What Is the Best Camera for Dental Photography?

One big question I hear from fellow dentists all the time is, “What camera should I get for my dental practice?”

In this article I’ll cover three different categories of cameras and give you some tips on choosing the right one for your practice. These three categories are the ever-popular intraoral camera, point-and-shoot cameras, and DSLR cameras. Keep reading for a break-down on each and some tips on what might be right for you. If you are in a hurry, skip to the “My Verdict” bullet for each category.

Intraoral Cameras

These are great in that you can capture images very quickly and display them for your patient almost immediately. The down side is you can typically only get an image of a very small area; if you don’t keep track of and label all the images, they can be so small that when you go back to them at a later date you may not be sure where to look in the image. Additionally, the image quality can certainly be OK, but it is typically not stellar to say the least.

My Verdict: Intraoral cameras are great for quick “on-the-fly” dental images and I love mine. However, if I could have only one camera, it would not be one of these unless I just could not afford something from one of the other categories.

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