Product Type: Kodak Digital Photo Frame
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Best present I ever bought anyone, ever!
Kodak Easyshare P720
Member Name: Coombsy1987
Kodak Easyshare P720
Advantages: Fantastic image quality and some great features for a good price.
Disadvantages: No internal battery or memory.
I bought one of these frames back in August as a birthday present for my fiance. I never know what to buy anyone for birthdays / christmas but for once I had a good idea of what I was after. We have spent quite a lot of time over the past year out and about exploring the countryside and I've kinda taken up photography as a hobby so as a result have thousands of pictures just sat on my hard-drive unseen by anyone. Now of these I would say a couple of hundred came out truly beatiful and I know my fiance loved to see them, so it just made sence to give her them for a present. Clearly I wasnt going to have a few hundred pictures printed and framed to completely fill every wall in the house so from there came the idea for the digital photo frame.
I pretty much fell in love with this frame right from the off despite having looked at reviews for others on here for weeks prior to seeing it on display in Tesco. I had my concerns that the image quality would be pretty poor considering the low pixel range compared to some others available but this really isnt the case at all. I would say Kodak have got it just right with possibly the optimum resolution for this screen size (7"). Up close the individual pixels are quite clear but with a medium-high quality image (5mp+) at anything over 1m away the image is truly crystal clear and suprisingly good true colour.
Upon arrival at my doorstep and within no more than 2 minutes I had it up and running with the un-edited pictures from my cameras SD card displayed beautifully. The frame comes boxed with an AC mains power cable (changeable UK/European), Kodak easyshare software disc, Comprehensive instruction manual, 2 interchangeable decorative matte surrounds (silvery grey / deep red), and a multi positionable stand for landscape or portrait.
The biggest feature of this particular frame has to be the quick touch border. I had my concerns about just how east to use this would be but again was shown otherwise. Initially it can feel a bit awkward and fiddley but once you get used to it it is very easy and intuative.
Other features available include:
Pre-set time intervals between images
Optional transition animations between images
Timer to power off
On screen cropping options
Copy and paste funtions
A few things I must say about this frame. Firstly there is no internal memory or battery with this frame which is a shame as you can't pass the frame around relatives when they come around without having it permenantly plugged in. Secondly (well this is more a recomendation) the software tends to automatically resize images to display all of it, however you can set it to crop rather than resize but you never know what will be cropped out this way. So I found that if your computer is running with Windows Vista then one of the most useful tools is the cropping option on the standard picture viewer. If you use this to crop to 16x9 then the images display absolutely perfectly and you have full control over what is cropped.
I also recommend that if you intend to purchase this item then you also purchase a suitable size SD card as it is un-usable unless using a USB device such as a memory stick. I went for a rather large 8gb card to store over 200 images with plenty of space remaining and it reads it with no problems at all. I mention this because some devices can tend to struggle reading SD cards over 2gb (See my review of Sandisk 2gb SD card)
The only reason I can't give this 5 stars is because it has no internal battery or memory but other than that it really is a must buy if you don't need these features.
Summary: A must buy for anyone like me with thousands of unseen pictures.
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