Tools of the trade: iPhone 6

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Photo taken using iPhone 6 microscopeby Dr Peter Lee, Two By Two Veterinary Hospital, Balgowlah, NSW

I like showing my clients what I actually see down the microscope. Even though they might not understand what they’re looking at, it helps give them an appreciation of what I’m doing. An iPhone 6 camera held to the eyepiece of the microscope takes a superb, high-quality photo.

What’s good about it

My clients always find the images interesting and it helps me explain what’s wrong with their pet. Once I take the photo in the lab, I send it to my email address and when I return to the consult room, I can show the client the image on the computer screen.

One of the more dramatic images was a video of a wiggling sarcoptic mite that I was able to show the client. It’s all about helping them appreciate what’s going on and giving them a better understanding of what I’m doing in regard to their pet.

While it’s possible to buy a microscope with an attached camera, this works just as well at a fraction of the cost.

My wife is also a vet and I use the camera on my iPhone 6 to send her images of any unusual cases. The iPhone 6 takes a better quality image than my digital camera.

What’s not so good

When I first started taking photos down the microscope, I spent a fair bit of time trying to get a nice, crisp image on the screen. It just takes a bit of time to get used to it. Now, I can take a photo in a couple of seconds.

Where did you get it

Apple (www.apple.com.au).

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