Product Type: Kodak Digital Photo Frame
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Kodak Easyshare P725
Author Name: superness11
Kodak Easyshare P725
Advantages: easy to set up
Disadvantages: screen is not clear if you are not stood in it's eye line
I wanted a digital photo frame for my front room to show many of the fantastic photographs I have taken in some wonderful places. I wanted a good looking piece of kit as it would be on show all the time and I wanted a good quality one to show off my photographs. I did not want to spend over £60.00, however. I found the Kodak P725 for £55.00 on eBay and it was brand new. I was really pleased with the price.
*Price and availability*
You can buy them frame from a variety of stores or online. It is priced at around £65.99 and Amazon currently has it on offer for £63.49.
The photo frame has a black border running around the edge and gives the frame a really modern look; it looks good quality and robust. The screen is 7" x 5" with a high resolution of 600 x 800 pixels. At the back is a stand so you can have the frame stood up. Disappointingly you cannot have the frame stood up portrait and you can only have it landscape. This is a little frustrating and would have been a simple adjustment to allow this facility. The stand is quite robust and sturdy which is great for supporting the device. It clicks out of place if you want to mount the frame on a wall but due to the size I would imagine it may get lost on a vast wall. However, it is nice to have a choice.
It weighs 308 grams and is 2.4" thick. This surprised me when my frame arrived as it was not as sleek and thin as expected. It does look a little clumsy in design which is disappointing but I was really pleased with the look of the front of the frame.
The device is powered by main supply and comes with an AC adapter. The cord is 1.8m long which is great as it means it is long enough to reach plenty of places and I do not need to use an extension lead. What is very annoying though is that my AC adapter came in white! This ruins the look of the device and took me a while to position the frame to hide the ugly; uncomplimentary lead.
The device has an Internal memory of 512 MB which means you can store images on the actual device as well as it supporting SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo cards and also USB sticks. I am a little concerned as to how Kodak expects people to fit over 4000 images on the devices internal memory. If you use a camera that takes photographs at around 10 megapixels, you will get around 170 pictures on the frame.
The quality of the images is really good when you are looking directly at it. The images are bright and crisp and it is a pleasure to look at them. However if you have the frame above eye level then the screen appears to be really dark. This is disappointing as depending on where you are stood in the room depends on what sort of image results you get.
The can show the same photo on the screen, or use the slideshow function. This has delays of the images changing every 5, 10 or 60 seconds. You can also set the slideshow to show the images in a shuffle sequence however this is not a random sequence but it is exactly the same every time you put it on. The 10 second option is the only one where you can fade out the images or have them moving differently.
In regards to cleaning the device, I always use microfiber cloths as these are soft and gentle on the screen and also grab the dust and take it away.
*How much does it cost to run*
The device will use about 2 watts a day if used for around 12 hours a day, going on the latest electricity prices, it will cost over the year; £2.20 to run. Not a bad price at all and works out cheaper than printing costs!
I would not recommend the frame; for the money it is not good value for money. You can get bigger screens that are better quality for less money. Kodak let me down, after trusting the brand for many years with my photographic needs, this next leap in digital photography has not been successful. I still have the frame and still use it but there are so many better devices out there on the market.
Summary: Is not worth the money; should be half the RRP.
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