Eosmsg For Mac

Ever wanted to know the shuttercount of your Canon DSLR? I did for my 7D. So I set off on the internet to find a way to do this. This blog post describes the how and what of my “quest”.

Software Magic Lantern (free and open source) With Magic lantern you can find out the count, not only for the the pictures you have taken but also the Live view. Software for M, 100D, 1100D, 1200D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 7D, 6D, 5D II, 5D III. Eosmsg.com is not an app but it is a program that runs on a PC with Windows. It costs about $5.00 USD. I have used it for my 80D. Here is a list of supported Cameras: Mike Sowsun S110, SL1, 80D, 5D Mk III Report Inappropriate Content. Message 2 of 13 (22,265 Views) Reply. 1 Kudo Highlighted. Eosmsg's main file takes about 274.40 KB (280984 bytes) and its name is eosmsg.exe. Eosmsg is comprised of the following executables which occupy 572.94 KB (586688 bytes) on disk: eosmsg.exe (274.40 KB) update.exe (298.54 KB) The current web page applies to eosmsg version 4.2.1 alone. Click on the links below for other eosmsg versions: 1.0; 4.0.0.


Where you cannot get it from

Shutter counts on Canon DSLRs is a little hard to get to. The shutter count is definitely NOT included in the EXIF data that is included in the shots made. It is also unavailable from the 7D’s menu. OF course Canon has a utility that displays the shutter count right? Wrong. No Canon tool I could find retrieves the shutter count. I’m sure they have these tools at service centers, but not publicly available.

In order to get to the shutter count, you need to connect your DSLR via USB to your computer, but then what?
Online programs

One I remembered from a previous quest was www.eoscount.com . This website installs an active-X plugin into your browser that in turn will read the info from the first detected camera connected to your machine. Active-X means Internet Explorer, no other browser can do this. I had a little problem getting this running, but after manually downloading and installing the Active-X component I got everything running on my 64-bit Windows 7.

Where this program used to display the shutter count, it now said “AVAILABLE”. Now what’s that supposed to mean? It means you need to pay (and even that did not work properly on the website):

eoscount.com online tool to read your shuttercount – no longer a free utility 🙁

So the search went on – I do not want to pay every single time I want to view my shutter counts. Next, I stumbled upon this website which is just for Mac users:

Eosmsg For Macular Degeneration

Eosmsg mac os

I did not even bother testing this one, as it is so user unfriendly. I was looking for a simple tool that would do the trick. Finally I found exactly this, at www.eosmsg.com:

Look familiar? I guess the code is the same or almost the same as the one from eoscount.com. But the nice thing: eosmsg.com is free!

Even better, at eosmsg.com they also have a standalone version of the software, so you do not specifically need Internet Explorer. The standalone version looks like this:

Crude but effective – The standalone version of eosmsg.com’s tool to read shuttercounts.

Eosmsg For Macbook

Crude but effective – A simple tool which simply does the trick!
Why isn’t my Canon DSLR supported by these tools?

Unfortunately not all Canon DSLRs are supported. My old EOS 400D will not work using these tools. Why not? I’m guessing because the 400D has a DIGIC II chip. All cameras with a DIGIC III chip or newer appear to be supported.

So how to read the shutter counts of the older DSLRs? Actually I do not know, I’m not even sure these cameras track the number of shutter actuations…
Canon DSLR shutter life expectancy

Canon specifies a number of shutter actuations a DSLR should be expected to be able to perform throughout their lives. This is different for every model. In general, the more high-end the camera is, the more shutter actuation’s it can handle:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D50,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D50,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / 450D100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i / 500D100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i / 550D100,000?
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i / 600D100,000?
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T4i / 650D100,000?
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T5i / 700D100,000?
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 / 1100D100,000?
Canon EOS 20D50,000
Canon EOS 30D100,000
Canon EOS 40D100,000
Canon EOS 50D100,000
Canon EOS 60D100,000
Canon EOS 5D100,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark II150,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark III150,000
Canon EOS 7D 150,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N200,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark III300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV300,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark II200,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III300,000
Canon EOS 1DX400,000
Shutter count life expectancy of various Canon DSLR models. This list is an average, unconfirmed, and ‘?’ entries are guesstimates
Eosmsg for macbook

Remember, these values are average life expectancy of the shutters in various models. Values in this table are used by Canon, the values with a question mark (?) behind them are “guesstimates”; given the line of cameras these values make sense, but they are unconfirmed.