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Anyone have experience with a Digital Photo Frame (one that does not require a computer or phone line feed, but instead uses a memory card)? I am interested to understand the quality of display, prices, general info about where to look etc. Sorry if I am posting in the wrong spot!
09-29-2005, 10:07 PM
I own 3 and have a freind with more. If you can find one on eBay I highly recommend the Kodak Smart frame. It is easily the most attractive in the roughly 5" diagonal. It takes a CF card. Originally Kodak had a Cevia-like service which they killed off. The frame could always take a CF card, but new firmware is needed to make it not want to phone home. The software is easily found on the web. If the frame you buy has NEVER been used with the Kodak service it will behave a bit better than one that has. The Kodak is nice as it has a real time clock and can be set for on/off times. Too bad the clock lacks a backup battery as even a power flicker seems to reset it to midnight (your on/off times survive). I got both my Kodaks for ~$200.
The other small frame that is a decent deal is from Ziga and I have seen them on Newegg.com (and a few other sites). It is about the same size as the Kodak, but futuristic looking. The image quality is good, but I find it a little over saturated. It accepts a bunch of media types, has a remote and can also play MP3 and some movie formats. No real time clock and my friend cannot figure out how to get a slide show to repeat for more than a single cycle. It was about $170. They also seem to make larger frames as the box indicated there is a 7" diagonal, but I have not found it in the US.
I have seen a few others lately online, but not in person. There was at least one brand that also functioned as a TV monitor.
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