Product Type: KITVision Digital Photo Frame
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Kitvision 7 Inch Digital Photo Frame
Member Name: blonde_girl774
Kitvision 7 Inch Digital Photo Frame
Advantages: Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality & Superb Price.
Disadvantages: Made of Perspex.
After researching for quite a while (but not really knowing what I was looking for exactly) I settled on a rather basic model of digital photo frame by a brand I'd never actually heard of. Kitvision seem to specialise in digital photo frames and, from what I've found online, don't seem to offer a lot else in terms of product range. I selected the Kitvision seven inch digital frame although they do offer a variety of ten inch ones as well as just one fifteen inch ones from what I've been able to find. Judging from the range available online the brand seems to have under ten digital photo frames in circulation at the moment, talk about putting all their eggs in one basket! The seven inch frame that I bought is available in black, silver and white although I didn't really like the look of the white one as it looked a little cheap, the black and silver versions look much more high quality in my opinion.
When I recieved my digital photo frame it was in a cardboard box which was really quite small, for some reason I expected it to be much bigger! The box weighs just over 900g although the actual frame weighs just under 700g, and contains the photo frame, a mains charger and a stand. The frame itself is very thin and quite light, the actual photo screen is surrounded by a one inch black border which is then surrounded by a one inch silver border - all in all it's quite sleek and smart looking. The frame is easy enough to insert into the stand and this will ensure it's kept virtually upright on any flat surface while the mains charger plugs into the small socket. The charger wire is of average length, it easily reaches to my plug socket which is about a metre away from my table, obviously you couldn't stretch it right across a room but it seems relatively long and in line with others I've seen.
The digital photo frame is compatible with JPEG file formats and it also supports SD, XD, MMC and MS memory cards (whatever they are!) which are easily inserted into a small slot. There's also an internal memory in the photo frame of 8MB meaning you can store photos actually on the photo frame. In addition you can plug in your camera directly via the USB port so there are a range of options for viewing your photos. The frame automatically recognises if you've used a memory card or your actual camera and loads the photos accordingly. You are then presented with the options to watch the photos in multiple viewing modes, including on a slide show, which can be altered depending on the occasion. The actual menu on the digital frame is really straightforward to use and doesn't really have that many options, but then I suppose there's only limited things you can actually do with it.
In terms of the photo quality I really can't fault this frame at all. My camera tends to take photos at five megapixels and the images are crystal clear, there's no distortion at all and the colours are very crisp. I was worried the pictures may be a little grainy due to the relatively cheap price of this frame compared to other models but I had no need to worry at all, they were perfect picture quality. If you put it right up close to your face there is a little distortion and a grainy effect but held in my hand or at arm's length means the pictures are perfectly clear and actually really good quality in my opinion. Several people who have seen the frame in action have commented on the good quality of the photos, the colours are bright and the images are crisp, it's as good as my dad's Sony one which cost twice the price of this one... which really was a little bargain from Amazon in August!
The Kitvision seven inch digital photo frame in black will currently set you back £24.04 on Amazon, when I bought mine it had been reduced to £21.00 so was a real bargain then. The silver one is priced a little cheaper at £23.05 while the white one is a real bargain at £17.99... although I do think you are compromising slightly on the look of it for that price. The black one can be found cheaper on different websites, I have seen it for £21.99 when searching on Google recently so it would be worth shopping around to make sure you were getting the best price. In terms of price I really can't fault it, looking on Amazon I've seen plenty priced from around £35 upwards to near enough £100 which does seem a little extortionate for something which is very much a household ornament that probably will only get used on special occasions, I wouldn't be able to part with £100 for that!
So far all I've had to say is positive things about this photo frame and indeed that's the impression I do want to leave with you. However there is one thing I'm not overly impressed with and that's the fact that it's actually made of perspex, something I didn't realise at the time of buying. Now perspex does have a slightly cheap look to it but due to the colours I've chosen it's not really as evident as it would be with the white one for instance. Obviously the upside of perspex is that it is not easily damaged, well it didn't break when I dropped it on the floor last weekend after a glass of wine anyway! I think that for the price there had to be a compromise somewhere and this is obviously where it is. However I'm still giving this frame the full five stars as I'd fully recommend it... so maybe you want to get one of these on your Christmas list for 2010... I know you've started it!
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A low priced digital photo frame from Kitvision.