This photo frame stands out from the crowd with its functionality & looks. Photo frames have become a firm favourite for birthday/christmas presents and with the DPF-D70 you have a winning present. I researched a number of photo frames when choosing one for my wife and compared them on a number of criteria. In the end, there was only one winner as I purchased the Sony, but had to take it back as my in-laws had purchased the exact same photo frame the day before.
There are a number of reasons for choosing this photo frame. Firstly, it's the looks. The frame has a very smooth black finish with the edges of the picture seamlessly merging with the outer casing. The width of the frame is perfectly proportioned to the size of the picture and the back of the photo frame looks just as good. A smart stand and the same sleek look.
Operationally, the frame is just as good. As it accepts sony photo cards directly, all you have to do with your holiday snaps is transfer the card into the photo frame. You then have a series of options as to how you would like the photos displayed. You can choose from a variety of features such as showing one photo at a time or a slideshow. For ease of operating the frame, you get a little remote to help you along.
The quality of the screen is very good. It is bright and is easy to see even in sunlight. All in all, this is a great product if you're in the market for a good photo frame.
Easy to use, clear and bright pictures, if your camera is set up with correct time and date you can have this information shown alongside the picture. The frame looks and feels quality. The best price I found for this was at Amazon and the delivery service works well. It usually arrives within 3-5 working days free of charge.
I have compared several photo frames and this is simply head and shoulders above the competition. No pixellation, always rotates pics correctly, good resizing, nice frame quality, good features for auto startup etc. Worth 5 stars, even if the remote control is absolutely useless but who needs that anyway!!! This item allows the customer to view their photographs in full colour and allows anyone to relive those precious moments and home. The frame is quite stylish too and would definately look well at home in both a contemporary home and a more country home.
This photo frame made it's appearance in our household as a birthday present for my mother and I have to say, I was impressed from the outset. As we took it out the box it looked very sleek and felt asthough it was well made. Without realising it had its own built in memory I stuck all the pictures on a 2GB SD card which was picked up for a couple quid.
Upon powering on the photo frame, the first impressions were, WOW! The photo clarity really is amazing and I feel you'd be hard pushed to find a better performer. It might not be the biggest frame around but the display really does make up for that!
The frame has a wide range of different display options including the normal brightness settings etc but also the actual slideshow properties themselves such as displaying the photos in random order, with a clock, with a calendar etc.
This photo frame is a really impressive piece of kit but then again it is in the upper price range!
My birthday has just passed and everyone that i know was asking me for ideas for what they can get me as a pressie, but i had no idea what i wanted.
While at a party at my Aunties house i noticed that she had this digital photo frame, and thought it was a great idea. I have photos all over my room of friends and family, and departed loved ones, so i though that it would make sense to have all of the photos in one frame rather than them taking over most of my room.
So yesterday my other half bought me this frame and i am really surprised with the quality of the display and also how easy it was to use.
So what is it then? This is a digital photo frame that is 7" in size, and has a built in internal memory that can supposidly hold up to 500 photos, and there is an option to use memory cards so that the photos can be easily swapped around, just by changing the card over.
There are alot of different settings that come with this photo frame, and one really great feature is that you have a remote with this so that you can change the settings from the comfort of your chair. The photos can be set to change in different time scales from 10 seconds up to 24 hours. At the moment i have mines changing every 10 seconds. There is also the option to have the pictures changing in different styles too like, fade, slates etc. There is also the option to have the pictures in single view, or for a few of them to come up together on one page.
When you are not using the frame to view your photos on there is the option to have the screen as a clock, with the time and date on it.
One really smart feature that this frame has is that, you can turn the frame either vertical or horizontal, and there is an orientation sensor that will change the way that the picture will be displayed.
So how easy is this to use? Well in one word, simple! All i had to do was to use a data cable, that was not provided might i add. One end is in the frame and the other end goes into the computer so that the files can be transferred over, by clicking and dragging the photo into the appropriate folder. There was no software that had to be added to the computer either, it was basically just plug and play as it were.
The quality of the pictures once they are loaded onto the frame are really clear, as long as the photo is clear, for example if the photo that you have taken is blurry then the photo on the frame will be blurry too.
There is also a Sony logo on the frame that is really bright, but luckily in the menu there is an option to turn this off as it can be really annoying if you use this as a clock at night which i do.
My other half bought this out of Comer, and this was the cheapest place that we could find this, it was £79.99, which was a great deal as other places had this same frame for anywhere between £90- £100.
Over all i would say that this frame is really great and was a brilliant invention, i have minimised the amount of photo frames in my room and the fact that it has a dual use of a clock is even better, since we got rid of our video that had an LED clock on it, this has come in handy so i actually know what the time is in the middle of the night.
Having wracked my brains for something to get my wife for her birthday, I remembered that in the dim and distant past she'd said, 'Oo, I quite fancy one of those", 'one of those' being a digital photo frame.
She's currently getting pretty damned good with her holiday photography, using a facility like PhotoBox to create bound albums, calendars and the like, thus opening up a whole new source of present-giving opportunities, not to be sniffed at with Christmas coming.
The trouble is with albums like these, you don't tend to put all your photos in them, preferring to showcase what you consider to be the best of the bunch.
Unlike printed photos, the rest just stay mouldering away on disk, in the same way that more hours of TV programmes get recorded that actually get watched in playback.
A means to run them all as a slideshow would be nice, and that's what digital photo frames excel at.
I don't suppose I did myself any favours by buying the Sony DPF-D70 from John Lewis in Kingston, price-wise, but it was the last shopping Saturday before her birthday, so an element of desperation was creeping in. Parting with close on one hundred smackers does indeed appear to be about £10 over the top - so much for 'Never Knowingly Undersold'.
My very first impression was 'My God, isn't the box heavy?'
Refreshingly, the packaging was an ingenious fold of cardboard with not a hint of blown foam to dispose of, so it was all immediately recyclable.
Contents were quite simply the frame itself, the AC adapter built into a UK plug, the remote control and the manual.
UPON SWITCH ON
This would have to be my first impression of any importance.
'It's not going to have that *@?>ing great SONY logo lit all the time is it?'
Well, no it isn't as it now appears, but the facility to turn it off is buried two layers deep in the menu. I don't mind my TV having a Sony logo at its base, but that's not illuminated. I can't think why you'd want a logo on a photo frame anyway. The frame is a flush acrylic slab, with a gloss black rim - other colours are available. Any controls are discrete push buttons hidden just behind the rim.
The first thing you're going to be itching to do is load some photos. Luckily, we were fresh back from my wife's birthday treat in Paris, so we had some fresh ones to look at. Loading the SD card straight from my wife's Canon IXUS 700 was a doddle. A few clicks on various menu items later and we were showing her pictures off to their advantage, with a sequence of assorted 'fades'. The frame doesn't actually have to USE the prints in the chip, and once loaded, it can be taken away. Since the camera is a 7-megapixel version, and the frame has a perfectly adequate 640*480 definition, it scales the pictures down until 640*480 is the best definition. After all, there's no point in loading 3.5 megapixel files into something that only needs 1.3 megapixels to show off its capabilities. This also means that the 256 megabytes of internal RAM can hold a shed-load of photos, possibly as many as 500 with little quality loss*, although 100 seems about the norm.
*You are after all only viewing on a 7" screen.
The frame will accept a wide range of the current camera chips, from the larger Compact Flash as in my Nikon D70 to minuscule Memory Sticks (Sony's format) and xD-Picture cards.
In all of these cases, it will downscale over-large files.
There is ONE exception. When connected to a PC via its USB port, it does not scale down photos, being merely a slave drive of the connected PC. Therefore, if your camera creates very large files, expect to fit less into the photo frame.
The first thing most people are going to do is run a 'slideshow' of the loaded photos. This might sound like a great idea, particularly with friends round to bore with your latest holiday photos! However, it's a little like leaving the TV on when you've got guests, or having a TV in a pub. It's just plain distracting.
Now that I know it works, I think I'd rather select my 'picture of the day', and leave it displayed - you can always use the remote control to move on to the next one. This also gives you the opportunity to turn the screen on end to give a full frame view of a portrait, rather than an ineffectual stripe down the middle of the landscape format which is what happens when running a slideshow of mixed formats. Somehow, like some digital cameras, it can tell when it is upended. In most cases, it can tell an 'upended' photo fresh from the camera and run it correctly.
Personally, I'm going to segregate portraits from landscapes in a special folder on my PC and load them from there - using the camera chip directly is too indiscriminate, although you can delete undesirable shots.
Picture quality is excellent and colours are rich without being gaudy.
When you are through with watching photos, it becomes a very presentable analogue or digital clock, with or without calendar.
You can even set up a combination screen with a slideshow, clock and calendar. At first, I couldn't work out why the time kept jumping around until I realised that it was picking up the date and time data from each photo - better check that the clock is right in your camera! You can also set it to run current time settings only.
The screen format of 15:9 is almost widescreen-telly in proportions, and suits some cameras better than others. My wife's Canon is strictly a 4:3 job, whereas my Nikon allows for a wider screen format - however, they can all be made to occupy the whole screen with a 'fit to screen' mode. This does not distort the image, giving chubbier faces from my wife's camera, but rather seems to trim top and bottom, retaining the proportions of what is left.
If I have any, they're small. It has no means of working on batteries, so taking to my desktop PC to use the USB connection also involves finding yet another mains outlet spare; no mean feat near a PC.
Being yet another low voltage device, even switched off, there's a mains adapter still using a minute amount of current to unplug.
Still, not much to moan about for what is a very smart addition to the lounge (after I found out how to turn that logo off)
Well I should be grateful that it solved yet another birthday dilemma, and it does look more expensive than it is (even at JL's price!).
I'm not sure we'll be using it every night, but it beats what's on telly a lot of the time!