Thank you all for your excellent advice and input. These comments are in response to everyone on the thread.
I don't think my in-laws are interested in waiting for Aiptek to get their prototype turned into a production model, nor in being early adopters, but thanks for the link - *I* was interested in reading it.
That leaves the camera->laptop->projector mode. (Thanks also to those who suggested camera->projector; I'll definitely keep that in mind, but they're looking to get a new computer anyway
so might as well include it in the equation.)
I wish I could do NewEgg, but they don't ship to Canada -- at least, not economically. Still, thanks for the links, as they did provide some good research material. I seldom think of going there, since purchasing from them is simply not an option for me.
I found a review of the review of the Viewsonic PJ551D which was mostly positive (http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/index.php/taxid;2136212928;pid;5850;pt;1
) but which did have this to say about using it to display photos:
Like most portable projectors, it's not fantastic for viewing photographs and video which have a lot of detail in dark areas, but in most situations it performs well.
This led me to wonder; is this a problem with *all* projectors, especially budget ones?
I found another projector, however -- the Epson PowerLite 77c -- that is pricier, but still not outrageous ($719 CAD vs. $579 CAD at http://www.ca.buy.com
) with even *better* reviews (http://www.projectorcentral.com/epson_p ... jector.htm
), stating in part:
As expected from an Epson projector, color is superb. When using photographic content, colors are vivid, accurate, and well-saturated. Subtle nuances are not lost between differing shades of the same color, and there was no evidence of gradation artifacts.... (Conclusion) Great color makes photography presentation a joy....
So this might be the one I steer him towards.
If it were me, I'd definitely look at buying used... but I'm also more comfortable with technology than they are. I'm fairly sure that he would not be comfortable with making a purchase like this over eBay (or similar) as he would have no recourse if something broke, or if he had to 'return it'.
I know that this is not the laptop board, but I'm wondering: why was that one presented over anything else - price? Two things about it caught my eye:
- only 1 GB of memory. That doesn't seem like enough these days, and memory is cheap.
- separate video card. I have always used onboard video for them, and it has always performed adequately. I would think that these days it would be even better. If I'm running through a projector, though, is a separate video card going to be necessary?
Thanks again for all the assistance.