Aims: To describe a portable wide-field noncontact digital camera for posterior segment photography. Methods: The digital camera has a compound lens consisting of two optical elements (a 90-dpt and a 20-dpt lens) attached to a 7.2-megapixel camera. White-light-emitting diodes are used to illuminate the fundus and reduce source reflection. The camera settings are set to candlelight mode, the optic zoom standardized to ×2.4 and the focus is manually set to 3.0 m. Results: The new technique provides quality wide-angle digital images of the retina (60°) in patients with dilated pupils, at a fraction of the cost of established digital fundus photography. Conclusions: The modified digital camera is a useful alternative technique to acquire fundus images and provides a tool for screening posterior segment conditions, including diabetic retinopathy in a variety of clinical settings.