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Digi View 7" Digital Photo Frame
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Digi View 7" Digital Photo Frame
Date: 26/02/13, updated on 26/02/13 (35 review reads)
Advantages: SD card data source, looks high quality, robust, reasonable price.
Disadvantages: Not the best image in the world - but this isn't really to be expected.
I bought this photo frame for my Mom one Christmas. We had moved house a year prior and when she opened it, I had already set the frame up to display all of our house photos on a slideshow - its safe to say that she loved her present as the photo frame was proudly displayed when all of our family came round later that day.
Digital photos frames are merely monitors with the intended purpose of displaying photos from a data source constantly on a loop or as a standing photo. As the name suggests, it is designed to look and act as a photo frame but... well... digital.
This digital photo frame is made by viewed and before purchase I was a bit sceptical as I had never heard of the brand before and was doubting its potential quality. I was expecting the screen to be poor and for it to just generally be mediocre, I was pleasantly surprised!
The performance of the frame was better than I was expecting, interfacing with the frame was fairly instant and there was little delay between clicking buttons and the result occurring e.g. manually flicking through photos. The build quality was pretty good to. Despite not really being a product which requires a lot of handling and therefore as long as it looks good the sturdiness isn't really an issue, this photo frame is actually rather tough - it has a pure plastic gloss casing which resists the majority of pressing and doesn't deform much with pressure. The gloss finish on the plastic gives the illusion of glass and therefore makes the photo frame look very high quality - it enables you to get the quality look of a glass photo frame without the cost. This frame cost around £30 currently which is far less than glass digital photo frames are which can be £50-£60 or more!
The image quality of this frame is fairly good. Although far from the best display in the world, it is far from the worst too. The picture is displayed with fairly good quality - colours are generally accurate, lines do not appear too jagged and the image is fairly sharp. As this frame is not an expensive display, it does have common let downs such as a poor contrast ratio but this is something you would expect, the average user will not notice any issues with the screen at all and even somebody who is a little more technology focused will only really notice if they purposely look fro flaws.
The frame's data source for images is SD card. This has both advantages and disadvantages. Although you have to sacrifice one of your SD cards to this device and therefore cannot use it in your camera, it does mean that you have essentially unlimited storage - the frame has no internal storage itself and therefore the only limiting factor is the capacity of the card which can be as much as 128GB in some cases (Enough for thousands upon thousands of photos)!
You also have the ability to have multiple cards each with different sets of photos; you could keep one card with, for example, Christmas photos which you will obviously put up at Christmas time and you could also have a separate card for the rest of the year. By utilising the plug and play nature of SD storage, you do not have to spend time consuming task of editing the contents of a storage medium whenever you wish to change photos, simply take one out and plug one in. The only real downside to this is the cost of buying SD cards - you are not supplied with one and therefore you must factor in the £5-£6 cost of an SD card.
A note for buying SD cards for this frame:
You are looking for a standard "SD" card. NOT a "micro SD", "mini SD", "SDHC" or "SDXC". Although very similar, the frame is only compatible with the original (and most common) type.
You may also see reference to something called "Speed classes", these classes are one of 2, 4, 6, or 10. The most common class is 4 and this will suit your needs perfectly fine, anything higher will only cost you more for no advantages whatsoever for this purpose. You should also be fine with a speed class 2 although I do not believe I have ever came across these myself.
I hope I helped!
Summary: A very average photo frame, no remarkable features but does the job very well.