Product Type: Sony Digital Photo Frame
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A sterile, soulless way to display your photos
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Advantages: Holds lots of photos; good image quality
Disadvantages: Quite a clinical way to display photos
* 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.
Summary: Does anyone REALLY need 500 photos on rotation?
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