Kodak Easyshare P520 is a digital picture frame which can be used to display digital photos, the frame is white bordered and is around A5 in size. The picture frame displays a succession of pictures as those on the pen drive. There is a simplicity in design of the machine in that the front of the frame shows a white border with the picture in the middle of the white border, all the electronics are at the back of the frame. The frame runs on mains power and the on/off switch is at the top at the back of the machine, it is simply turned on by pressing down the on switch.
After turning on the screen turns on and gives options for language and then lets you access the main control page, there are three buttons on the right hand side, they are the home page, play the slide show and to exit. The buttons on the left which allow the user to flick through pictures and play around with images, the screen itself is in fact not touch sensitive but there is a quick touch border around the frame which allows the user to use the machine.
The frames best aspect is a very simple allowance in letting the user insert a pen drive full of pictures which will then once the frame is turned on simply scroll through the images one by one, then once it has done all the pictures it shows them all again. This of course allows the user to download the pictures from a computer onto the pen drive and then once inserted into the relevant USB port will display the images until the frame is turned off.
In a similar manner, a camcorder can be attached to the frame if attached to the frame via a USB port, the USB ports are at the back of the frame down the left hand side of the back panel. Near the USB port is a position for a memory card to inserted into the frame, again the frame will display any images present on the memory card.
The frame is designed for displaying in landscape but can be adjusted to portrait with a re-positioning of the stand at the back and re-insertion allows for portrait viewing. The frame controls have to be changed using the home, settings buttons and changing viewing options, portrait viewing can now be accessed.
There are further options such as zooming into an image, viewing only one image or viewing all images as thumbnails. All are changed through playing with the settings buttons on the quick view menu, and can be played with very easily. The frame comes with a CD with the software which once downloaded onto a computer allows for easy manipulation of the images for the frame.
With the advent of digital cameras actually owning physical pictures has become the rarity rather than the norm, many people have hundreds or thousands of images which are on their computers. These images can be the most important pictures a person can own, family, friends, holidays etc and without a digital frame often sit unlooked at in a folder on your computer. With this frame it is very easy to pick out images, place them on a pen drive and once turned on the frame will display continously. The frame has a bright back light and the images shine out bright and bold and can be enjoyed again.
These frames cost about £40 but as a means of displaying pictures are priceless are they not?
I was given one of these as a birthday present and not knowing much about I am afraid I left it sat in the box for about a month thinking I needed to set some time aside to get it up and running. In fact it took a couple of minutes. Plug it in, set the language, put the SD card in and off you go. The quick touch borders are easy to use and pretty self explanatory. It shows the pictures as a slide show automatically but you can show a single picture or get it to show them in date order.
Picture quality is excellent (allowing for deficiencies in my camara technique).
It is a shame it does not come with an SD card as surely everyone will need one with it. You can use a USB memory stick which I did as a temporary measure but it sticks out of the side of the frame which is not very attractive. Otherwise it is a great product and I wish I had got one ages ago. At last all those photos that I never get round to printing are out on display.