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It took me a while to decide to buy a digital photo frame as I don't think I take good enough photographs but now that they are in the frame it seems to be more important that they are personal pictures rather than professional ones. I have photo shopped a few to improve them and I would recommend doing that if you can.
I only chose a 7" frame as I thought this would not show up the defects as much and because Kodak is a company I trust I selected one of theirs. Fortunately for me it is easy to use and looks good on the mantelpiece. The picture is really clear and a number of people have commented about the quality of the photographs so I now claim the credit for being a good photographer. With a pixel resolution of 480 x 270 it is good enough for what I want and although the pixels are visible in some cases that could be down to the quality of the pictures I have taken. It is not a wireless connection so if that is what you want you will need to look for a different model - and pay quite a bit more.
There is not an internal memory and also it does not show random photographs but it is possible to change the pictures and I have done this as I can easily delete the ones I am sick of seeing. There is the chance to have music in the background but I keep this to a minimum as I have it in the room we have the television in.
The timer is a helpful feature as it there will be times when you don't need to see the pictures and it will save you a bit on the use of electricity.
Product Dimensions 3.8 x 26.1 x 19.3 cm
It weighs 798 g
16:9 widescreen display
Costs - I paid less than £60 when I bought this three years ago so was surprised to see that Amazon are still selling it for £62.99 as I would have thought that there would have been a big drop as there are so many more much better and high spec frames on the market. I looked on the official site to say what they were selling it for and it was not there so they are promoting newer and upgraded frames.
I have over 8,000 photos on my laptop covering about the last 3 years. With two kids whom I take a couple of photos each day this number has steadily crept up over the years and we have now amassed a fortune of gorgeous photos but then there is always the debate about how to display them. Back in the old days I used to like photo albums but if you fill quite a few albums you end up with a lot of space taken up in bookshelves trying to store them and then you never really look at them anyway. We have quite a few of our favourite photos blown up and framed in various places around the house, such as walls, windowsills, mantle place etc but now even these are starting to get filled and we don't have much wall space left so we came up with the idea of getting a digital photo frame that would display quite a lot of photos at one time and would be something nice and different to look at. We asked my in-laws for one for Christmas and they were really pleased they could get us a practical gift that we really wanted.
The main thing I really liked about this Kodak digital photo frame was its simple, sleek look. Most of our regular frames are quite simple and modern and nothing too flashy so I didn't want a digital frame that looked too fussy with lots of buttons or flashing parts etc. This frame just has the screen and then a black border all around it which makes it look both contemporary and classic. There is a stand at the back so you can stand it up and then the only thing I don't like is that there is a wire out the back of the frame that you have to have in order to plug it in and power it but this can be easily hidden if you put this frame on a table or bookcase etc.
This frame stores and displays up to 1,000 photos which, ok, will not take my entire collection but 1,000 to display at any one time is plenty enough to get a cross section of the highlights of our last three years. There are a number of different ways that you can add your photos to this frame and its very simple to do so. If you have some photos already on your memory card in your camera you can put this in and view the photos on your memory card. We had a problem with our laptop a few years ago, it basically just died and we lost a whole library of photos so now as well as storing photos on our new laptop we also keep all of our memory cards when they are full and store our photos like this and just buy new memory cards all the time. This is probably quite an expensive way of storing photos but at least we know they are safe. We can then alternate our memory cards from time to time in this frame and view different photos.
The other way you can put your photos onto this frame is by using a USB flash drive that you can plug firstly into your computer to download the photos onto it and then plug the flash drive into the frame. This is probably my least favourite way of showing the photos as I don't like the look of having a little stick poking out of the frame.
The screen is a 7 inch screen so I think you get a really nice sized photo which really is nice and clear and crisp.
The fun thing about digital photo frames is that you can view your photos in a number of different ways and on different settings. My favourite is to have it on random shuffle so you get a photo from years ago that will come up bringing back good memories and then you could get a fairly recent photo so the combination is really nice. In fact there are 5 different settings for transition and duration. They are as follows:
Slowest once per day with slow pan
Slower once per hour with fade
Slow once per minute with fade
Medium once every 10 sec. with fade, pan, and zoom
Fast every 5 sec. with gentle pan
In conclusion this is a good looking, well displaying digital photo frame and one I recommend. The camera was in the £50 region which was not a bad price in my opinion.
Overall I found the Kodak Easyshare digital frame very easy to use. The frame has a wide compatability with different formats of card. I use a Flash card in it and this allows me to easily transfer my pictures to the frame. I am not too keen on the wireless capabilities. Apparently you can transfer images using wifi but I found this impossible and this feature isnt too user friendly. Also, if you try uploading more than 100 or so images then it can lock up and not display all images.
The frame comes with a very thin user guide. All the information you need is in there and it is simple to understand and not full of jargon like some manufacturers like to baffle us with these days! The frame has quite a wide border compared to most other digital frames I have come across. I think overall this digital frame is both simple to use and of a high quality that you expect from a trusted brand like Kodak. I would definately recommend this product over a lot of other frames. It would be ideal for the luddite in your family!
I bought this Digital Picture Frame for my mum for Christmas and she seemed to have liked it very much. It is an attractive frame and has a lovely black border however I believe the border is bit big compared to the screen which stands out a bit too much.
It is very simple to use, all you need to do is plug it in, insert your desired memory card with photos on it and you're ready to go.
It is of very good quality compared to many of it competitors items and very reasonably priced. You can get you photos to slideshow or select them singularly, or you can select effects for them to fade in and out. If you wish to show a video on the screen instead of photos then this is also possible.
It comes with a remote so you can flick through the pictures from the comfort of you chair and hair quite a good range.
I believe this frame would be much better if it was battery operated rather constantly being plugged in as it would be more portable and practical.
After a few lovely holidays and nights out I decided that it would be nice to get a digital frame for my wall. They seem very stylish and are quite popular, in fact every shop I seem to walk into these days have some sort of digital photo frame and the temptation is too strong.
Argos was offering them very cheap and in each 'end of catalogue' sale they seem to get cheaper. I was walking through Tesco one day and saw that they had a frame only £29.99 so decided I would buy it, I got home to find that it didn't work so I took it back and this time decided that I would get a frame that boasted a famous name and Kodak seemed to be the most popular name or at least it was from my experience.
The frame looks like a normal picture frame it is black in colour with a stand on the back. The frame can be mounted on a wall of left free-standing on a shelf.
The frame is very easy to use and accepts most forms of removable media e.g. memory card or even a USB stick taking photos direct from a camera to the frame. The frame was quite easy to set up however the instructions are very good and useful even if you should find it difficult.
The frame comes with a remote control and this makes it a lot easier to view the photos especially if there are many, also this helps because it means that the photos can be converted to portrait or landscape shot.
The pictures look very good, the picture quality is clear and really its better than having a framed photo. The frame has sound and movie capability and the sound is also very good quality meaning that photos can be synchronised with the music adding to the effect.
I use my frame all the time and think it is great for storing photos on as well as displaying them to family and friends.
If, like me, you take loads of photos on your digital camera, you'll either never get around to printing them out or would need to take out a second mortgage to pay for the processing.
Then if you do get them printed out, what do you do with them? I've run out of space to store photo albums. The walls are chockablock with photo frames.
Well done to the person who invented digital photo frames! Just one photo frame that can display hundreds of photos.
We bought my parents the Kodak Easyshare 7" Digital Picture Frame for Christmas, and my husband surprised me with one for my recent birthday, and it's proved to be very useful.
~~ WHAT IT DOES ~~
* View photos, movie clips and play MP3s (has built in speakers)
* Comes with a remote control for easy use
* Select viewing hours using the automatic on/off settings
* Connect it to a PictBridge-enabled printer to print pictures without a computer
* You can display the frame on a tabletop (fold out stand) or on a wall, either vertically or horizontally
~~ IN THE BOX ~~
The SV710 Digital Picture Frame
AC power cord
Getting Started Guide
~~ SETTING IT UP ~~
It was really easy to set up and only took a minute or two. Just attach the plug to the plug cord, stick one end into the frame and the other end into the plug hole.
Insert a memory card into the side of the frame.
Use the remote or buttons on the frame to set the slide show interval, press play and you're all set.
~~ USING ~~
It's very easy to use and the instruction book gives step by step instructions on everything.
The remote control is very compact and operates everything on the frame, but if you lose it (could be easy to do as it's so small!) there are buttons on the frame that control everything.
You can connect it to a digital camera, or insert one of the memory cards listed below.
You can view photos singly or as a slideshow, play video clips and play music on it's own or over a slideshow.
The photos can be rotated, and videos can be rewound or fast-forwarded.
The time between slideshow pictures can be increased or decreased, and there are a number of different transition effects to choose from.
~~ SPECIFICATIONS ~~
Image file formats - JPEG, EXIF
Video formats - MOV, AVI, MPEG 1 and 4
Audio formats - MP3
Dimensions - 10.3 × 7.6 × 1.5 in. (261 × 193 × 38 mm)
Display size - 7 in. (17.8 cm) diagonal
Memory cards supported - Secure Digital, Multimedia Card, MEMORY STICK, XD-Picture Card, COMPACTFLASH, MICRODRIVE
~~ Price ~~
The RRP is £99.99, but it's available for £45.99 from amazon.co.uk.
~~ Overall ~~
Kodak is a well known and trusted make and this frame lives up to their good name. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a digital picture frame, or indeed anyone who has lots of photos to display and no wall space left.