Dermatoscope overview

Author: Dr Anthony Yung, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, May 2017.

When shopping for a dermatoscope, there are some important things to be aware of before you buy.  

The tables below provide an overview of some of the most popular models of dermatoscopes on the market today. 

Smartphone dermatoscopes

 

CANFIELD VEOS DS3

Dermlite
3Gen-DL1

Dermlite
Hud SSS 

Fotofinder Handyscope 

Heine 
iC1

Photo

 canfield veos ds3  dermlite dl1 dermlite hud  fotofinder handyscope2   heine ici2

Smartphone
accessories/ compatibility

 iPod Touch   iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung + Almost any smartphone <5.5" width    Iphone 6, 6s, iPod Touch  IPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6s 

Charger

 USB
rechargeable
USB
rechargeable 
USB
rechargeable  
USB
rechargeable 
USB
rechargeable 

Battery time

 3.5 hours 1 hour   0.5 hour   8 hours   3.5 hours 

Polarisation

 Polarised +
unpolarised 
 Polarised +
unpolarised
 Polarised Polarised +
unpolarised
Polarised +
unpolarised

Contact/
non-contact

 Contact +
non-contact 
Contact +
non-contact  
 
 Contact only Contact +
non-contact 
Contact only 

Magnification

10x   10x   10x

20x  

12x - 40x 

Cost

 expensive cheap   cheap  expensive  cheap expensive2

Smartphone dermatoscopes continued

                          

FirstCheck SkinScope

MoleScope I (basic)

MoleScope II

 

Photo

firstcheck skinscope 5

molescope 1 image

molescope 2 image

Compatibility

 All smartphones

All iPhones 5-7, iPod Touch 5,6, All iPod Minis, iPod Air, iPod Pro, Most Android Smartphones and Tablets

Wide range of phones and tablets 

Charger

 

N/A  USB rechargeable battery +user-replaceable batteries USB rechargeable 

Battery time

N/A  N/A  6 hours

Polarisation

Unpolarised   Unpolarised Polarised

Contact/ Non contact

 Contact only  Contact only Contact + non-contact

Magnification

 20X 10X  (50X-60X depending on the smartphone used)   10X (50X-60X depending on the smartphone used) 

Cost

cheap cheap

cheap

Softwares and mobile apps for dermatoscopes

Firstcheck is a software for medical professionals, which includes a web portal and iOS, Android apps. There's a free app called "Firstcheck" for patients.

DermEngine is a software for medical professionals, which includes a web portal,and iOS, Android, Mac and Apple TV apps. There's a free app and web portal called "MoleScope" for patients.

Conventional dermatoscopes

 

3Gen DermLite DL100

3Gen DermLite
Carbon

3Gen DermLite DL4

Heine
Delta 20T

Heine
Mini3000

Opticlar VISIONMED
D-scope 

Photo

dermlite dl100  dermlite carbon  dermlite dl4  hein delta 20t3   heine mini 3000 visionmed opticolar 


Compatability

No  No

iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung +

Canon, Olympus, Nikon, SLR cameras No 

SLR + Smartphone adaptor 

Charger

Disposable Type 2CR5

Disposable Type 2CR5 

USB/cradle
rechargeable 

USB recharg.+
replaceable

AA batteries
+
rechargeable 
USB
rechargeable 

Battery Time

8 hours 

8 hours  2 hours  10 hours 10 hours   8 hours

Polarisation

Polarised  Polarised +
linear-pol
Polarised +
unpolarised
Polarised +
unpolarised
Unpolarised  Polarised +
unpolarised 

Contact/
Non-contact

Non-contact  Contact +
non-contact
Contact +
non-contact  
Contact only  Contact only  Contact +
non-contact 

Magnification

10x 10x 10x  10x - 16x  10x 10x 

Cost

 cheap  cheap expensive2  expensive expensive   cheap expensive2 expensive 

Conventional dermatoscopes (continued)

 

3Gen DermLite DL200 HR

3Gen DermLite
DL3

VisioMed
MicroDERM Luminis

Heine
NC1

CANFIELD VEOS HD1

CANFIELD VEOS HD2 

Photo

DL200HR 1 1024x1024  dermlite dl3  visionmed luminus  heine nc1  veos hd1  veos hd2 

Compatibility

iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung + more

iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung + more

No

No  iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s 

iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s 

Charger

USB
rechargeable

USB/cradle
rechargeable

Rechargable battery

AA batteries
+
rechargeable

USB
rechargeable 
USB
rechargeable 

Battery Time

2 hours

2 hours  1.2 hours 3.5 hours 3.5 hours   3.5 hours

Polarisation

Polarised  Polarised +
linear-pol
Polarised Polarised +
unpolarised
Polarised   Polarised +
unpolarised

Contact/
Non-contact

Contact +
non-contact 
Contact +
non-contact
Contact +
non-contact  
Contact +
non-contact 
Contact +
non-contact  
Contact +
non-contact 

Magnification

10x 10x 10 - 15x  6 - 9x  10x 10x 

Cost

 expensive  expensive  expensive expensive   expensive expensive 

 

Conventional dermatoscopes (continued)

 

3Gen DermLite DL200 Hybrid

Illuco IDS - 1100

Photo

DL200Hybrid 1 large  Dermatoscope illuco IDS 67 2

Compatibility

iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung + more

iPhone 5-latest, Samsung Galaxy S6+Edge, S7+Edge, S8, S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4/5/7 

Charger

USB
rechargeable

USB rechargeable

Battery Time

2 hours

  2 hours

Polarisation

Polarised +
unpolarised
Polarised + unpolarised 

Contact/
Non-contact

Contact +
non-contact 
 Contact + non-contact 

Magnification

10x 10X 

Cost

 expensive cheap expensive2

Further notes – dermatoscope specifications

Smartphone dermatoscopes

Canfield Veos DS3

Similar in concept to the Fotofinder Handyscope and Heine iC1, however differs in that the dermatoscope is embedded to an iPod Touch. Also differs in having unique swiveling swing away lens design allowing easy macro and dermatoscopic image acquisition. Contact and non-contact dermatoscopy via removable fixed distance cone/ spacer with or without glass plate, lighting modes switchable via Veos app, Veos App (acquire, manage, share by email images), can tag lesions directly to Dermagraphix® body map wirelessly with Mirror ® medical image/ patient data management software on computer.

3Gen DermLite® DL1

Smallest dermatoscope from 3Gen for use via adaptor (bought separately) with a iPhone (4/4s upwards), iPad (iPad 2-4, Air 1 & 2, Mini 1 & 2, Pro), iPod Touch 6 and Samsung Galaxy (S3 upwards) smartphones, 4 white LEDs, has 15mm lens, 10x magnification, spacer and glass faceplate for contact dermatoscopy, cross polarised and non-polarised viewing, has microUSB charge port to charge rechargeable battery (enough power 60 lesions viewed for 60 sec each per charge, indicator blinks when charge <25%). Compatible with Dermlite® iOS app (developed by FotoFinder).

DermLite HÜD Smart Skin Scanner

Attachment for attaching to iPhone 6 and other smartphones via slide-on universal adapter (connects to almost any smartphone with screen 4-5.5 inches), polarised, contact dermoscopy, 10x magnification, USB rechargeable, battery life 30 1 min examinations, works with Dermlite, First Derm and in future the cloud-based Derm Lite  X app.

Fotofinder Handyscope®

The original ‘smart’ connected dermatoscope for iPhone and iPod Touch. Consists of slide-in case to fit iPhone or iPod Touch exactly. Contact and non-contact viewing possible via removable faceplate (need to replace to get cross polarisation) up to 20x optical magnification, TwinLight LED system – 6 polarised and 6 white non polarised LEDs (switchable via a single button), integrated 2400mAh battery pack, rechargeable via USB cable, can charge while examining, battery indicator glows yellow when charge below 25%. Comes with Handyscope App (password protected) to capture, manage and store (encrypted) and share (email SSL for secure transfer) images using iPhone connectivity features. Can be uploaded to personal webspace in the Fotofinder Hub for long term storage or for getting second opinions online from renowned dermatoscopists.

Heine® iC1

Connected dermatoscope – similar to Fotofinder Handyscope. Dermatoscope up to 40x magnification and up to 12x magnification with iPhone 6s, contact dermatoscopy - contact plate is removable for cleaning, can toggle between polarised and non-polarised light, for smartphone use - potential future compatibility with exchangeable mobile phone cases (currently iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, iPod Touch 6)

FirstCheck SkinScope

20x magnification, non polarised, contact only dermoscopy. Consists of a plastic lens with clear barrel, attaches to any smartphone with adhesive strip at base of the lens, no built in light source – relies on ambient light. Designed to be used by patients in combination with the FirstCheck smartphone application. Available as device only, or as bundle of the device plus various packages priced according to number of consultations purchased.

MoleScope®

10x magnification, contact dermatoscopy clip on attachment for iPhone 5 to 7+ , iPod Touch 5& 6 , iPad Mini 1 - 4 , iPad Air 1 & 2 , and iPad Pro 9.7"  and 12.9". Also available for Android smartphones and tablets upon request. Image resolution – same as attached device. Mole image management software ‘optimises’ image for viewing. For imaging, archiving and communication. Online consultations are available in some regions only. Two versions:

  1. ‘Pro’ version (healthcare professional) version comes with 1 year subscription to DermEngine®  software suite with pro version (Molescope®, mole image management software, 3D body map, web application, remote patient monitoring, patient data management, cloud-based DermEngine®  cloud-based 1 years subscription free, supported by iOS and Android apps).
  2. ‘Basic’ (home user) version comes with MoleScope® device, mole image management app, 3D body map app, scheduling and reminders, educational self-check guide, iOS and Android Apps compatible.

Illuco IDS-1100

Good Ergonomics and modern shape. Bright LED illumination lights with 3levels' brightness control, Polarised light illumination, 10X magnification and 25mm wide field of view (Aperture), smartphone connection kit, easy maintain and hygeine, automatic shutdown, high-quality and affordable, has an easy detachable protect glass for the lesions that shouldn't be touched.

Conventional dermatoscopes

Canfield Veos HD1 and HD2

Similar devices differing only in Veos HD1 (polarised light) and Veos HD2 (polarised and non-polarised light). 10x optical magnification, contact and non-contact dermatoscopy via removable magnetic glass faceplate, built in Li ion battery – up to 3 hrs continuous operation, charging via USB cable (3.5hrs to full charge). Optional sleeve kit for connection to iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, Veos App (acquire, manage, share by email images), Can tag lesions directly to Dermagraphix® body map wirelessly with Mirror ® medical image/ patient data management software on computer. Canfield Veos HD1 & HD2 have an optional kit to connect to Nikon 1 system cameras.

3Gen DermLite® Carbon

Similar size and form factor to DL100 – 15mm lens, 10x magnification, non-contact dermatoscopy, uses disposable 2CR5 lithium batteries (approx. 8 hours continuous or 1200 30sec viewings). Differs in having switchable polarised and non-polarised viewing possible (8 white linear polarised LEDs, 8 non-polarised), comes with silicone sleeve and a lanyard. Not compatible with smartphones, tablets or cameras.

3Gen DermLite® DL100

Entry level dermatoscope 15mm lens, 10x magnification, non-contact dermatoscopy, polarised only permanent cross polarised viewing (8 polarised white LEDs), uses disposable lithium 2CR5 batteries (approx. 8 hours continuous or 1200 30sec viewings) , compact 99g weight and size. Comes with no accessories. Not compatible with smartphones, tablets or cameras

3Gen DermLite® DL2

Four versions:

  1. DL2 Pro (switchable non-polarised and polarised light viewing, 2 groups of 16 polarised white LEDs)
  2. DL2 Pro HR (permanent polarised light viewing, 32 white cross polarised LEDs – switchable 16 or 32 LEDs
  3. DL2 Hybrid M (switchable cross polarised and non-polarised viewing, 24 polarised and 8 non-polarised white LED’s)
  4. DL2 multi-spectral (4 groups of 8 LEDs – white, blue, orange, red), permanent cross polarisation)

Common features are small form factor fits in palm of hand, 25mm optic, 10x magnification, contact or non-contact dermatoscopy via retractable faceplate/spacer, rechargeable via miniUSB port, approx. 2 hour continuous operation per charge, camera and smartphone compatible via the 10mm built-in threaded connection for cameras (requires stepping rings to connect to compatible camera lens) or via connection kits which use the Dermlite MagnetiConnect® system  to for iPhone (4/4s upwards) , iPad (iPad 3, Air 1 & 2, Mini 1 and upwards, Pro)  and Samsung Galaxy (S3 upwards ) smartphones.  Compatible with Compatible with Dermlite® iOS app (developed by FotoFinder) when connected to Apple devices. Comes with belt holster and protective silicone sleeve, battery charger.

3Gen Dermlite® DL3

Two versions:

  1. DL3N (18 white LEDs (12 polarised, 6 non-polarised) and 10 orange polarised LEDs for selectable PigmentBoost Plus® mode viewing which enhances pigment structures)
  2. DL3 (no PigmentBoost Plus® mode, 21 white LEDs, 7 non- polarised white LEDs)

Common features: 25mm lens, 10x magnification, retractable spacer, faceplate, faceplate is removable, compatible with cameras, various connection kits which use the Dermlite MagnetiConnect® system with iPhone (4/4s upwards), iPad (iPad 3, Air 1 & 2, Mini 1 and upwards, Pro) and Samsung Galaxy (S3 upwards ) smartphones. Compatible with Compatible with Dermlite® iOS app (developed by FotoFinder) when connected to Apple devices. Battery charge indicator (green “3” = full charge, orange “3” = <25% charge remaining, approximately 2 hours continuous operation per charge or 600 30sec examinations). Comes with leather pouch, eye piece, desktop charger.

3Gen DermLite® DL4

3Gen’s top, newest, highest specification dermatoscope. Two versions:

  1. DL4 (with PigmentBoost Plus® mode, 18 white LEDs (12 polarised and 6 non-polarised) plus 6 orange polarised LEDs to enhance pigment structures in PigmentBoost Plus® mode viewing mode)
  2. DL4W (no PigmentBoost Plus® Mode 24 white polarised LEDs – 18 polarised, 6 non-polarised).

Common features: switchable polarised, non-polarised light viewing, 10 x magnification, contact or non-contact dermatoscopy via retractable faceplate/spacer, has IceCap® disposable covers for the faceplate to minimise risk of cross infection from contact with dermatoscope, faceplate is magnetically attached to the retractable spacer, battery level on top of device (1-4 illuminated dots representing degrees of charge of batter from low to fully charged), rechargeable via microUSB port, approx. 2hours continuous operation per charge or 240 30 sec examinations, compatible via Dermlite MagnetiConnect® system to connect to iPhone, Galaxy and iPad via the 10mm magnetic reticle which allows attachment of optional Dermlite®  Connection Kit (kits include the Dermlite MagnetiConnect® system for iPhone (4/4s upwards), iPad (iPad 3, Air 1 & 2, Mini 1 and upwards, Pro)  and Samsung Galaxy (S3 upwards ) smartphones).  Compatible with Compatible with Dermlite® iOS app (developed by FotoFinder) when connected to Apple devices. Comes with USB cable, belt holster/ pouch, protective silicone sleeve, lens cloth and 5 IceCaps®.  

Heine® Delta 20T

Same design as Heine Beta ophthalmoscope and otoscope devices with battery/handle and removable interchangeable heads for different applications (handles interchangeable across the Beta range of devices), 10x and 16x magnification. High quality LED illumination for optimal colour rendition (colour temperature 5000K), homogeneity and light intensity, contact dermatoscopy, polarised and non-polarised switching via a toggle (no need to change contacts or press a button), optional contact face plate for small lesions, SLR camera photo adaptor kits available for Canon, Nikon, Olympus. Many battery/ handle configurations (eg BETA®(2x C/ LR 14 batteries) or Beta® large handle (2x D/LR20 batteries), Beta® NT (available with NiMH or Li-Ion battery), Beta® 4 NT ( Li-ion “L” battery),  Beta® L battery hand (Li-ion L battery), Beta® R handle (NiMH or Li-ion rechargeable), Beta® TR (NiMH or Li-ion rechargeable via plug-in wall transformer power supply), Beta® 4 USB handle (Li-ion ‘L” battery, USB chargeable via microUSB port, possibly compatible with Beta®Slim or mini 3000 handles, Li-ion battery versions have more battery life compared to other battery types, all handles have battery life indicator which illuminates for 10 sec when turned on  orange/green/ green = 66-100%, orange/green = 33-66%, orange 10-33%, orange flashing = <10%, desktop chargers available for rechargeable handle types). Li -ion handles (2300mAh) more battery capacity than NiMH battery handles (1000mAh). All kits come with 23mm contact plate, 10ml dermatoscopy oil, dermatoscopy compendium and hard case. Optional small 8mm contact plate for small lesions.

Heine® Mini3000

10x magnification dermatoscope, contact dermatoscopy only, one white LED, colour temperature 4000K, battery indicator, up to 10 hr on time,  uses mini3000 battery or rechargeable handle (750mAh). Optional small 8mm contact plate for small lesions.

Heine® NC1

Not strictly a dermatoscope. Hand-held non-contact examination 6x magnification magnifier. Polarised white light, has optional 9x magnification contact plate (attached magnetically) available for dermatoscopy, comes with either mini3000 battery handle or mini3000 rechargeable handle.

Opticlar VisionMed D-Scope

Very similar design to Heine® Delta 20T dermatoscope. 10x magnification, 4 white LEDs, switchable from initial view polarisation (non-contact) to contact dermatoscopy via moving the rotating contact “XY plate”, if solely non-contact viewing required, can exchange the “XY plate” for the non-contact plate, optional disposable contact plate holders available to minimise cross infection risk available, optional adaptors to fit/ attach iPhone 4, 5, 6, 6+, Sony Cybershot compact digital camera, Canon and Nikon DSLR. Available with C cell battery handle (approx. 6 hrs continuous use), USB chargeable handle (approx. 20hrs continuous use), desktop charging cradle, ‘E lithium’ handle Lithium ion rechargeable handle (twist to adjust brightness, approx. 10hrs continuous use).

VisioMed microDERM Luminis

Large dermatoscope, user selectable between white light and controlled colour temperature toemphasises blood vessels or pigment, microprocessor controlled constant standardised lighting (bright, adjustable light levels/modes via soft buttons), 10x – 15x magnification with selectable by rotating the eye piece (also corrects for visual acuity), eyepiece is the largest of any available dermatoscopes (very comfortable viewing) – designed to have a clear view of the lesion when viewed at 20cm from the back element of the optic, optics have minimal edge distortion, contact or non-contact dermatoscopy  and polarised or non-polarised dermatoscopy via magnetic front ‘cones’ attachments with or without glass face plates (with or without scaled glass or with cross polarised filter), 58mm SLR camera adaptor, optional magnetic front attachment cone with no faceplate aperture to allow side access with small instruments. Chargeable only via desktop cradle (no USB charging possible), user replaceable battery. Approx. 70min continuous illumination.

3Gen DermLite DL200 Hybrid

Same as DL200 HR but additionally has ability to toggle between polarised and non-polarised light (has 21 LEDs - 15 polarised, 6 non polarised). Specification otherwise identical to DL200 HR

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