Product Type: Sapphire Digital Photo Frame
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An Oldie but a Goody
Member Name: northernlovely
Advantages: Decent build
Disadvantages: Limited storage, bulky charger
The Sapphire DPF-14S was my first digital photo keyring, bought about four years ago when they were quite expensive - I paid £20 which is a lot for a keyring, but it had great novelty value.
The keyring at the time was pretty impressive with it's 1.4 inch LCD colour screen and it's 102 x 80 resolution which was enough at the time given that digital cameras were also less powerful. It displays bright pictures (outdoor, beach, wildlife etc) better than dark indoor pictures (parties, night time shots) but overall the clarity was OK for what it was.
The Sapphire DPF-14S comes complete with a mini USB cable so you can put image files (JPEG, BMP, PHG, GIF) directly onto it. You can have it showing one photo, or scrolling through all the photos in alphabetical order. The keyring is charged with a (pretty chunky) AC adapter which is a bit of a bind (it would have been better if it had charged over USB whilst you were putting photos on it) but the battery lasts a good week on constant use.
It's a nice chunky keyring, you can get much smaller ones now, but it does take a lot of bashing about from your keys well and hasn't broken yet (despite looking a bit battered!).
That isn't to say that I would buy it now because I wouldn't. It's aged too badly and it only has 8MB of memory which by today's standards is tiny - it only holds 64 (small resolution) images. A Micro SD card can be purchased for £5 with 2GB on it these days which would hold thousands - this is a limitation of the old flash memory in the keyring (which also accounts for it's size).
Overall it was a good keyring back when I bought it but nowadays it's very very basic. You can pick up a decent digital display keyring for around a fiver now online, so obviously I'd recommend doing that. But if you lay your hands on one of these for any reason - rest assured that you have a reliable, if limited, older digital photoframe. Due to it's age there is no Windows 7 support, however as you can drag and drop over USB (1.1 which is slower than 2) I can't see it being a problem.
Technical Specifications (From manufacturer's website):
Model - 1.4" Pocket Digital Photo Frame
Display Size - 1.4" Diagonal
Resolution - 102(RGB) x 80
Internal Memory - 8MB flash - up to store 64 images
LCD Display Panel - 1.4" Liquid Crystal Display
Power - Rechargeable lithium battery.
AC Adapter - Input AC 100-240V 50-60Hz 3W
Output DC 5.2V 500mA
Support Format - JPEG, BMP, PHG, GIF
USB Device - USB 1.1
Photo Viewing - Single Photo Mode, Slide Show Mode
Certifications - FCC, UL, CE
Software Support - Windows ME, 2000, XP, Vista; Mac. OS X 10.2 above
I will give the Sapphire DPF14S a solid three stars out of five; it is dated but it was good for it's time.
Summary: Not one I'd buy now, but good for it's time
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