This digital photo frame by Sony sits perched up on our mantle piece day in day out showing me happy memories and images of loved ones and for that reason alone i love this gadget. The DPF-D85 must be plugged in to work (look at it as being like a mini TV although it doesn't have to be plugged in at all times, more about that later) There is even a handy little remote control that comes with it. There is an easy to understand instruction manual included in the box so it's a quick and easy job to get this photo frame up and running. The frame itself has a shiny black surround again like you would find on a large LCD TV. Speaking of LCD that's what the screen is, it is an eight inch LCD and that must be the reason why the pictures are displayed so vividly and clearly on the screen. At the bottom of the glossy black photo frame there is also the Sony logo. The cool thing about this is it lights up and turns off if and when you want it.
There is a good quality stand that comes with the frame and it matches the Sony logo with it's silver toned colouring. There is some memory space built in to this frame which I was surprised and happy to find. But it is quite small at only 250mb but the manual says that means it can hold up to five hundred photos but the higher the quality of the photos I guess the less it will hold. The photos can be displayed in either portrait or landscape so it's up to you. I have displayed it both ways and regularly change it depending on what else I have on my mantelpiece.
There is a nice feature that if I move the frame from one way to the other the screen adjusts just like on an iPad. I like the fact that this frame can also be charged meaning I don't have to have the ugly wire trailing from it at all times. Plus there is a simple on off switch that helps me save power when I wont be there to enjoy the photographs. I have the little SD card that I just reviewed and this is pushed into this frame and that means I can have hundreds of more photos to look at throughout my day or if I use a large capacity card I can have thousands of photos to view. Imagine how many photo albums that would take and how crazy my home would look if I had to display them all each in an individual frame let alone how much money it would cost.
Seeing that I use an SD card to store and view my photos I rarely have to load them directly on to the frame from my computer. But in the time that I have it was a very easy process. I just connected the USB into the computer and the other end into the camera. I then had to choose, edit, crop and adjust them before transferring to the frame. When I give one of these as a gift I like to do all that work myself beforehand and give the frame fully loaded with meaningful photos ready to go. There is a great function that allows me to set cretin photos to cretin dates of the year. This is easy to do and when I gave this to my grandparents I had it set with my parents wedding day picture to appear on their anniversary, and for all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren's photos to appear on their birthdays and other special occasions. This is a lovely feature and not a week goes buy without my granny ringing up to say who's on the frame. A picture of me sitting in my highchair aged two and a half completely covered in chocolate after eating an Easter Egg would have popped up on Easter Sunday for example.
The remote control allows me to flick through the photographs or pays one that I would like to display for longer, and also allows me access to control the menu settings for slide shows and so forth. This frame not only works great (fantastic clear picture) but it allows me to enjoy photos all day long and all year long. It is easy to keep clean (as long as people don't touch the screen) all I have to do is give the frame a wipe with a cloth and the screen I use the same cleaning tissues I use for my LCD TV and laptop screen.
But the quality of the screen and the stunning style of the frame aside it's the happiness that it has brought my granny that makes me love this digital photo frame so much.
This is advertised to have "stylish, elegant design" and I absolutely agree with it. It's not fancy, just a simple black frame. I think it would also work well in the office because it looks so simple and sleek! Also comes with a remote which makes control easy.
It has 256MB memory which means you can store 500 photos if your photos are not too big. I would have liked it to have more memory because I have so many digital images built up over the years, but for now this would do. Aside from displaying photos, there are quite a few useful features as well. I will point out the ones I use the most
- There is a clock display, which I always find useful as I put this on my bedside table.
- Image search when you need to find a specific photo
- On/off timer which is essentially a bedtime mode for me
- It has this built in function which automatically rotates the photos for you
- Quite a few different display modes that you can choose from, all have different effects
Quality and ease of usage
The remote is functional and clear so it's easy to use. Set up is also very fast, I remember it took me no time at all. Picture quality is amazing, as I would expect from a Sony display. I haven't had any problem with this frame yet and I have used it for almost a year now... (which actually surprised me because I am usually not very impressed with Sony's product).
Point to note
There is no USB slot. I would have preferred if there was one, but I use my SD card to display pictures with the frame so it's okay as well. But just note this before you buy it because I think Sony wasn't very specific about the USB availability.
I got this as a gift a year ago so I am unsure of the price paid. Checked on amazon and it's currently standing at £143.90. Not cheap! Price-wise, I think there are cheaper alternatives that may be just as good as this digital frames.
Gave this 4 stars because to me, it's a little on the expensive side and it doesn't have a USB slot!
* 20.3cm (8") WVGA Clear Photo LCD (16:10 ratio)
* 256MB memory - Offers storage space for up to 500 photos
* Easy image search
* Smart orientation sensor
* LED illuminated Sony logo on bezel
WHAT IT DOES: Um, in a nutshell, it allows you to stuff it full of photos (up to 500) which it will then scroll though. You can choose to display it portrait or landscape (thanks to a little stand which is included). It covers off most photo formats, including JPEGs, TIFF, RAW and BMP.
PRICE: Between £695 and £99
GETTING YOUR PHOTOS ON THERE: Is incredibly easy - you have a choice as to how you go about this. You can attach a USB via your computer and transfer them that way or use your camera's memory card.
OTHER FUNCTIONS: The photo frame also features that much-needed addition to any beloved photo - a digital clock. Plus a calendar which can show specific photos on a particular day; so maybe a shot of your dustbin to remind you to put it out the following day.
QUALITY: Anything over 2 megapix will give you good quality images and most of my photos (from my 8 megapix camera) were wonderfully clear. I spent long seconds admiring each photo before it vanished and was replaced by another.
MY OPINION: As you may have already guessed, I am not a fan of the digital photo frame. It was given to me as a gift and, without wishing to sound ungrateful, I happen to find it the most annoying, soulless thing to have happened to the world of photography.
For me, I find it great fun sifting through my photos and choosing the best ones - not necessarily the ones that are perfectly composed or where everyone has their eyes open, simply those which resonate and bring me an 'oh, remember when' moment. Also, there is something wonderful about choosing a frame, then nestling it on the wall or on a windowsill, to provide an eclectic montage of a life well lived. By contrast, this digital photo frame provides a sterile, chuck 'em all in approach to what should be something that's special. Nowadays, thanks to digital cameras, we are able to take and save hundreds of photos - nevertheless, I still find that the majority of them, whilst okay to browse through from time to time, aren't especially great.
And so, there I sat with a digital frame capable of displaying 500 photos, wondering how on earth I was going to fill it. I could, admittedly, choose my favourite 10 - but then what a waste that would be; the Sony Sony DPF-D85 would feel unloved and under-used. After all, it had so much more (490 more) to give. And, arguably, if those photos meant so much to me anyway, I'd not want them being rotated at intervals, like the fifth or sixth favourite wife in a harem. No, I'd want them displayed permanently. Probably on a wall. So, I could add 50 or 100 but, let's face it, between me making dinner, putting my toddler to bed, catching up with the latest in Walford and having a little chat with my husband, I'd probably only be looking at the photo frame for, say, 5% of the time, in which case the photos I really like might already have been and gone. Some people might like the surprise-element of this - the fact you could wait a full week to see your favourite pic; but I'm more your immediate gratification sort of a gal. You do have the option to add folders and view by those (e.g. wedding pics, new baby pics, my kidney stone pics) but I honestly don't want to give that much thought on any given day to what's going on in a photo frame. For me, pictures should become part of the home, adding character and familiarity to it - I make enough decisions during the course of the day and whether I spend the evening looking at photos of my child or my cats shouldn't be another thing thrown into the mix. As such, no option was really working for me.
And then, worse still, there was that niggling Sony logo glowering back at me every time I glanced at a photo ... look, finally, there is the much-awaited photo of me holding my newborn in my arms for the first time - ah, how lovely, it's branded SONY. Honestly, that logo annoyed me beyond words.
CONCLUSION: If you really want a digital photo frame, then you'll do worse than opting for the Sony DPF-D85 - it holds a lot of photos (if that's your thing) and is very good quality. However, before you splash out for it, do consider whether you really have a need for something like this. If, like me, you have a manageable number of favourite photos and don't need to be rotating through 100s of options, then this (or any) digital photo frame is not money well spent - especially if you own an iPad which can be turned on its side and used in the same way. For me, personally, this is an technological leap too far and I'll stick to my old-fashioned frames, thank you very much.
The age of digital photographs is brilliant, everyone can take loads of pictures and choose from the best ones. The problem is that you are left with hundreds of photos that are expensive to print out and then once you've done that where do you keep them? Well digital photoframes solve this problem, allowing you to display as many photos as you like in a slide show. I have a couple of these frames, and my favourite is this Sony offering. Despite being expensive in comparison to the others (around £60 online) I really like the clarity of the pictures and am a bit of sucker for Sony products.
The frame is about the same size as a standard 6x4 photo frame and has a sleek black outline. Set up is straightforward, literally get out of the box, plug in and slide your camera's SD card. Then the frame cycles through all of your pictures. You can also plug in a USB flash drive and cycle through all your photos on there. If neither of these options suit then plug it into your computer and load pictures up from there, the memory holds around 500. The frame itself has some nifty features, including being able to rotate the pictures when you change it from landscape to portrait, so they are always the correct way up. It also has a built in timer so will switch itself automatically at night and remote control for when you are having a lazy sofa day.
All in all a very modern sleek way to showcase all of your family photos in one place.
This was one of the sleekest and nicest looking digital photograph frames that I looked at. I like that it has a fairly small surround, compared to some of the frames that I was considering. This therefore doesn't detract from your photographs.
It is easy enough to set up straight from the box, just pop your picture card in and away you go. It also comes with a small remote control.
It is mains powered only, which is really the only gripe that I have with it. You always have to have it near a plug socket, and obviously it has the mains wire trailing from it. I would have preferred it if it also had the option to power it with batteries. You could then display it anywhere that you wanted to, and also I guess you could use it whilst travelling, again if you wanted to do this.
I received this digital photo frame as a gift and to be honest I was a bit sceptical as I thought that it was just another gadget that would be used for a while then end up in drawer. I am happy to have been proved wrong as the frame is proudly on display and will stay there for the foreseeable future.
The frame is very easy to set up, all you have to do is insert the memory card from your camera and there you have it, your fondest memories are on display. You can also connect the frame to your pc using a USB cable, both methods are easy to use and the photos are uploaded to the frame relatively quickly. I currently have around 250 photos on the frame, though I think it holds up to 500
The frame is black and modern looking and with an 8 inch display photos can be easily seen while it is sitting on the coffee table.
The best feature of the photo frame is the great quality of the pictures, meaning that your pictures are clear, crisp and natural looking.
The smart search function means that you can easily search through photos, allowing you to pick a specific photo which means that you can tailor your photo display to a particular guest or occasion.
The frame will automatically adjust depending on the orientation of the picture, so your pictures will always be displayed the right way up.
For those lazy days, the frame has a remote which means that settings can be adjusted from the comfort of your sofa.
The auto timer also allows you to set the frame to turn off automatically at night.
I am very happy with this frame and I feel like it's a great way to display a wide range of photos that might otherwise not have made it off the computer.
I purchased this photo frame following a trip abroad. i looked at many models and found then to be a little cumbersome. However this particular Sony model is far from clumbsy! It has a sleek black appearence and the frame is about 0.8 cm thick. There is a wider part to the unit but this is discretely hidden at the back of the machine and is invisiable from most angles. Sony have obviously considered the appearence of this photoframe as you can even choose whether or not to illuminate the Sony trademark. It automatically changes the orienation of the pictures being viewed as you cange the orientation of the fram. There are many options. these include: Different transitions, different timings, accomodates all memory card types, internal memory that holds at least 100 pics (that is how many i have on). you can also set the frame to be a clock. the pictures remain in view but there is also a clock (choice of digiatal or analogue). in the same vein, you can set the frame as a calander, with the picture in view alongside a calendar that can by week, month or year view. There is a handy remote control that measures 6cm by 3cm. From the renmote you can access all menus and options however you do need to have the eyesight of a hawk to read them from the comfort of your chair! With this in mind I find the remote useful for moving pictures on rather than altering the settings. to do this i find it easier to sue the neatly placed buttons that are discretely placed on the left hand side of the unit. The is a standby LED at the back of the machine that turns green when tje unit is on.
In my office on my desk alongside my hand cream, lip balm and my treasure Ryan Giggs figurine I had a mass of photographs of my wedding day, my husband, my three cats, my god children, my nephew and my niece and as you can imagine it was getting a little bit cluttered. I like to make my desk homely with lots of mementoes and with limited space by wonderful hubby solved the problem for me, a digital photo frame.
I am not the techiest of people I'll hold my hands up to that, but I am quite good at getting things to work even if I reluctantly have to follow the instructions. So armed with my new photo frame which is the Sony DPF-D85 I am ready to sort my desk out and make it a little less cluttered and a bit more up to date and modern - hopefully although I did spend hours sorting through photographs to upload!
This photo frame is marketed as being a "Digital photo frame with superb picture quality and smart features" and it comes in a cardboard box which I was expecting to be a little bigger in size, but anyway, neatly and securely wrapped in bubblewrap inside is my photo frame and whilst the box weighs 1.4kg which is quite hefty, the photo frame itself weighs a mere 581g which is relatively light. Inside the box is a mains charger, a remote control, the photo frame and an instruction booklet which I actually found to be quite helpful.
To look at, this photo frame is actually quite sleek and stylish I think and the shiney black border which surrounds the actual photo screen is an LCD screen which is 8 inches in size, blends and fits in quite well amongst my PC, PC Screen and telephone. The branding Sony is also clearly visible in white lettering in the bottom centre of the frame and the reason it is white lettering is because it is LED illuminated and the writing disappears as soon as your photo frame is moved into the portrait position. The memory on the photo frame is 250mb and it states it can hold up to 500 photos, mine currently has around 300.
When it comes to the photo frame it is really easy to stand it up without having to support it because it comes with a lovely little stand that you attach to the photo frame with minimum effort and it is silver coloured, similar to the Sony lettering that has been previously mentioned. However with this frame you can choose whether or not to stand it in a landscape position or portrait position so that your photographs can be shown in two different ways and this is done by a smart sensor to give it its technical title, whichever way up you pose this photo frame, the smart sensor inside works it out automatically flips the photos to mirror how the frame has been stood on its surface but it does need to be placed on a totally flat surface to get the best out of it. Then to ensure it is fully working you need to plug the charger into the wall to give it some life, but it doesn't need to be on charge the whole time, once it is fully charged you can turn the charger off and then only charge it up again once it is needed too. With this photo frame though is an on and off switch, so if you remember to turn if off when you are leaving work for the day and then turn it back on once you return to your office and in doing so you shouldn't have to charge it more than once a week, although it does depend on how long you have it running for of course.
So with the technical bits out of the way the digital photo frame is compatible with JPEG photos which is probably the format in which most people are most comfortable with but it also accepts the follow formats TIFF, BMP and RAW as well using your memory card from your camera and adding to that it also supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, SD, Memory stick duo, XD and SDHC naturally I don't know what half of them are and don't use those formats anyway but I think it is Sony's way of covering all the possibilities.
So with that established getting your photos, of which is can store up to 500 at anyone time, onto the photo frame is something that had always confused me before I owned one and now it is so obvious I feel quite silly for wondering how it works, anyway to transfer your photos onto your photo frame is a really easy process, but you do have a number of options, you can either plus a USB cable into your computer and then into the photo frame and transfer the photos that you most want onto your frame by transferring them to the frames internal memory, as soon as your USB is connected to both the computer and the frame it will instantly recognise the two and give you a list of options on transferring and placing the photos, which again is really simple. If you choose not to use a USB cable to transfer photos from your computer you can also use your cameras memory card, which is also how I have transferred photos. With both methods of transferring you'll find that as soon as your memory card/USB is inserted or connected into the right slot the photo frame recognises the memory card and promptly displays its contents on to the photo screen and you are then given further options of viewing the photos and selecting the ones you want. At this stage it is worth pointing out that the options given are quite limited with regards to selecting your photographs, but you either want it to feature or you don't so really the options are not overly complicated.
So once you have selected the 500 pictures that you want to have on your photo frame you can now have a look at what they look like and I found that uploading them into the photo frame was quite quick to do and whilst mine holds around 300 photographs currently it took me less than half an hour to get them on there. When looking at your photos on the screen in front of you, the first thing you need to remember that the images on your photo frame will only be as good as the camera taking them, so I was told that anything over 2 mega pixels is recommended for this and as my camera is a 10 mega pixel camera then I have no problems with my photographs, each and every one of them is crystal clear on the screen in front of me.
This photo frame also features a clock, which is digital and you can always see the time if you choose to have this function on your photo frame and there is a calendar which can be used to show particular photos on that day, this is something I have just set up, admittedly with only one photograph so far of my nephew to remind me on his birthday that it is his special day and so I can ring him. Also on the photo frame you can also set up your own slideshow and organise your photos in the order that you want to show them and if you can be bothered to get up from your chair or reach across your desk, this is when the handy little remote control springs into action because you can control every aspect of the photo frame by using it. I do use the remote control on a regular basis, whether it is to find a photo I want to look at, go back to a photo or set it up to run a particular slide show. So, should you get a little bored of watching your photo's you can add a little entertainment into your life by using extra features on the photo frame such as creating Folders - you can choose to create a folder to keep your photos in, I have one titled Wedding on mine and in that are all the photos of my wedding and should I be feeling nostalgic and want to reminisce then I simply select that particular folder and the photo frame will just show those photos. Likewise I have a folder made up of certain events in my life, certain people and even one of my cats, so at any time during the day I can just focus on those photos. Again to set this up is really simple and the instruction booklet is really good at helping you to do this.
This Sony D85 photo frame is widely available and retails at anything from £65 right up to £99 depending on where you shop and it is only available in black. It is quite pricey for a photo frame if you compare it to similar ones that are now available but in terms of quality you do get what you pay for with Sony but purchasing it depends on how often you are going to use it and where you are going to use it. If it is simply going to spend most of its time in a box or on a shelf where no one can see it then spending up to £100 seems to me to be a lot of money, whereas if you are intending to have it on display the whole time and use it regularly. Keeping it clean is also not an issue because it essentially wipes clean, naturally it is going to attracts finger prints when you are picking it up and placing it back down, but a damp cloth solves those problems for you.
So far all I have are positive things to report about this photo frame, it is brilliant and I love it. My desk has been revamped since it was introduced and is now a lot less cluttered and it makes my day much more interesting and I do sometimes get distracted looking at my photos whilst at work, but they also cheer me up if I am feeling stressed or blue. I particularly like the fact that it is easy to use and easy to get up and running and that it is not a high maintenance piece of machinery that I am going to get bored of anytime soon. Every time I have someone in my office they also ask me about my photos, so it is also a focal point as well as a reminder. The main thing for me though is that I get to keep my treasured photos with me at all times, if I am away on holiday or off work, I can pack up my photo frame and take it home with me. I also love the fact that I can decide how to store my pictures and display them and for me this was a perfect gift and something I would happily buy for others, although I would probably shop around on the pricing to get a better deal.
In my business as a professional photographer I of course sell the images I take in many forms such as in prints or on canvasses or gifts but I also sell a lot of digital media with the photos I take already on them such as digital photo key rings and frames, when it comes to digital frames I sell only the ones I trust which are the Sony ones and in the main the Sony DPF-D85 which I own two of personally too.
There are many reasons I choose this particular frame and those include its incredible good looks and its multi functionality.
Looks wise the Sony DPF-D85 is a shiny, glossy piano black frame with the Sony logo on the bottom, some find the logo off putting but for me it enhances the look of the frame and allows others to see you are using a quality brand.
The functionality of the frame I will need to go into in a bit more length so here goes.
Ok for anyone that doesn't know, a digital photo frame is a frame that you can upload your photos too and then watch as the frame flicks through them one by one at a speed you can set yourself, weel at least you can with most frames, this one included.
This particular frame supports still image formats BMP, JPEG, TIFF and RAW, you will rarely if ever come across images in a different format from these so pretty much everything is covered. The memory cards supported by this frame are Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, SD, Memory stick duo, XD and SDHC, so again pretty much everything taken care of here too.
The display format of this Sony frame is 800X480 which is one of the higher in the range and certainly better than cheaper brands, the play back image resolution is 8000X6000 so this frame does allow you to enjoy your photos as they are meant to look and not too compressed to have their true colours and exposure.
The frame can be connected to a laptop or PC via USB to allow direct download of images you may have on your computer already. The frame has an internal memory of 256MB but of course you can use the card of your choice to upgrade this to anything up to 8GB.
I find the upload speed to this frame to be excellent, I can upload around 40, 14 megapixel images at around 8MB each in around about 90 seconds, which is pretty much as fast as uploading them to my laptop so very impressive.
Now a lot of these functions and features can be found on most digital frames these days so what makes the Sony DPF-D85 special? Well for me there are a few things that really stand out the first being that this frame has a thing known as a smart orientation sensor which means that instead of having to flip your images into either landscape or portrait format before uploading, the frame detects which way up a photo should be and shows it the correct way.
It also supports easy image search technology which allows you to search for a specific image to display if you wish to show a friend, it does this by searching either for a date, folder or name that you ask for.
Another thing I like which is just a clever gimmick really is that if you choose to use the frame in portrait position, (ie) vertical rather than horizontal, you are not left with the Sony brand name reading up and down the way and looking silly, instead the Illuminated Sony branding just disappears when you flip the frame!
Over and above all these gimmicks and features I find the simple clarity of the screen and the reproduction of colours and contrast to be the main selling point of this frame. When you view your images on this frame they look stunning, colours are always vibrant and the high contrast of the Sony screen means that everything looks at its very best.
This frame also comes with a remote control so you can view the images, search the images or turn off and on from the comfort of your chair, it really is a superb digital photo frame and although more expensive than many on the market it is worth every extra penny and more.
I bought these at a lesser cost of £59.99 each as I bought them in bulk (40 of them), in the shops these retail at around the £90 mark although I have seen them on offer at £74.99 on Amazon in the past. I have two of these in my home, one in my living room and one in my home studio, I have sold more than 20 of these to my customers and have never received a comeback from them nor have I had any trouble with either of my own two, leading me to believe that these are well built and very reliable as well as high in viewing quality.
One worry I had with these was the glossy black glass and the screen being very prone to fingerprints, this didn't matter in my studio as the kids don't go in there unless being photographed but in my living room I knew their sticky fingers would be all over it but I need not have worried because the screen is coated and one wipe leaves it clean and streak free.
I feel very confident about selling these to my customers and very confident about recommending them to friends, another great product from Sony.
LOOKS - 10/10
BUILD QUALITY - 10/10
EASE OF USE - 9/10
SCREEN QUALITY - 10/10
FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES - 9/10
VALUE FOR MONEY - 10/10
OVERALL - 10/10
Thanks for reading.