Toolbox: Digital Photo Frames
Share your images with the digital take on a familiar photo frame
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.
Media Street DF-EM7VWBT
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.
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.