In addition to professionally sourced dermascopes that tend to be expensive are several low end devices that connect wirelessly to a smartphone. What would be the minimum specifications of a device to produce a picture that could then be sent to a dermatologist for analysis? IE: magnification (IE: 1000x vs 200x, etc.?), lighting (number of LEDs?), megapixels (minimum?), what have you?

For example, would the "Basic" low end version (currently $99 at Amazon) be "a joke"? Or would it be adequate for a yes/no analysis for melanoma?

If it is inadequate, at what point do the specs become acceptable to a pro for analysis?


I expect to spend some time in a country largely dependent on telemedecine.

  • If you're going to be in a country without adequate modern health care, have you considered that country's internet services? High resolution photos can be very large, and upload times can be quite long over slow connections.
    – Carey Gregory
    Apr 27, 2019 at 0:20
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    After giving this some thought I realized I probably would get the specs from the telemedicine office. I think I should delete this question
    – Ruminator
    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:58


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