What Settings Do You Need? When dentists first pick up a DSLR for dental photography, they are often intimidated by the camera and terminology, as they can be a bit confusing, and they worry that they will really have to understand photographic fundamentals to take good pictures. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, and with a few settings, the big, fancy-looking camera essentially becomes a big point-and-shoot camera that’s easy to use.
Selecting intraoral cameras If your goal is to increase your case acceptance, and therefore profitability, showing patients really big pictures of their teeth beats showing patients unbelievably quick radiographs of those same teeth.
Now to the real question: Which camera/flash/lens combination should I buy? I’ll start off with what I think are simply THE standard lenses and flashes to get, as these won’t change much over time, even though the camera bodies will. For Canon lenses (overall, more dentists use Canon than any other brand in my experience), you want EITHER the:
In today’s environment of patient’s high expectations and increased litigation, especially with regard to cosmetic dentistry, good record-keeping is essential. Clinical photography is a very important tool in general practice in documenting treatment, especially in aesthetic and cosmetic cases.
Digital cameras for microscopic imaging can help dentists get a clearer – and closer – picture of the state of a patient’s teeth. But many of today’s video cameras now capture good, usable still images, and higher-end digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) still cameras can now record video, too. How does a specialist choose between still and video cameras when the line between the two is blurring? And where does the wand-type intraoral camera fit into the mix?
Introduction Purchasing the most expensive camera system will not necessarily help to create better photographs. The user, with proper training, is the determining factor that can make a very expensive or an inexpensive camera perform well.
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