Advantages Inexpensive, reasonable quality, easy to use, simple to upload photos from Windows computers
Disadvantages Few features, tricky to upload photos from a Mac
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We’re not generally what my younger son calls ‘early adopters’ of new technology. So, although I had seen one or two digital photo frames by the end of 2008, it really hadn’t occurred to me that we would ever have one ourselves. I take thousands of photos, have a selection printed for albums, and a very small number enlarged to go in frames. But the majority stay, unnoticed, in archive form on my hard drive.My younger son decided that he wanted to give us something different for Christmas to make up for his not coming home that year. He didn’t have a lot of money, being a student, but decided that, if at all possible, he would buy us a digital photo frame. He researched the available options and read several reviews. Then, from amongst those in his budget, he chose the Mustek PF-A702B.
- Photos are uploaded and shown via a standard SD card, the same as the ones we use in our digital cameras.- It was on special offer at Play.com!
One or two of the photos looked a little strange, but we quickly realised that this was because the format of the frame - 16x9 ratio - was not the same as our normal print ratio. The effect was of a made-for-TV film ‘stretched’ to fit a wide-screen television. Happily, however, one of the buttons on the top allowed us to adjust this, enabling us to see the photos as they were meant to be.
Uploading photos from a Mac computer is not so straightforward, unfortunately. It’s easy enough to move them onto the SD card when plugged into the computer; unfortunately Macs put extra information into the directory making them unviewable on the frame. We learned about this after becoming increasingly annoyed at the problems we were experiencing, and finally Googled to see if anyone else had experienced this problem. When we realised what was happening, my husband was able to use a non-standard editor to remove the extra information, and the photos then worked perfectly.However, since my little Windows Netbook computer has a card-reader, I generally use that to upload pictures to the digital photo frame, as it’s so much easier!
Of course it’s entirely possible simply to remove an SD card from a camera, and plug it straight into the photo frame, to see whatever has been taken recently, although it doesn’t work so well with cards larger than 1 gig. Moreover, if the photos are bigger than about a megabyte, they’re quite slow to load in the photo frame. This is frustrating as it can take a long time to see them all.
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