Pros Low cost and easy to use
Cons you have to format the photos first
Summary The advertised resolution of the Mustek screen is 480 x 234. However, resizing and/or cropping to this size leave bars at the top and bottom of the screen in widescreen mode. I calculate that aspect ratio at 16:7.8 which explains the bars. An aspect ratio of 480 x 270 is a 16:9 ratio but this also left bars above and below on the frame. The native resolution for the frame appears to be 480x342. I suspect some dyslexic person wrote the 480x234 spec in the book. It is WRONG! (Note: 480x342 is about 7:5 ratio).
When the Nikon D70 (and I assume D50) are set take pictures in JPEG mode the resolution is L=3008x2000, M=2240x1488 or S=1540x1000. The aspect ratio for all 3 sizes is the same which is roughly 3:2. Compare this to regular TV of 4:3 or widescreen of 16:9 you can see that simply using this aspect ratio without any editing will look distorted no matter which of the two modes is used on the frame.
First I resized the pictures to 480x360 Using "BIMP lite 1.61". This allowed me to change the aspect ratio of the original pictures from roughly 3:2 to 4:3 in batch mode.
Next I cropped out 18 pixels on the top or bottom. To do this I batch cropped to 480 x 342 using "JPEGCrops". This handy little program allowed me to decide if I wanted to crop off the top or bottom of the pictures individually.
This method fills the screen full while minimizing distortion in widescreen mode (16:9?). Without changing the aspect ratio using this mode will make the people in the pictures look short and fat. So you make them tall and skinny first then when the frame squashes them in widescreen mode they look correct.
Run “XnView”, press “convert” icon, load the pictures to be edited, give it an output folder, click the “transformations” tab, develop a script (or load a script). The script I used is 2 steps: 1. Resize to 480 x 360 uncheck “Keep Ratio” and 2. Crop to 480 x 342. Then press “Go”. Presto the pictures are suitable for framing.
Resizing the pictures also allows you to fit more pictures on a card and have no delay in load time. (i.e., you don't have to wait for pictures to load, after picture A has been displayed for 5 seconds (or whatever interval you choose) picture B loads right away, whereas large pictures take additional time to load because the frame's cpu has to resize the picture itself). Larger pictures look no better than resized smaller versions. It’s a function of the resolution of the frame.
Pros Most pictures look great
Cons Some pictures need to be re sized to display properly
Summary Cannot set up the interface and save, has to be reset each time power is removed. Not easy to get the results wanted. Buttons are on the back so to look at results and make changes difficult. Would have taken back but the store (CompUSA) went out of business. Was also told no memory stick or other needed once it was loaded, not true. Instructions do not help much. I was looking for some help on the net when I ran across this article. We used the unit for a couple months and then put it aside, thought maybe someone had figured out a way to make set up easier.
Cons Pretty Much Everything
Summary Thankfully, we did not buy this as it was a prize in a drawing. The good news is this is pretty inexpensive when looking at other digital picture frames and once you get it up you will see why.
First of all, it projects pictures using the 16:9 ratio. Last I checked pretty much EVERY digital camera takes pictures using 4:3. So no matter what you do you have about a 1 inch border on the left and right side of the picture frame. Also the picture resolution is poor at best and not very bright at all. Don't be fooled by the pictures on the box or in ads because those certainly weren't taken with a picture on the screen.
Also I set the pictures to rotate every 3 seconds or so. Well, 3 seconds on this thing is more like 3 minutes. It is VERY slow moving from picture to picture and if you dare try to advance it yourself it has to reload all the pictures to move ahead.
Bottom line is don't waste your money on this. Thankfully, we didn't pay for it!!!