Product Type: Sony Digital Photo Frame
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IF ONLY MY MEMORIES COULD BE AS CLEAR AS THIS
Member Name: Tilda
Advantages: Great screen
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.
Summary: The perfect gift