Sometimes, in the daily tasks of folks here at BuzzOptics they spend their hours in the whither and tither of brand new instrumentation– the kind that self-aligns like a robot and produces a lattè all whilst taking a refraction and IOP reading at once. The kind that takes hours of user manual scouring to even power on, and the type that requires days of training to master. Thankfully however, we also have instrumentation that despite fairly new, is not of the wither and tither variety. The TRC-NW8 is not the most capable fundus camera in the world, nor is it the most beautiful nor the most comfortable to operate. It is however something much more simple: an ergonomic, robust, easy-to-use type-of comfort food. There is not self-aligning motors in the optical head that do the work for you- rather a simple auto-focus and auto-capture function- employed with the help of a basic 16 megapixel NIKON DSLR mounted on top. There are actual buttons and a fairly basic LCD display with basic plastic panelling and a basic joystick that all come together to produce a rather basic fundus image sent to a decent software program. And thus perhaps our take on the camera is that it is basic– but after using the camera for some time there is a certain level of attraction that comes with this basicness. Say all you need is an instrument that takes good retinal images and that’s easy-to-use; what more do you need? Topcon realizes the TRC-NW8’s is in fact basic, and thus priced it accordingly. After a few years of age the NW8 has maintained its value well, and at such a great value, it’s a solid choice for most.
OUR TAKE: Undeniably basic, with a simple charm that makes it practical and easy.
True optical red free capability with an actual red free filter. This feature allows for high resolution red-free image acquisition that is clearer than digitally enhanced images from color-only imaging systems. The red free and color image capabilities are selected by pulling out the RF filter.
TRC-NW8 series is Topcon’s multi-functional retinal camera which is focused on “simple operation”. The ability of Auto Focus and Auto Shoot makes the operation of this camera extremely simple and user friendly- still allowing manual override when required.
Topcon has always endeavored to keep flash levels as low as possible, while at the same time ensuring that good exposed images are achieved. The TRC-NW8 is no exception here, but with greater control of the CCD camera, optimum exposure can be achieved each and every time.
Topcon claims its lowest flash intensity yet.
Red-free photography is easily switchable via the filter lever on the side of the instrument.
With these important requirements Topcon did not hesitate in deciding on which manufacturer it would use for its digital camera supplier. Nikon probably has the largest reputation when it comes to digital SLR cameras and is used by most of the worlds press for very good reason. Therefore you have no need to worry that your new TRC-NW8 series will ever be compromised by the digital SLR in terms of quality of images or durability.
Today there is an increasing need for viewing stereo images and with the TRC-NW8 series camera this has been made very simple with the inclusion of a stereo switch. Once pressed the camera controls fixation to allow for two consecutive images to be captured with just the right amount of shift. These stereo pairs can then be viewed easily on Topcon’s IMAGEnet i-base software and allow for easier diagnosis.
IMAGEnet i-base’s cutting edge and comprehensive patient database management system features efficient data viewing, storage, analysis and flexible networking solutions. With its unique utilities, such as Auto Mosaic, stereo functionality, IMAGEnet i-base software streamlines exam analysis and enhances communication with patient.
Simple & easy IMAGEnet i-base software allows you to transfer and save retinal images with intuitive handling. Timer, R/L eye detection, angle and patient data will also be transferred with images.
Most major EHR systems will integrate directly with ImageNet software (included). Some may integrate directly with the TRC-NW8 itself, however we wouldn’t recommend sacrificing the features of ImageNet for direct integration.
The TRC-NW8 has a rather small footprint and will sit comfortably on any single instrument table. The computer laptop (or monitor/tower) however will require further space and we typically recommend using the Buzz Double Top or similar table.