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GiiNii 8 Ultra -Thin Digital Picture Frame
Digital picture frame with 128MB internal memory
By John Virata

GiiNii has released an 8-inch digital picture frame that enables you to view both your photographs and videos with a remote control. The digital picture frame includes 128MB of built in memory to store your favorite photos, and features a design that will complement virtually any room in your home. The GiiNii 8 features support for virtually all the current digital camera memory cards, including serial digital, multi-media card (+), Memory Stick, xD and memory Stick Duo. The GiiNii 8 also supports Compact Flash. USB memory drives are also supported.

The GiiNii 8 is built around an 8-inch 800x600 LCD screen that outputs a 4:3 aspect ratio image. It is .78mm thick and features 128MB internal memory. The bottom of the picture frame is where you will find the 6-in-1 memory card slots, mini USB port for connection to your computer, though no computer is required to view the images, JPEG, GIF, and TIF image support, AVI and MOV video file support, a calendar, clock and alarm, a Smart Sleep feature for sleep mode programming, on screen navigation, remote control, zoom in and thumbnail viewing, brightness and contrast adjustments, a detachable wood frame, and AC power cord.

I've been somewhat of a laggard when it comes to digital picture frames. As a matter of fact, this is the first one that I've reviewed, though there have been several reviews on Consumer Electronics Net. I just wasn't thrilled to take a look. But I've changed my mind. Now that digital cameras have overtaken film cameras, what better way to quickly display your photographs than with a digital picture frame? The digital image has enjoyed wide viewing support via the computer, and the printer manufacturers have ensured that those images can still be viewed the old fashioned, analog way. Digital Picture frames such as the GiiNii 8 continue to give consumers of digital images a choice in how they want to display their digital still images and video.


There is 128MB of internal memory in the GiiNii 8. While that memory can hold pictures, to get the best video playback, you need to first offload that video from your memory card and save it to the internal memory. I tried playing video directly from an xD card and USB memory stick, and the playback was choppy, and the picture frame even froze, forcing  me to restart the picture frame to clear out the freeze. Moving the video to internal memory and there was no issues with the playback-- everything was smooth as it should be.

The beauty about the format is that you can display multiple images with just an insertion of a USB memory stick. You aren't just limited to a single image. When viewing your images, you can also set a MP3 or WMA based background audio clip to play during the slideshow. You can also set up the GiiNii 8 to play a collage of images based on various pre-built background templates. You can view your images sequentially, in random order, and with transitions as well, as the GiiNii has a variety of built-in transitions to choose from, including blinds, fade, wipe, split, box, and melt. The remote control is with what you control all the action. If you lose it, things get more complicated, though there are controls on the back of the GiiNii 8. The only thing that needs to be improved is the speaker quality, especially for those who enjoy watching videos. It is just too tinny, and I am sure there is a slightly better quality speaker than what is in the GiiNii 8. With all that said, the GiiNii 8 outputs very good quality still images and does fairly proficiently in the video playback department as well, provided you save the video to the internal memory. The GiiNii 8 Ultra -Thin Digital Picture Frame is priced at $119 and comes with a 90 day warranty.


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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