Delkin Device's eFilm Picturevision is today's alternative to your father's (maybe your grandfather's) 35mm slide projector. This is a small and relatively inexpensive ($79USD) set-top box for displaying your digital photos on your television set. After taking the pictures you simply insert your camera's memory card into one of the card slots and then sit back in your easy chair with the remote control and show off your photographic skills. The bigger the TV set the more people that can be entertained and with today's 42-inch and bigger plasma screens, that's quite an audience! No more having to drag out and setup a projector and screen and make everyone sit in a dark room to see your holiday memories.
The Picturevision's builtin card slots accomodate CompactFlash Type I and II cards, including IBM Microdrives, SmartMedia, Memory Stick (not Memory Stick Pro), Secure Digital and MultiMedia Card. The new xD-Picture Cards (used in Fuji and Olympus cameras) can also be read if you have purchased the appropriate xD-Picture Card to CompactFlash adapter. Compatible file types are JPG still images, MP3 audio files and MPEG (I&II) audio and video files.
No longer do you have to hand your camera around for others to see your pictures on the tiny
screen or make them stand around your computer staring at the monitor. Everything you need
is included; the Picturevision unit, AC power adapter, remote control (including batteries),
video and audio cables and a user manual. The Picturevision unit is fully warrantied for
two years against failure and will be repaired or replaced by Delkin free of charge.
Connecting to a TV
The included audio-video cable lets you connect the Picturevision to a television's
video in and audio L-R connectors. The video out signal is selectable for either NTSC or
PAL standards. Playback can be controlled by the buttons on top of the unit or with the
included infrared remote control. You can run an automated slide show of any folder
of images or manually control the viewing sequence.
After connecting the cables it's time to stick a card in the unit. Shown here are all the types it can read directly except for the MultiMedia Card (MMC) which is physically identical to the Secure Digital card. As stated before, you can read the new xD-Picture Card media with the appropriate xD to CF adapter.
Even though the Picturevision unit can handle up to 19MB JPG images it works the best
(fastest) with smaller 640 x 480 size images. Television displays a 5-megapixel and a 640 x
480 size image the same so if you intend to only view your photos on the TV then save
yourself a lot of space on your memory card and set your camera to record 640 x 480 (VGA)
size images. If you intend to print larger than 4 x 6" then you'll still want to shoot the
Pressing the MENU button on the remote will bring up this onscreen menu where you can make changes to the Picturevision's settings. The CARD SELECT option lets you choose either the CF Card slot or the MultiCard slot. The SLIDE SHOW option lets you specify the delay between pictures (short, medium, long or manual). The LANGUAGE option puts the menu screens in English, Japanese, Spanish, German, French or Italian.
Once you have set these preferences they remain in effect until changed so all you need to
do is stick a card in the slot and turn the unit on and it begins the slideshow
automatically. With the remote you can stop or pause the show or change it to manual
advance mode. You can also select one of twelve different transitional effects (wipe down,
wipe up, wipe left, wipe right, center out, center in and etc.) or choose random or none.
Here's the controls on top of the Picturevision unit
If you want to browse through your pictures in a visual manner use the Thumbnail
display mode. As you'd expect, the images will be displayed as small thumbnail pictures,
use the directional buttons on the remote to select and display one full-screen or jump to
the next page of thumbnails.
You can also browse the card's image folders using a familiar file manager type interface.
Sort through the pictures, movies or sound files by name and choose the one you want to
display or play.
The ZOOM feature lets you Zoom-In up to 200% at the push of a button.
Buttons on the remote allow you to rotate portrait images for proper display.
The eFilm Picturevision is an affordable and very easy to use digital image display device. If you can operate your digital camera, you can work this gizmo. Plug it in and leave it on top of your TV and put on a digital slideshow of your kids, your latest vacation, your award-winning roses or whatever -- whenever you want. It isn't all that expensive, just $79USD will get you one of your own - see the link below.
I strongly suggest that you set your camera to capture 640 x 480 size images or if you have a computer and a graphic program you can shoot in hi-resolution for making big prints and convert the ones you want to display on the TV to a smaller size. I like the ThumbsPlus program as it has a nice Batch feature to automate the process of converting an entire folder of images quickly and easily. The 640 x 480 size images load and display very fast, and on my 42-inch plasma screen, I can't see the difference between the small images and 5-megapixel images.
With gizmos like this we might just have seen the permanent end of old fashioned slide projectors, having to sift through boxes of slides, replace burnt out bulbs and setup projector screens. I for one am happy to see these things go the way of film as I've been a digital-only photographer for the last five years!
Also see our review of the SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer.
The Picturevision US/Japan model
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