Aesthetic, clear visual aids are now the norm in treatment planning. This is why dental photography is so important. As with any skill, your success is elevated not just by your technique, but by the quality of your tools. Purchasing a camera for dental photography is an important decision to make. It’s important to understand what you need.
Choosing the best camera that serves all of your needs will help you on the way to excellent images capable of communicating your case goals and showing off incredible results.
Why DSLR is Ideal for Dental Photography
Gone are the days when high quality images were the result of complicated, expensive cameras that only a professional photographer could wield. Now, basic point and shoot cameras have many useful features.
Even the camera on your smartphone is capable of capturing better quality images than most cameras used to. But there are features on a DSLR camera such as controlling the aperture and adjusting the ISO that you can’t get in a small point and shoot or iPhone. DSLR cameras have a bigger sensor, which improves the image quality overall. They also have greater sensitivity to light and much faster shutter and focus speeds. The key difference is the amount of control you can wield with a DSLR.
Choosing the Best Camera For You
A DSLR is flexible, and once you learn to use all the settings, you can get shots you simply can’t replicate with a simpler point and shoot. My preferred cameras are the Canon 70D and Canon 5D Mark II, but in fact your best camera for dental photography is the one that fits into your ideal price point and has all the features you favor.
We review DSLR settings thoroughly in the Dental Photography workshop offered by Clinical Mastery Series, which I highly recommend. Becoming a great dental photographer is about gaining hands-on experience. This day-and-a-half long workshop gives you just that.