At the end of February, Canon announced the new EOS 30D which will replace the popular 20D. The photos above show the main difference between the 30D and the 20D - a new larger LCD screen on the back of the camera. Canon has increased the screen size from 1.8" to 2.5" and the screen resolution from 118,000 pixels to 230, 000 pixels.

Very little has changed. The two camera share the same 8.2 megapixel CMOS capture chip along with the same DIGIC II processor and associated electronics. The dimensions and weight are almost identical - the 30D is 2mm thicker and .5 ounces heavier.

The main upgrades are internal and have no real effect on dental photography. Canon has added more printing control to the 30D when it is used with Canon's newer professional printers. Subtle color adjustments
are now possible when printing through the camera and there is a print button on the back of the camera.

Canon is due to begin shipments of the 30D towards the end of March. The 30D will assume the 20D's price and the 20D has already dropped $100.
We are currently taking pre-orders.

PhotoMed is the proud recipient of Reality's 2006 New Product of the Year award as well as Reality's 2006 5-Star award for the Canon / PhotoMed 20D digital dental camera system. We would like to thank Drs. Miller and Castellanos and all of the Reality evaluators who chose the 20D.

In light of the fact that the 20D and new 30D are so similar, we look forward to another set of awards next year. For more information about the awards and Reality Publishing, go to:

Are you frustrated trying to make sense of the dizzying array of new digital technologies? If there is anyone who understand it all, its Dr. Lorne Lavine of Dental Technology Consultants (DTC). Dr. Lavine and his staff of technical experts will consult with you to determine the best technology for your particular practice and then help you with network design, hardware and software installation, maintenance, upgrades and training.

We've worked with Lorne for many years now and we are more than comfortable recommending him when our customers need computer and software help. You can contact DTC at:

Dr. Lavine also has a dental technology blog where he keeps up with the latest in dental technology:

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Mastering Digital Dental Photography
by Wolfgang Bengel

Dr. Bengel has been teaching dental photography for the past 20 years and in Mastering Digital Dental Photography, he explains everything you need to know to step smoothly into the world of digital photography, whether or not you possess any
knowledge of conventional techniques. Readers are guided through the practical steps of taking intraoral, object, and portrait photographs, editing and archiving their images, and importing them
into presentations. All those who wish to avoid the pitfalls of buying software and equipment to take
high-quality digital dental photographs will want to read
this book. Available now. Go to:

Is there a product that you would like to to carry or a service that you think we should offer? Let us know!
We are always looking for new ways to help our doctors.

Email your questions, comments, observations, etc. to PhotoMed

Plan to visit PhotoMed at the following dental meetings:
March 2006:
Hinman Dental - Atlanta
April 2006:
CDA - Anaheim, CA
May 2006:
AAO (Ortho) - Las Vegas
Texas Dental - San Antonio
AACD - San Diego
July 2006:
PNWDC - Seattle

Visit PhotoMed at the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, March 23-25. We will be in booth #705. We're hoping to have the new Canon 30D with us (if it arrives in time) and we'll of coourse have all of the other great cameras.

Stop by and check out the latest in cameras, mirrors, retractors, books and anything else we can find that is useful for dental photography.