I bought 2 other brands of dermatoscopes and found the Dermlite 4 was the best so far. It has the highest degree of polarization I know of, with plastic ice caps to prevent spread of infection, and has a pigment boost. It also has the ability to toggle between polarized and nonpolarized modes, the largest viewing field I know of, attaches to my Samsung phone and certain iPhones.
I was finally successful in having a podiatric pathology report sent back to me with a copy of the dermatoscopic image taken from my Dermlite 4. This sets a new standard in podiatric pathology reporting which I believe is the future gold standard. Now that I have it, I don’t know what I would do without my Dermlite 4 dermatoscope.
Once one decides on a dermatoscope, this can be a lifetime investment. Only after deciding what features one wants in terms of degree of polarization, etc…. then I believe it is best to shop around for the best price. I am guessing if one attends a convention where dermoscopy is taught there just might be discounts available.