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Back in December last year my local camera shop was running an excellent promotion. If you purchased a Nikon Coolpix camera you would get a free photo frame upto the value of £50. There are many of these frames to choose from ranging from as low as £25 for a 7” frame upto and above £80 for this Sony frame.
After looking at the different frames available I decided I would choose the Sony. It was the most stylish of them all and the picture quality was stunning. I added an extra £30 to the £50 rebate to purchase the Sony frame.
Setup and Installation. When I got home I took the frame out of the well packed box. It came complete with a transformer to power the frame and also a remote control should you wish to use it. The instruction manual was brief but outlined the instructions with clear images to support the setup.
When you first switch the frame on the screen comes alive and at the bottom of the frame the Sony logo illuminates brightly in a white light. This is offset nicely against the piano black colour of the frame and in my opinion it looks fine, if however you don’t want this to be there you can turn the logo off so you simply have your piano black frame.
Now that the frame is on it’s time to add your photos! The frame resolution is 640x480 and it does a remarkable job of showcasing photos and reflecting the true colours of the original photo. One of my big bug bears was purchasing a cheaper frame that would not replicate the colours and detail that my SLR camera achieves. The Sony frame has not let me down!
Photo’s can be added and displayed through a number of ways. You can add the card from your camera straight into the side of the frame. There are slots for SD,compact flash, xd and memory stick. You simply push the chip into the side of the frame and the photos will be ready to be accessed. You can choose to either download the images to the frame or play them from the chip. If you choose to download the images then after a simple navigation through the menu you can download them into the internal 256MB memory. This then allows you to take your media back and use it in your camera.
You can also add photos direct from your PC to the frame. This is achieved with a simple USB cable and the images can be added to the frame as if it was an external hard drive.
Using the frame The frame has a number of features that I make use of. First of all is the timer. I set the frame to turn on in the morning and off again at night. Saving energy when there is nobody there to see the pictures!
There is also an option on how you wish to display the images. They can either be static and manually moved between through the buttons on the frame or using the remote control. I prefer to use the slideshow feature which allows all of my photos to rotate every few seconds. Some people find this distracting and I guess it is down to personal taste. I like to see all of my pictures with minimum fuss so the slideshow works well for me.
You can also choose to have a clock and calendar feature as part of the frame. You may choose to have a split screen with the photo and the time, or have the clock appear instead of a photograph as part of the slideshow. The opportunities are endless!
In conclusion The frame fulfils its needs. It is a high quality digital photo frame that displays photos to a high standard. It is also a brilliant addition to your living room, office desk etc and will provide a talking point or two!
Frame was purchased from London Camera Exchange December 2008 and still going strong!