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Old 01-03-2006   #1
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Default Canon camera serial numbers

Are serial numbers sequential on canon cameras?

For example, can I assume that a 1DS with a serial number of 102877 was made earlier than a 1DS with a serial number of 110770?

Any insight appreciated. Thanks.


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That would seem like a fairly safe assumption. However, one never knows
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I don't think so. And is your number fairly accurate? In that you put all the "letters" in it? My lowly D60 has 10 digits in its number, and I know the 20D does too, and the 10D did. Hard to believe they went backwards to only 6 digits.

Anyway, it is a different format than the Canon Lens serials, which use a letter for the year, and the month, and a letter to describe the city of manufacture.

Also, to CHECK your serial number, use a JPG image from the camera. Open the image in a program that shows ALL the EXIF data (like Exifer, or others). The Cameras ID is shown in the Maker Notes section. Should match the one on the camera. If it doesn't, you can check the number listed in the software to be sure it isn't in hexidecimal format. Take the number on the camera, and "convert" it in a calculator (use Google by typing in "sn# in Hex" without quotes, and do put the words IN HEX after the number). It should give the umber that is in the software. You may need to swap the bits (last 4 digits I think) to the front, and maybe add a zero at the beginning of the rest.
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Yes, the 1DS serial numbers are only six digits. Maybe they didn't plan on making more than 1 million?
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I could give you my serial number, but since I bought it used, that info is probably useless. However, the number is higher than both of the ones you listed.
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I could give you my serial number, but since I bought it used, that info is probably useless. However, the number is higher than both of the ones you listed.
That's okay. I was really just wondering whether the serial is a guide to when the camera was manufactured.
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That's why I said my info would prove useless. I don't have a clue when mine was purchased initially, much less when it was manufactured
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Also, to CHECK your serial number, use a JPG image from the camera. Open the image in a program that shows ALL the EXIF data (like Exifer, or others). The Cameras ID is shown in the Maker Notes section. Should match the one on the camera. If it doesn't, you can check the number listed in the software to be sure it isn't in hexidecimal format. Take the number on the camera, and "convert" it in a calculator (use Google by typing in "sn# in Hex" without quotes, and do put the words IN HEX after the number). It should give the umber that is in the software. You may need to swap the bits (last 4 digits I think) to the front, and maybe add a zero at the beginning of the rest.
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Default Re: Canon camera serial numbers

Here's an interesting tidbit of info I found on the 1Ds serial number while googling....

One unusual feature is the 1Ds's digital-signature function, which electronically signs images with the camera's serial number at the time of exposure. Any subsequent alteration will void the digital signature and expose the manipulation, which makes the 1Ds useful for forensic photography that may eventually be introduced as evidence in court.
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Default Re: Canon camera serial numbers

Another way to determine build date is to peek down into the battery compartment of the 1Ds with a flashlight, you'll see a letter like OR or something followed by month and day made, like: OR1020 or something like that. I think the O is the factory and the R is the year. If R is 2003 then I have 10/20/2003. I think this is correct. Correct me if I'm wrong!


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