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ViewSonic photo frames bring video, widescreen

updated 11:40 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2008

ViewSonic Frames Spr 2008

ViewSonic today preempted Mother's Day by a sweeping launch of ten different digital photo frames, including its inaugural large widescreen model. The DPX1002WD (shown) is the company's first 10-inch unit to switch to widescreen and has one of the highest resolutions at its size, displaying both BMP and JPEG images at up to 1024x600. The wood-frame display also serves as a full-fledged media player with support for the MPEG-1/4 and Motion JPEG video formats commonly found in digital cameras as well as MP3s for audio. Images are relatively vivid with a 400:1 contrast ratio and 400cd/m2 brightness.

It holds 256MB of built-in flash memory to permanently store copies and includes both a multi-format card reader to load content from most cameras as well as a USB connection to drag-and-drop photos directly from a Mac or Windows PC. It sells now for $209.

Other models are dictated by playback features and size. The x04 series keeps the same audio and video playback options but switch to a more traditional, white plastic photo frame and halve the onboard memory to 128MB. It ships in widescreen 7-inch (DPX704WH) and 10-inch (DPX1004WH) models for $139 and $179 respectively alongside a standard-ratio 8-inch version (the DPX804WH) for $149.

At the base end, the x02 series limits its non-photo support to music. The 7-inch models (DPX702BSL-BW, DPX702WD-BW, and DPX702WD) all opt for an 800x480 widescreen image with 500:1 contrast and 250cd/m2 brightness, while 8-inch equivalents (DPX802WD, DPX802WD-BW, and DPX802BSL-BW) switch to a standard-ratio 800x600 LCD. All models make up for their lack of video with 256MB of storage and sell at $139 for 7-inch versions and $149 for 8-inch frames.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hey, why not make a line of displays that can display TIFFs so that we can show the full gamut of our 14-nit photos? I don't know about you, but even on my old powerbook screen the difference between a JPG and TIFF is pretty obvious.

    Until they start making screens with denser resolutions that support better color & brightness, I'll stick to my prints.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    another idea

    Hey, why not stop trying to make widescreen frames when all digital still cameras do not take widescreen pictures? How many digital cameras have you seen that is not 4:3 or 3:2 ratio?

    I don't want to crop all of my pics before sending them off to grandma for her picture frame. I just want to send them.

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