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Monday, November 24, 2008

Toolbox: Digital Photo Frames

Share your images with the digital take on a familiar photo frame

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digital photo frames

Kodak EasyShare EX1011

Kodak offers frames up to 10 inches in size with WiFi support and the ability to automatically receive images from Kodak Gallery members via the Picture Mail feature. The EasyShare EX1011’s screen is a wide-aspect-ratio, 800 x 480 LCD with Kodak’s Light Management Film, designed for brighter viewing at wide angles. There are onboard slots for SD/MMC, MS, xD and CF cards, as well as USB and PictBridge ports for direct printing from the frame. Along with JPEG, the frame plays back movies in MOV, AVI and MPEG formats and supports MP3 music with built-in speakers. There’s an 8-inch version, as well. List Price: $249 (EX1011).

The eMotion line of frames from Media Street offers high-quality LCD displays in a variety of styles and sizes. From traditional wood frames to the futuristic eMotion DF-EM104BL, a 10.4-inch display with glowing blue lights along the edge of the frame, all models support still, video and music playback and read SD/MMC, CF, xD and MS card formats. The DF-EM7VWBT is a 7-inch frame with 128 MB of memory and Bluetooth support to send images directly from your phone. All Media Street frames include access to free downloadable professional photographs from its MyDigitalContent.com site. List Price: $159 and up.

digital photo frames

Media Street DF-EM7VWBT

Pandigital may not be a name with which you’re familiar, but it turns out some very highly regarded digital frames. The 15-inch PAN1502W02 is a 1024 x 768 resolution LCD that has 512 MB of memory along with support for SD/MMC, MS, xD, CF and USB flash drive support. File types are JPEG, MP3 and AVI (which can be listened to via the onboard stereo). The frame has Bluetooth and WiFi support, a built-in alarm clock and calendar, and comes with a remote control. Interchangeable wood frames are included to customize the look. List Price: $299.

The PanTouch models feature touch-sensitive screens in 10.4-, 8- and 7-inch sizes. All include the features on Pandigital’s standard frames, plus touch controls that are accessed by pressing on the matte area of the display. There’s 512 MB of storage on all sizes and support for WiFi, Bluetooth and USB. Touch controls around the edge of the screen allow you to turn photo album pages. These models include an alarm, a clock and a remote. List Price: $119 to $249.

digital photo frames

Pandigital PanTouch

Smartparts has a full range of frames, from 5.6 inches up to 32 inches. The SP8PRT is unique in that, along with the 800 x 600, 8-inch display, it has a built-in printer for outputting 4x6 prints of your choice. List Price: $279.

The SPX8WF offers the same-sized LCD as the SP8PRT, but drops the printer and adds WiFi with a built-in e-mail address book for sharing images, plus the ability to create picture albums for organizing your images. List Price: $149.

The SP3200 is a 32-inch-wide screen display with a resolution of 1366 x 768. It includes a remote control along with built-in speakers, handy for the onboard FM radio and alarm clock. All popular memory card formats, plus USB devices are supported. In addition to photos, the frame plays music and video files. List Price: $899.

digital photo frames

Smartparts SP8PRT

The SP3200WF drops the radio and clock, but adds WiFi support and full integration with Windows Live for sharing images stored in a Windows Live Photo Gallery. The frame self-configures for a wireless network, if available. Smartparts also has free software available for converting PowerPoint, PDF and other graphic files into a format supported by the frame. List Price: $999.


Calumet Photographic
(877) 692-3482
(734) 453-0300
(800) 235-6325
Media Street
(888) 633-4295
(925) 833-7898
(800) 442-1418


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