6500 vs X-T2

A7 III / a6500 accessory articles:

Best A7 III accessories – Best a6500 accessories

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