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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Digital Photo Viewer

A technophobic friend of mine was expressing frustration over his inability to find a slide projector. From the old school, he is going to do some sales training and has 95 slides he wants to use. Trouble is, nobody has a slide projector and his son told him the young guys would laugh at him for using it, even if he could find one. He does not have a computer, let alone a laptop so PowerPoint is out of the question. He is very good at what he does and sees no reason to change the way he does it. I suggested that he could meet somewhere in the middle of the techno-divide and do what he wanted without a big expense. Used slide projectors abound on eBay but they are bulky and truly dated.

My suggestion was the SanDisk SDV-1A Digital Photo Viewer. SanDisk has a newer model but since I own the old one, I am familiar with it and from what I can glean on the web, the older model appears to do a better job. The viewer is about the size of a paperback book. It plugs into the s-video port on a TV and allows you to view digital photos. Simple to use and very versatile it is also inexpensive at $39.99 with free shipping at Amazon. All he needs to do is get his slides converted, burnt to a disc for backup and put on a flash memory card for use. A local photo shop will convert the slides for $80.00 which is more expensive than the web but remember he is a technophobe. A 1gb SD card for $14.00 and he is ready to go. This is a simple but elegant solution for a guy who wants nothing to do with technology.

Technical Details
View and share digital photos with family and friends on the TV Compatible with all popular digital camera media formats, including CompactFlash Type I and II, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, SD, and MultiMediaCard View multiple pictures in preview mode, delete, rotate and zoom with remote control.Supports JPEG files (the most common form of file format used by digital still cameras) at resolutions up to 6 megapixels
Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required.

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