Facial plast Surg 1999; 15(2): 101-109
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1064306

© 1999 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

Thirty-Five Millimeter versus Digital Photography: Comparison of Photographic Quality and Clinical Evaluation

Steve Wall, Ken Kazahaya, Samuel S. Becker, Daniel G. Becker
  • Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Fellow, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Medical Student, University of California, San Francisco, and Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
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02 June 2008 (online)


The objective of this article is to assess the quality of digital images versus standard 35-mm photodocumentation and to undertake a comparative assessment of 35-mm and digital photography in a clinical setting in facial plastic surgery. For evaluation of image quality, 10 subjects had images captured via a conventional 35-mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera and a digital camera under identical lighting conditions. The digital images were transferred to computer hard drive and processed for production of slides. Direct side-by-side comparison of projected images was performed by the authors. The standard photographic slides were of slightly finer detail and crispness than the computer-generated images. In a clinical setting, the quality of both the 35-mm and digital photographs enables complete preoperative evaluation and assessment of postsurgical outcome.