Prices for digital frames have been coming down hard the last couple of months, so much in fact, that we are finally seeing digital frames at more consumer-friendly prices: the $49-$99 dollar range. One of those frames is the NuVue 560.
The Digital Spectrum NuVue 560 (NV-560) digital frame
sports a 5.6in color TFT LCD screen capable of displaying a resolution of 320 x 240. It supports images up to 6M pixels (JPEG photos following EXIF and DCF standards), can be placed in landscape mode, and has customizable slide shows to satisfy your taste.
We liked the wide support for most media types, including: SD Card, CF Card, MMC Card, MS Card. However despite the support for all those formats, we were disappointed that a very popular format, the Memory Card Duo Pro, is not supported by the NuVue 560. If you do not use the Memory Card Duo Pro, this is not an issue, but if own a newer Sony Digital camera, this means you will need to have access to the supported media cards to be able to display your pictures in this digital frame. It seems weird that the regular Memory Card is supported, but Memory Card Duo Pros are not.
Another rather odd drawback for the NuVue 560 is the frame's speed. It takes approximately 5 seconds from the time you press a button to the time you see something on-screen happen. It really is kind of bizarre.
The frame's resolution was also a bit of let down. At only 320x480, the pictures loose a lot of detail, so even the most beautiful photography tends to look a bit washed out. This frame does wonderful with close-ups or family portraits, but if you are going to be displaying panoramic shots, some of the pictures' glory might be lost.
It is nice that this digital frame
is capable of connecting to a computer via a USB connection as it allows you to transfer images from the computer directly to the frame. There is no need to connect the media card to another media reader, the frame did that job.
The frame's best asset is the aesthetic. The white bezel looks gorgeous against the glass frame. If you have a modern room, this frame will look awesome in it.
All in all, the Digital Spectrum NuVue 560 is a nice digital frame. If you go in knowing some of the current technical limitations of digital frames, you just might come out a bit surprised. If you come in with high expectations you will be disappointed. For a little bit over $70 this digital frame covers all the basics.
We found one of the best prices at Adorama
our favorite place to get camera equipment. They offer great prices ship quickly and have been around for quite some time. Another place that comes highly recommended is B&H Photo
. They too have competitive prices and are well known among photographers of all kind.