As far as traditional fundus cameras go, it’s safe to assume the AFC-330 is one of the most advanced systems you can buy to date. Our team sees lots of fundus imaging units– some completely automated and some with terrific field of views and resolutions and so forth, but the combined capabilities of the AFC-330 make it quite the spectacle– even for sore eyes like ours. Before we even jump in to its imaging capabilities, can we just take a moment to appreciate the stunning 8.4″ touch-screen? The LCD looks fantastic (adjustable at multiple operator angles), and its graphics and touch-interface work exactly like you’d hope. The unit in general, (besides weighing more than a mountain) looks sleek and hides it’s massive lenses quite well. Regardless, the AFC is beautiful, and its looks are actually the least interesting thing about it. Containing a new ultra-quick microprocessor, the 330’s software offers complete automation for the whole trifecta- Auto-Tracking, Auto-Focus and Auto-Capture. This means that the optimal photo can be acquired without any manipulation from the operator whatsoever. Within just one second of alignment, the unit’s software makes dozens of calculations, properly aligning both the X, Y, and Z axis all without intervention. The unit will also automatically combine photos for panoramic views and Autostereo viewing. The AFC-330 is furthermore the first NIDEK fundus camera to integrate directly with most EMR providers, and despite coming with NAVIS software, will integrate directly via LAN port.
OUR TAKE: Self-contained, high-resoltuion, completely automated, EHR integrated, touch screen LCD, what more do you want?
#1. Autonomous Perfection
The AFC-330’s automated functions breaks new ground in fundus imaging technology with focus on capturing the perfect picture every time, regardless of operator experience or skill level. With the 330’s microprocessor making dozens of calculations every second, operators merely get close, and the unit does the rest. These calculations support both X, Y, and Z axis’, for optimal 3D alignment and focus. Although other cameras may perform automated capture, none do it as quickly and as seamlessly as the AFC-330.
#2. 12mpx CCD Camera Delivers
We’ve talked in depth about CCD camera chips versus traditional DSLR camera-backs on other fundus camera reviews– mainly noting resolution image quality variations between the two. Although we generally lose some image detail without a DSLR, the AFC-330’s internal CCD camera and sensor deliver a quality photo that compares well with its prior AFC-210 model that utilizes a Canon DSLR back. Microprocessor parts have become quite advanced in recent years that despite only having 12 megapixels, produce stunning image resolution– something we consider amazing given the CCD chip is no larger than your finger nail. To give you some perspective, most consumer-based digital cameras (such as GoPros) utilize a CCD proving no more than 5 megapixels. It makes sense to us however why NIDEK escapes the DSLR on its latest camera; CCD sensors adjust aperture far better than a DSRL designed to take non-fundus imaging, and provide user software that makes calculations for the operator.
#3. 8.4" LCD Touch Screen
We mentioned right off the bat the 330’s large LCD touch-screen, and quite honestly it may be our favorite thing about the unit. Not only does it make the unit look futuristic, it serves a purpose that other models just haven’t grasped. When taking a photo, you want to see what’s happening on the other side of the lens, and the 8.4 inch screen allows you to do just that. Despite its near autonomous control, it’s damn rewarding to view the pictures you just took. The graphics on the user interface are also impressive, featuring easy to understand large icons directly on the live view finder screen.
#4. Seamless EHR Integration
It’s always seemed a bit excessive to send images from your fundus camera to an external computer that contains viewing software, and then send it once again to your EHR. After all, isn’t the fundus camera a computer to start with? Well finally, the AFC-330 now allows you to bypass viewing software with direct and seamless integration with most major EHR companies. The unit will also connect locally via LAN cable, however you can always utilize the USB port for EHR connection, or for connection with the included laptop running NIDEK’s NAVIS software.
Yes, we were able to capture decent images in fully-lit rooms, however its best to at least lower the pre-test room lights.
3.3mm in diameter.
You can and we would even recommend it. The AFC-330 will integrate directly via USB with most EHR providers, and can even connect to network locally using LAN connection.
45° is the maximum field of view for a single image. Of course auto panoramic capture will change that.