|Sandisk Photo Album|
|Category:||Computers & Electronics|
Looking at the local market last year i think i found something interesting. It was a special offer from a local national chain store at the end of last year.
This nice looking mini gadget is nothing ore than a multi card reader with playback capacities. At the front you could find the card sockets that include > Smartmedia , SD, Compactflash . At the left it is the remote control sensor:
This is the rear part of the Sansa photo album. You may notice the connections are as follows from the left to right :Mains power adaptor socket , audio video socket , USB plug-in, external drive , PAL NTSC video selector and CF1 socket
The pictures below have been shot with Olympus C220 The Nikon D50 shown tooo much flutter in a level that could not show clearly
The photo album works perfectly as card reader, once connected to the computer. IN my computer however there was a small problem with installation under Windows XP. Instead of updating on the taskbar with the installation process, it showed an installation wizard for asking external disks or looking for internal drivers.
Furthermore there is a capability to mark up JPG files for later printing in a compatible DOF printer, It is a n ability notice in the instruction guide , but cannot verify it since my printers are not compatible
Here however I will not stick into its computer capabilities but pass into its playback abilities in the front of a TV screen and Hifi stereo system.
The player once connected into the main s supply shows a Sansa Photo album card and then shows a listing of video files and directories as follows:
The left is the DCIM photo directory of the media card, with thumbs of the first 3 pictures. At the right side there are 2 files with MOV extension that supposed to be recognized, that were a process of other format files. However I found that only camera files can be played correctly
In case two cards are used, via the remote control you can select which card you want to use. The picture below is a bit 'blurry'
This is the files directory showing a preview at right part.
I found something interesting sometime ago. I fulled a folder with more than 2000 pictures. However the player could show only the first 500-512 pictures!
This is how a MP3 file is shown in file mode : pushing the ok button the mp3 file is played and a spectrum analysis with moving bars is shown at the right part . You see also the two supposed movie files
This is the photo thumbnail listing once you enter into the file directory, showing the pictures by 3x3 The thumbnail pictures shown come from wall slogans in the University:
And this is the song listing showing the artist in the left pane [in case it is available in the ID3 tag], the title in a 8.3 [DOS] format and the song time. I wonder if this is the real 8.3 name or something other
Once a song is played it shows the following picture: It shows the singer’s name from the ID3 , the 8.3 DOS name , a bar spectrum graph the total time and the time passed
I used my wife’s compact Hi Fi system Audio is good . I preferred to use the loudness in order to sound a richer . And something recently found is that after 4 hours of audio playback the payer stopped though more than 200 files were in the 1 GB memory
Except the above the player can be adjusted to play songs and photos in sequential or random modes , have about 10 photo transitions , zoom mode with scales from 1 to 10 [about 6 times zoom ] and in case of compact flash card , to play photos with musical background
I forgotten to advise you that the local price was ca 45 Euro but for the Christmas and end of the year time the price dropped to 32 Euro
Anyway I think that this small gadget is very good in case you are on road and sometime you wish to check your photos form your digital camera > I was one oof the reasons I bought it that time for Litohoron so that same time we could watch them on TV , instead of using the photo camera >and its price is still quite cheap for its abilities!