Product Type: Sony Digital Photo Frame
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Digital Photo Frame: Sony DPF-D1020
Member Name: OakTree
Advantages: Great picture quality, easy-to-use, stylish
I bought this digital photo frame as a treat for myself after we had redecorated the living room. I'd always wanted one and after browsing around a few stores I settled on this frame by Sony. It cost me £59.99 on Amazon which I though was quite reasonable when compared with the price of other digital frames and given that Sony are a high-quality brand.
--- The Look ---
The frame has a simple but stylish design which seems well-made. The glossy black frame is quite thick and has the silver Sony logo at the bottom and surrounds the large 10.2" LCD screen. The frame is quite weighty which makes it feel high-quality although it is still perfectly easy to move around. The frame also comes with a convenient remote control which saves having to make the epic walk from one side of the living room to the other!
--- Features ---
The frame has quite a versatile range of features. The internal memory of 2GB allows it to hold up to 4000 photos. This is a massive amount and I haven't even come close to approaching the limit (I currently have about 250 photos on mine). To keep things interesting there are 10 different slideshow patterns and 17 clock and calendar designs so you can change how you want to view things. Aside from photos the frame can also play videos which have been recorded on a digital camera. One of my favourite features is the ability to add background music by plugging in a USB stick or media card to import songs. I love just sitting and watching a set of photos go by while listening to a good song played over the top. The format of the photos must be JPEG, TIFF, BMP or RAW, music mp3 and video must be in Motion JPEG format. The frame also has an accurate smart sensor so that photos are automatically flipped to orient them into portrait or landscape as needed. The frame is quite energy efficient as it automatically switches to power-saving standby mode when the display isn't being used. Finally there is a search option to browse through stored photos and videos according to folders, events or tags. I imagine this would be a particularly useful if you had 4000 photos to look through!
--- Functionality & Usage ---
The quality of the picture is excellent. The screen is really quite large and the frame shows the photos in a lot of detail and really bright, stunning colour. You can still see the image clearly from across the room. I don't watch videos very often at all on the frame although they are also very good quality and play smoothly with no stopping or jerkiness.
It is easy to keep clean by giving it a wipe with a dry cloth and surprisingly doesn't attract much dust. The black colouring also means that any marks are hard to see although the smooth surface is very prone to accumulating fingerprints.
--- Summary ---
Overall, I'm really glad I bought this. Although I don't use it very often - mostly when we have friends round - when I do I'm always struck by how lovely the picture is. Not only is it great to look at but the range of features such as the clock and calendar make it a useful item to have around. I've never had any problems with the frame and it works exactly as it should so I would recommend.
Summary: A high-quality digital frame that makes photos look stunning - would recommend