Product Type: Kodak Digital Photo Frame
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Kodak Easyshare P720
Member Name: cazkins
Kodak Easyshare P720
Advantages: Reasonable price, fairly easy to use, good picture quality
Disadvantages: No remote, no built in memory, not the highest quality build, menu is a bit fiddly
I bought my parents a digital photo frame a little while ago as I know they'd mentioned one before, but they didn't think they'd use it much. Granted, they often don't use this, but the times they have it's been a neat and affordable entry-level frame that has worked well.
Kodak specialise in photography and they're very popular in their field, becoming a modern, advanced and trustworthy brand. There's a fair range of choice when it comes to digital photo frames so what option would be best does depend up on your budget and what you want to use it for / how much use you'll get out of it. Knowing that the best technology and higher prices wouldn't be justified, I aimed for something with a reasonable cost, that would be high quality, and that would do photos justice adequately. The Easyshare P720 seemed to meet those criteria and being the first and only digital photo frame I've bought and used, I'd say it has been a worthwhile purchase. At the time it was bought, I think it was around £50, and for the brand and its features taken in to account, it was suitable and acceptable when compared to other alternatives.
This photo frame is quite neat, with a 7" photo display and silver trim. I actually prefer black frames, but this went better with the 'décor'. It's plastic, but it doesn't look too cheap or tacky, it just enables it to be a bit more lightweight and pushes it in to the more reasonably priced range. It's a good size at 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.2", and the stand at the back props it up; it takes a bit more room with the stand, but not much more than an average photo frame in the sense that you won't need to clear a whole shelf for a bulky piece of tech! The mains cable is the only other thing you need to factor in to the equation, which we've managed to hide behind the back of the shelf fairly well.
The display is an aSi TFT active matrix with a resolution of 480 x 234 pixels, providing clear, crisp images. No doubt other digi frames will do this better, but I find that this is more than suitable for showing off photos, doing them justice by showing them clearly and well-lit.
I think you can buy this same model but with a frame kit, which presumably personalises the frame a little more by allowing you to choose the frame colour via an add on frame cover. This didn't really interest me because, as I said, the silver fits well with light decor and and although it's not exactly tacky looking, I didn't want a plastic frame cover/sticker to make it tacky.
This photo frame works with JPEG and EXIF image files, and as most photos are stored as JPEGs this is fine. To get your photos on to the frame you can simply insert your memory card or a memory stick, and this supports the following formats: 2 slots - Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Multimedia Card (MMC), MEMORY STICK (MS) and the XD-Picture Card (xD). Again, I'm more than happy with this; more often than not I just use a spare SD card that I used to use with a digital camera, make sure the photos I want shown are on there (such as by connecting the camera to the PC and using a simply drag-drop system) and insert that. That way, you can keep the card in there and not forget to put it back in to your camera! If you don't already have a spare SD, then the USB option is the next best and simplest thing.
Once you've got your photos up you can use the 'quick touch border' on the frame itself to select your options. You can, for instance, use the menu to choose how you want your photos presented, for how long etc. I like this sort of personalisation because it gives you more control over viewing the pics, and the navigation on the boarder is relatively straight forward once you know your way around it. t first, however, I did find it fairly confusing, so it will probably take a little while to get used to and remember what's what and where certain options are. It's touch sensitive enough to be easy to use and I haven't really found any noticeable finger marks after using, which is a bonus because you have no choice but to use the boarder as this doesn't come with a remote control.
So far there have been no problems with this as an effective and reasonable enough photo frame for more casual use. It's easy enough to use and there haven't been any issues that I've had to seek help on or any faults/problems that I've needed to mention or get resolved. As is always good, however, for an added peace of mind is that this comes with a one year warranty.
The downsides would probably be the lack of remote and the built quality. The boarder touch menu is good enough to use, but it would be nice to sit back and have a remote at hand for the lazier amongst us! As for the frame itself, being plastic isn't necessarily a bad thing because, like I've said, it doesn't really look tacky, but it could have been made to look that little bit more professional and slick. None the less, it was a reasonable price and with that in mind, this has been a good buy for the purpose and frequency for which it's used.
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao)
Summary: Not bad at the time for the price & it's purpose, but there are better options now available
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