****Please check out the end of this review where there is a link to a giveaway, giving you the chance to win one of these!
Having access to your photos on mobile devices and laptops, etc, can often be the preferred method of viewing nowadays. But what if you actually wanted to have select images available on display in and around your home? Or what if you have a relative that isn’t over tech savvy? The Kitvision 7″ Digital Photo Frame could be the solution for you!
The photo frame itself comes packaged in an eye catching box packaging that contains a wealth of specifications, ranging from the slide show display mode, to the 7″ TFT Panel. Inside the box you get the photo frame (the one I have for review is pink), the stand for the frame, UK 3-pin wall adapter and a user manual.
The frame feels very well made, as well as very sturdy. Included is 8mb of internal storage – not enough to store all of your images, but plenty to store a few treasured images that you would like to keep to hand all of the time. The frame boasts a bracket that you can rotate if you would like to, meaning that you can view your images in both landscape and portrait mode – you aren’t limited to having it set just one way or the other. The spaces to attach the bracket can be found on the back of the frame. The top of the frame houses the buttons used to control the functions of the frame. These buttons are Play/Pause, Left, Right, Exit, and Setup. The buttons are used to navigate the menus on the photo frame, which are straightforward to use. Located down the right hand side of the frame is the USB Flash Drive port, the multicard reader, and the port to connect up the AC adapter. The screen resolution is 480 x 234 pixels. The supported image file format for the frame is JPEG – which is handy as this is what most images come as.
Getting to grips with the frame is very straightforward. To get the frame to display the images you want, simply insert a memory card that has your images on (either direct from a digital camera or smartphone or transfer the pictures to the card from a PC/laptop), or hook up a USB drive into the port on the side. The built-in card reader enables you to simply plug in your card or USB stick and using the buttons on the top of the frame, navigate through the menus. It is recommended that you store images in folders that contain up to 100 photos each.
Once you have your memory card or USB drive inserted, ensure that you have plugged in the supplied plug adapter (5v), power on the frame, and you photos will start displaying to you as a slideshow. The buttons on the back of the frame give you the options to pause the slideshow in order to make changes to the display, or even to keep that one particular image on display. Also, the built-in menu is easy and straightforward to use, making the operation of the frame possible for anyone, no matter your technical knowledge. From within the menu, you can also choose if you would like your images displayed as the original image, cropped, or stretched.
Another feature that I really like is the fact that you have a few transition effects to choose from, meaning that you can make changing from one image to the next, less plain and boring. If you would rather not set it to one particular effect, you can set it to random so that it changes from image to image. Another feature that I like is that you can change the speed of the slideshow – you can have the images change at a slow, medium or fast pace. Again, something for everyone.
Overall, I love this digital photo frame. Kitvision have made it possible to have something to suit everyone, no matter of their age or preference. If the 7″ frame is not for you, there is a large range of digital frames available in a variety of sizes and designs, so there should be something for everyone. The price of the 7″ pink frame that I have here is £29.99 on Amazon UK (at time of posting) and would make an ideal gift, especially with Mother’s Day coming up *hint hint*.
The guys over at Kitvision also launched this giveaway on their Twitter yesterday! https://twitter.com/KitvisionUK/status/442962839662125056