ViewSonic Rolls Out 8-Inch Photo Frames

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Display maker ViewSonic has introduced two new 8-inch digital photo frames—the DPG801BK and DPG807BK—just in time for the holiday season, both of which feature the company’s SwifTouch touch screen technology to provide a clutter-free (and smudge-free) display using hidden control buttons that light up only when needed.

“With the inclusion of SwifTouch technology, the picture is the main focus and the frames’ controls are only displayed when needed,” said ViewSonic’s VP of global brand and emerging business Jeff Volpe, in a statement. “We are dedicated to bringing the best in intuitive and engaging solutions to help consumers showcase their memories with brilliant quality and style.”

Both LCD photo frames sport an 80 by 600-pixel resolution, a 4:3 aspect ratio, and contrast ratios of 500:1. The units sport 512 MB of internal memory and can accept images loaded via a thumb drive or memory card, or from a computer via USB. Users can zoom in on photos (up to 16×) to highlight details, and thumbnail browsing and slideshows are also available. The frames also support MP3 music playback for slideshows, and the DPG801BK can support Motion JPEG video, while the DPG807BK can handle MPEG1, MPEG4, and Motion JPEG video.

ViewSonic says both frames are available now for suggested prices of $129, but ViewSonic’s Web site has the DPG801Bk listed at $119 and the DPG807BK at $159—and we’d expect the 807’s video capability would command a higher price than the 801’s.