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bendwire2 Jan 6, 2004 10:06 PM

I need digital camera for intra-oral photos
I am an orthodontist and need a new camera. I use the camera mostly for intraoral photographs of teeth and facial photographs.

I like the Canon rebel with a macro lens and ring flash but the guys I work with say it is too expensive. I have looked at other camera but the only other option seems to be the Fuji S7000. How can I really compare these camera? Both cameras have 6 million pixels but how does the sensor size affect the quality of the pictures?

The Conqueror Jan 7, 2004 8:22 AM

Interesting post.....
Shure I'm not a dentist.....

We went to a dentist and he had a kind of camera like a pen and it was connected to a TV. He was watching the teeths from a 55cm TV screen. A big and clear image.

I think it must be possible to print the images in one way. If they have that technology, I believe they have a device to print it.
If not, you can take the picture from the screen and print.....

For macro shots Nikon is the best. A small 4 mp camera will do what you need....

But if you want a good one Nikon D100 is the best......

gibsonpd3620 Jan 7, 2004 8:34 AM

What is your budget?

bendwire2 Jan 8, 2004 4:49 PM

Re: Interesting Post
The Conqueror,

Thanks for the information. I am aware of the intraoral camera's but for orthodontic work they still are not realy acceptable. I can not get good facial pictures of the patients.

Thanks for your help.

bendwire2 Jan 8, 2004 4:52 PM

Re:What is your budget?

Thanks for tthe information. I have used the Nikon 5000 but have not been happy with it. This time I have set my budget between $2 - 3,000 for the whole set up.

gibsonpd3620 Jan 8, 2004 5:08 PM


You should be looking a DSLR setup. I have not researched DSLR enought to provide you any good advice.

JimC Jan 8, 2004 5:10 PM

There is a solution designed for this purpose from Olympus.

It appears to still be available by special order (which is a surprise, considering how old the camera model is).

It's known as the Olympus Healthcare Solution.

The dental community was one of the targeted markets for this package.

Basically, it's the old Olympus C-2500L with a lot of extras.

Here is the features tab for it at B&H:

It includes the Olympus C-2500L, a SmartMedia reader, a Macro Ring Flash, a Macro Lens, Rechargeable Battery Kit, case, etc.; as well as Patient Photo Management Software (probably the expensive part of the kit).



I used to own a C-2500L, and to be frank, I was not that impressed with the camera. Although, I have no experience with the Macro Flash, Macro Lens, Patient Management Software, etc. My use of it was mainly outdoors (and it had too much CA for my liking). I'll have to admit that color accuracy was absolutely superb for indoor photos, though.

If it were me, and I needed a camera for your purposes, I'd just get the Nikon Coolpix 4500 -- and perhaps the Coollight SL-1 (Macro Ring Light) to go with it. However, the patient management software could be the best part of the Oly package - allowing you to more easily manage your patient photos.

You may want to try contacting Olympus to get more info about the software.

Barry Jan 8, 2004 6:27 PM

There are companies who advertise setups for dentists in our dental magazines. I would think with the budget you have in mind, one of those would work well for you. Am I wrong?

dal81 Jan 8, 2004 11:15 PM

have you checked out i think they had a "package"...was either a nikon or kodak.....

steve Jan 9, 2004 12:37 PM

This outfit has got all kinds of digicam/dental packages:


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