With all the dental camera options on the market, the choice can be overwhelming. This article is intended to give you a broad overview of some of the dental cameras available. We highly suggest that you contact the manufacturers directly and ask any specific questions you may have.
PhotoMed/Canon SX730 – this unit was created for the express purpose of allowing the user to take all standard clinical views with ease. The attached LCD display allows the user to frame the subject with a high degree of precision, thus making the process simpler. The built-in flash and software ensures that the exposure and lighting are properly balanced to provide clear and accurate photos. This newer model also includes a convenient magnetic mounting system for the macro lens and diffuser.
The camera also boasts 20 megapixel resolution, 40x zoom lens, 3” screen, and 1080p HD quality video. The package also comes with an 8 GB memory card, macro lens, lighting attachment, memory card reader (which will allow you to transfer images quickly to your computer), and sturdy carrying case.
The unit comes assembled and ready to go once you remove it from the case. The company also offers unlimited technical support via phone or email and loan equipment support if repairs are ever needed (within the Continental U.S.).
Lester A. Dine/Nikon D5500 90 mm Kit – this unit is a 24.2 megapixel SLR camera that offers great advantages to the dental photographer. Among its features, it offers full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps and built-in WiFi. This unit works well with Dine’s TTL Ring and Point Flash and the Tamron 90 mm macro lens with dental standardization guide.
In addition, the unit delivers live video during photography, which allows better accuracy. Dine also offers lifetime telephone support from their dental photography experts.
Mouthwatch Intraoral Camera – on the more affordable end of the spectrum, Mouthwatch’s intraoral camera provides a more compact camera solution packed with useful features. It delivers sharp, quality images of the interior of the entire mouth and comes with unrestricted software to aid users. However, it also integrates well with existing image capture systems such as Dexis and Schick. The compact ergonomic design allows the user to easily maneuver the unit and the six integrated LEDs provide more than enough lighting to help the user guide the unit. The unit comes with a 1-year warranty and support from the company.
Shofu EyeSpecial C-III Camera – this unit can be used for dental/orthodontic photography, case presentation, and in the laboratory. It offers 12 megapixels, simplified controls, and a stylish design with a sizeable LCD touchscreen, allowing users to select options even using a gloved hand. Its convenient wireless function enables the user to transfer images directly to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Other features include auto-focusing abilities with an anti-shake mode. There are 8 shooting modes which allow for quicker and sharper photos. The unit is water/chemical resistant, thus helping to keep the office environment clean and free from infection. Grid lines on the LCD display allow for easy framing and cropping and the unit also comes equipped with a high quality 49 mm close-up lens.
Dr. Quicklook Chairside PDA Tablet with Intraoral Camera – this unit is a self-contained system that comes with all necessary accessories and provides sharp intraoral images. The unit comes equipped with a PDA with an electronic touchscreen, which allows the user to easily log and track patient files and information. The integrated camera allows the user to take high quality extraoral images and the included software enables draw functionality to mark treatment areas.
Images can be transferred to any practice software via the included thumb drive or WiFi. The unit also comes loaded with consent forms that the patients can sign directly on the device, thus streamlining the authorization process. The PDA itself weights only 1.37 lbs. and has a 10.8” HD display. The battery life is up to 10 hours, which should last the average workday. In terms of storage, the unit comes in 64 GB and 128 GB options, with 4 GB of RAM. The processor is a powerful 1.66 GHz quad-core Intel Atom. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera has autofocus and is paired with a microphone and stereo speakers with Dolby audio.
Lensiora Intraoral Camera – accompanying its intraoral camera, this company also offers propriety software that integrates with existing programs such as Adstra Imaging, CADI Imaging, and CaptureLink, just to name a few.
The camera itself is compact and only weighs 2 ounces. In addition, it has the latest hi-def CMOS sensor and allows magnification up to 400%. Six LED lights provide more than enough illumination for clear images. The camera has 2 megapixel resolution and supports voice command (though a USB microphone is required). As mentioned, there is no need for additional imaging software, though it is compatible with most existing imaging software.
DEXcam 4 HD Intra-oral Video Camera – Dexis produces this intraoral camera and states its will help in early detection and accurate representation of dental conditions. The unit comes equipped with a 1.3-million pixel sensor to deliver high quality images. The USB allows for easy portability and plug-n-play. Capture buttons are located on both sides of the unit so it is convenient for both left and right-handed users.
The high-definition images captured by the unit allow users to zoom in without losing much detail. Additionally, the unit assists in the creation and storage of each patient’s oral health history, which of course is crucial for documentation submitted to insurance providers.
Sunicam HD – Suni manufacturers this compact intraoral digital camera which combines high definition image quality, convenient imaging tools, and a sleek design. It is intended to increase workflow efficiency and allows the user to easily capture sharp images and review them with patients. The unit offers 720p resolution with auto-focus and adjustable LEDs to reduce light reflection. In terms of design, the unit only weighs 55 grams and is approximately 8-inches long. The design allows for convenient image capture without the necessity of additional devices such as a foot pedal. In terms of integration with software, the unit works well with the Prof. Suni Imaging software and with most other dental imaging software currently on the market.
Polaroid Wireless Intraoral Camera – Polaroid’s unit offers many features, including angle rotation, removable head, caries detection, and four color modes: mouse mode, menu mode, LED intensity mode, and grey scale mode. The unit will integrate with most imaging and practice management software (with imaging module). The unit has a 1.3 megapixel camera with CMO/liquid lens. Weighing in at 1405 grams, it is a little heavier than most, but that includes the head attachment. And, of course, the WiFi capability of the unit is a major plus in terms of convenience. The company also offers training and one-year unlimited telephone support and customer service.
Ashtel Dental Einstein Lumica – this wireless intraoral camera is easy to use and good for daily use. The WiFi ability of the unit makes it easy to set up and use immediately. Additionally, it offers a quick and efficient “information consent” whenever necessary and helps save time with camera setup when switching rooms. Unlike hard-wire connections, the wireless design allows easy maneuvering for various angles. The auto-focus function combined with the 1.36 megapixel also simplifies the image capture process.
Another innovative feature is that the unit has a battery that is replaceable by the user. Additionally, a convenient battery level indicator appears on screen for easy tracking. The unit also boasts a brighter LED that is more intense than LED lights contained in other Einstein units. The unit can also store 64 images in its on board memory, which is convenient for instant review.