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Topic # 56604 18-Jan-2010 19:25
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Hello members
I am looking for a good quality photo frame(willing to pay around 200.-+). I have seen a lot of them being 7" and some being eight.
Can someone recomend me a good brand? What are the advantages/disatvantages from some brands?
Any other details I should be aware of?

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  Reply # 290967 18-Jan-2010 21:13
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I have now bought a few photo frames for various friends. I really recommend you go and try different ones. The biggest issue tends to be with the user interface i.e. the buttons on the side or back. I bought a Samsung which I really liked the screen on but the user interface drove me nuts. The buttons were on the back and worked totally the reverse of the way my mind works - result epic frustration. I think the best interface is probably on the Kodaks with the quick touch border as you don't have to keep feeling for the buttons.

Sony also have really good screens but tend to be a bit more expensive. You also need to think whether you want Wifi, internal memory, etc. Also check the screen resolution. There are some fairly expensive frams out there with terrible screen resolution.  Final thing to think about is making sure your frame takes the card from your camera. Non-technical friends of mine bought a frame only to find it didn't take the micro-XD card from their camera. They can still get photos on through USB but the whole cable swapping fun means they don't use the frame much.

Have fun chosing...

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  Reply # 290968 18-Jan-2010 21:14
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I've bought two AVLabs 10" and 11" frames...for less than $200 each.  Really having figured out why you'd want to pay for a big named brand at $200 for 7".


Also have bought for others a 7" and 8" before, found 7" way to small, the 8" is a better size.

My latest (the 11) has wifi, and will read from Google Picasa Web Albums or from a uPNP server sitting on my network.  Quite a funky feature.




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  Reply # 290969 18-Jan-2010 21:15
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Ummm... lets see, Kodak has a fancy touchscreen on the border.

For $200 you could buy a 19" maybe even a 22" monitor and put windows slideshow on lol.

If you're set on the photoframe idea it's simply a matter of looking at a few in a store and judging quality vs. screen size vs. price. Some have really bad picture quality others are acceptable, use your eyes not their spec sheets.




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  Reply # 290979 18-Jan-2010 21:42
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The photo frame is for my wife.
Not a computer geek at all. So I would have to set it up and she then takes it to work, or other place.
Best would be if it can take usb stick or similar.
Sure a bigger screen the better though it should be of reasonable quality.

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  Reply # 290981 18-Jan-2010 21:45
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All that I have seen take SD card.

Some take usb, some have wifi as well.

One thing you may want to look for, and the branded ones may do it, is when you turn it on does it go directly to the photos and start playing, the 4 I've seen all require interaction before showing pictures...actually I lie, the first AVLabs I bought shows pictures on start up.




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  Reply # 291036 19-Jan-2010 06:24
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davidcole: All that I have seen take SD card.

Some take usb, some have wifi as well.

One thing you may want to look for, and the branded ones may do it, is when you turn it on does it go directly to the photos and start playing, the 4 I've seen all require interaction before showing pictures...actually I lie, the first AVLabs I bought shows pictures on start up.

Thanks!
I also had a look at the Avlabs and it looks promising.I'll go to the shops and have check them out.

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  Reply # 291044 19-Jan-2010 07:53
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Some Kodak frames consume a RSS feed - you can share your photos online and the frame will download the pictures over a WiFi connection automatically from your personal feed. Good if you want to keep the grandparents and other relatives always updated with new pictures, without them having to do anything.




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  Reply # 291046 19-Jan-2010 07:58
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freitasm: Some Kodak frames consume a RSS feed - you can share your photos online and the frame will download the pictures over a WiFi connection automatically from your personal feed. Good if you want to keep the grandparents and other relatives always updated with new pictures, without them having to do anything.


I saw one of these the other day, I'm sure it was $300 or something for an 8" Almost fell over seeing that....I can buy a 19" monitor for that cost.




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  Reply # 291053 19-Jan-2010 08:13
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No idea what they cost, but I'd wager the newer OLED photoframes look far better than the LCD ones, might be something to factor in.

Its a much more ideal medium for digital photo frames because of the wide viewing angle, true black and white reproductions and better colour contrast.




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  Reply # 291056 19-Jan-2010 08:16
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freitasm and davidcole
I also find the cost difference with a monitor somewhat outrageous. It is a relatively new hardware and lots of people like it,hence the pricetag. A notebook cost not that much more nowadays.
Sure a monitor would be great, though no help if people just like to have a frame with pictures. It is an item that a lot of people like and I bet most of them are not comp geeks.

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