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Picture (nearly) perfect

I’ve been looking for a digital photo frame for a while, but I’ve been put off by the way they look: in most cases, they appear as if someone’s stuck a PlayStation 2 to the back of a cheap and nasty picture frame, and the SD card slots are usually placed in such a way that the card sticks out noticeably.

This, though, is brilliant. It’s the Neovo FotoVivo V10, a 7-inch photo frame that doesn’t attempt to mimic traditional frames. It’s big enough to see but not so big that it takes over your house.

Neovo V10 photo frame

I love the design. Those glowing white buttons are usually invisible, and only appear when you touch them. The TFT is roughly the size of a traditional 4 x 6 print and the 800 x 480 display is pin sharp. It can handle memory cards I’d forgotten even existed, and the card slots are in a sensible place (on top) and hidden away under a concealed flap. Some nifty ideas include programmed on/off times and the ability to keep the image static or change it every few seconds, minutes, hours or every day. You can also transfer photos to the 128MB of internal RAM via the supplied USB cable.

The photo is misleading: the bezel looks a lot smaller in the plastic than it does in the pic.

Of course, nothing’s perfect and there are a few niggles with this too. At £128 (via Udiggit.com, which was £10 cheaper than the usual suspects) it ain’t cheap, and you’ll need to put it near a power socket – the cable’s very short and there’s an annoying cylinder right at the connector end, which will be visible if you put it on a mantelpiece.

If you’re going to use memory cards you’ll also need to delete not just unwanted files, but hidden ones too: if your card contains an invisible folder such as an OS X .trashes folder, the V10 will try and display that too. And while 800 x 480 is much better resolution than most picture frames I’ve looked at, it’s still a weird aspect ratio and you’ll need to crop your pics for best results.

That said, it’s still brilliant.

5 replies on “Picture (nearly) perfect”

Are you sure this isn’t a negative review? Its controls only appear when you touch them – how can you touch them if you don’t know where they are? It looks a lot better than the pic – hmmm. Its power lead is too short and is ugly – pretty serious flaw for me. I need to crop my pics to fit – what, all of them? That shouldn’t take more than a few days. The others must be really, really awful if this is brilliant!

Its controls only appear when you touch them – how can you touch them if you don’t know where they are?

OK, let me rephrase: the controls appear when you touch the bottom corner of the frame.

Its power lead is too short and is ugly – pretty serious flaw for me.

It’s only an issue on something high like a mantelpiece. On a table or bookcase the power cord would be behind the frame rather than running along beside it.

I need to crop my pics to fit – what, all of them?

It’ll automatically scale them if you don’t, same way a 16:9 TV shows black bars on a proper widescreen broadcast. I don’t like that, so I do a batch crop.

The others must be really, really awful

They are.

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