Digital Cameras Buying guide: which digital camera is the best for me?
The first question you have to ask yourself is: what do I want to use my digital photographic equipment for? Without recommending any particular make or model, one has to
distinguish between compact or point & shoot cameras and digital SLR cameras. Some cameras fall in between these two categories, however, and are called “prosumer” cameras
and sometimes represent a compromise between the two other types of digital camera.
All of the mentioned digital camera types today come with sufficient resolution. Most
compact cameras usually come with at least five megapixel, so that’s not the issue. The main difference are the additional features that a digital SLR camera can offer, the bigger
sensor, faster processing speeds, the lens, its size and, of course, the price.
In essence, if you are looking for a simple, easy to use solution and you don’t need many
of the additional features a digital SLR camera offers, a good compact camera is right for you. For treatment documentation, patient communication, and even case presentations a
compact camera is absolutely sufficient.
A digital SLR camera is the right choice if you want to achieve best possible image quality.
For example, this camera type usually will allow you to adjust the white balance manually and work with RAW (uncompressed) image files. In addition, you will gain more flexibility
for macro shots as a digital SLR camera allows you to work with specially designed macro lenses. If you want to provide your dental lab with best color images, for example, you should not shy away from the investment in digital SLR equipment.
top How many pictures can I take with my camera?
That depends mainly on two parameters: the memory card you are using and which file size you chose. The pictures files size itself depends also on the shooting mode, ISO speed settings, image composition etc.
Here a rough guide for standard JPEG format:
Do the doctorseyes Ring Lights fit on my digital camera?
Our Ring Lights fit on virtually all available digital cameras, also older or discontinued models
. We need to find out what lens thread the camera has and we then can provide you with the right adapter ring or adapter tube. Please check also our “camera compatibility list” to see which Ring Light would fit your digital camera.
Can I print my pictures in my practice?
Sure you can. Most digital cameras allow you to connect the camera directly to a printer. With the menu on the camera you can select images and print them without having to go
through a computer. Just make sure the printer is compatible with the printing program of the camera. For example, many digital cameras use PictBridge technology (i.e. Canon or
Sony). Desk photo printers today are quite compact and affordable (starting at $100) and they fit in every practice.
What is the Light System for me –
the doctorseyes Compact or Professional System? The Compact System is for the dental professional who is looking for an easy to use, easy to implement, and economic solution. The Compact System is smaller and lighter as it is
designed for compact or point & shoot camera offering good handling. If you are intending to take pictures for patient documentation, to capture before & after records the Compact
System is the right one for you. The 52 Ring Light is ideal for extra-oral and good quality intra-oral shots as it generates enough light for sufficient depth of focus.
The Professional System is for the more sophisticated user. It comes with a bigger Ring Light (72 or 86) and the Power & Light Controller offers more flexibility.
Here an overview:
doctorseyes Compact System doctorseyes Ring Light -
52 mm Ring Light with 20 ultrabright LEDs
Professional System -
72 mm Ring Light with 60 ultrabright LEDs /
86 mm Ring Light with 70 ultrabright LEDs
What is included in the doctorseyes Compact/Professional System?
The doctorseyes Systems include unless otherwise specified:
-doctorseyes Ring Light (52 for the Compact and 72 or 86 for the Professional System)
-Power & Light Controller
-Adapter ring or adapter tube to fit the Ring Light to the camera (yours or a camera you purchased through us)
-AC power cord & recharging unit
-Close up lens (+10 or +4 dioptre)
-Ring Light manual
How bright is the doctorseyes Ring Light?
Illuminance or “brightness” is the total luminous flux incident on a surface, per unit area. It is a measure of the perceived intensity of the incident light. The unit it is measured in is lux
(lx) or lumens per square meter. Compared to other ring lights the doctorseyes Ring Light is the brightest on the market.
A higher illuminance allows you to work with smaller apertures, and
therefore, a larger field of depth.
How long does the battery of the doctorseyes Ring Light last?
The rechargeable NiH battery is built into the Power & Light Controller and lasts (depending
on usage, of course) on average three years. If the battery fails to work due to deep discharge or similar , you can send the Power & Light Controller to us and we will replace the NiH battery for you. You only would need to pay a small fee for the battery and for shipping cost - the exchange itself is free of charge.
What guarantee do I get with my doctorseyes Ring Light?
First, we give a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, during which you can return the doctorseyes System to us with full refund. We require, however, that you call us before you send us your System back. The shipping cost would have to be carried by you.
We also grant a one-year warranty during which you will receive a replacement System if the one you bought should malfunction or break. Also in this case please call us before you send in your System for repair.
How heavy is the doctorseyes Compact System/ Professional System?
The Compact System including Ring Light and Power & Light Controller weighs about 6.8 ounces (194g)
The Professional System including Ring Light and Power & Light Controller weights about 16.9 ounces (240g).
Can I buy doctorseyes Ring Light Systems at any store?
No, at this time you can only purchase doctorseyes Ring Light Systems through doctorseyes and our distribution partners. You can purchase our products conveniently
online through our Thawte-secured web shop (256 bit encryption) or call us to place an order: 1 800 971 9917 (8 AM - 5 PM, PST)
Digital dental photography
What resolution should the camera have for digital dental photography?
This depends on what you want to use your dental images for. If you only want to print 4"x6"
(10x15cm) images for patient records even a 3 megapixel camera can be sufficient. For bigger print-outs more flexibility in case you want to crop images we recommend to have at least 5 megapixel.
How can the Wing Lights enhance my imaging capabilities?
With the Wing Lights you achieve two things: more light for increased illumination and side
light for increased plasticity and roomy presentation. Each Winglight is equipped with 30 ultrabright LEDs divided in into six segments that you can activate with the Power & Light
Controller. A set of Wing Lights add roughly 35% to your illuminance.
Other Which imaging software should I use?
For simple image management and storage functions a software such as ACDsee Classic is sufficient. It will allow you to organize all your patient images on your computer in a way
that you will find intuitive. Other filing and cataloging programs include Photoshop® Album, Thumbs Plus and Image Expert. If you want to manipulate the picture, you would need
photo-editing software such as Adobe® Photoshop®, but a more basic version, called Adobe Photoshop Elements is all you need.