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Final Thoughts

Five Digital Photo Frames Reviewed
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Four of the five photo frames included in this roundup had the same 16:9 widescreen LCDs with 480x234 pixel resolution. For these frames, image quality really isn’t a differentiator - they all used low resolution screens that produced images of about the same quality. It’s really the features [CME1]that differentiate the products, and each has some unique capabilities. The Kodak frame supports Pict Bridge so that you can print your photos directly to a Pict Bridge capable printer. And it comes with some easy-to-use software to organize and edit your images. The Pandigital frame has a nice assortment of features including a remote control, a video player that could play 640x480 30 FPS video shots from our test camera (Canon SD550) and a slide shuffle feature. Running on six AA batteries as well as video output to a TV are the unique features on the SmartParts frame, but we found the menus somewhat difficult to use. Aesthetically, it’s the least likely to find a home in a living room.

The Westinghouse frame, which offered a subset of the Pandigital’s features, had the unique MosaicView that creates a multi-image collage of images for a slide show.

The Philips photo frame is the most expensive product in our roundup, but it is the undisputed winner when it comes to image quality. The high-resolution 720x480 LCD screen, though measuring only 6.5" (diagonal) gives it a clear advantage in image quality over the other four products.

Features Table

Kodak EasyShare SV710 Pandigital 7" Philips PhotoFrame 7FF1CM1
Image Quality (after adjustment) 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
Ease of Use 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5
Diagonal Measurement 7" 7" 6.5"
Display Size (H x D) 6.1" X 3.4" 6.1" X 3.4" 5.4" X 3.6"
Display Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 3:2
Display Resolution 480 X 234 480X234 800 X 480 (720 X 480 Viewable)
Overall size 9 1/2" X 6 7/8" X 1 5/8" 10" X 7 3/8" X 1 3/4" 8 1/4" X 6 1/2" X 1 1/4"
Shows Still Images, Video and Audio Still Images, Video and Audio Still Images
Internal Memory None 128MB 12MB
File Types Supported JPEG, MPEG1, MPEG4, MOV, AVI, MP3 JPEG, MPEG1, AVI, MP3 JPEG
Power Options AC only AC AC/Built in rechargeable battery
Memory Cards SD, MMC, CF, MS, XD, USB Flash, Microdrive SD, MMC, CF, xD, Memory stick (+ Duo and Pro Duo) and USB Flash SD MMC, CF, MS, Memory Stick Pro
USB Connection Yes Yes Yes
Remote Control Yes - 21 button Yes - 12 button No
Brightness Control Yes Yes Yes
Contrast Control Menu Item No Yes No
Adjust Image Proportions to Fit Screen Yes Yes Yes
Image-to-Image Transitions Wipe (L, R, Up, Down), Wipe (top left/right, bottom left/right,) Door (close/open) Bars (vertical/horizontal), Random Fade, Shutter, Cross Comb, Mask, Brick, Dissolve, Random None, Random, Fade, Slide, Scroll, Snake
Slide Show Speed 3, 10, 30 Seconds; 1, 5, 15, 60 minutes 3, 5, 10, 30, 60 sec. < 5 sec, 5-10, 30 sec, 1,5,30 minutes 1,4, 12 and 24 hour
Slideshow Shuffle No Yes Yes
Video Repeat No Yes N/A
Music Repeat No Yes N/A
Copy File to Internal Memory N/A Yes Yes
Delete File from Internal Memory N/A Yes Yes
Rotate Image In Internal Memory N/A Yes Yes
Zoom Image In Internal Memory N/A Yes No
Changeable Language Setting Yes (15 languages) Yes (7 languages) Yes (9 languages)
Wireless Capability No No No
Changeable Frames Yes (additional frames optional) Yes No
Stand Permits Horizontal or Vertical Orientation Horizontal or Vertical Orientation Horizontal or Vertical Orientation
Wall Hanging Holes Yes (horizontal and vertical) Yes (horizontal only) None
Smart Parts SPDPF70P Westinghouse DPF 702
Image Quality (after adjustment) 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
Ease of Use 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5
Diagonal Measurement 7" 7"
Display Size (H x D) 6.1" X 3.4" 6.1" X 3.4"
Display Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9
Display Resolution 480X234 480X234
Overall size 8 1/2" X 5" X 1 1/4" 8 7/8" X 6 1/8" X 1 5/8"
Shows Still Images, Video and Audio Still Images, Video
Internal Memory None 128MB
File Types Supported JPEG, MP3, WMA, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, DIVX, RMP4, XVID, AVI JPEG, AVI Motion-JPEG, MPEG 1, MPEG 4
Power Options AC or 6 AA batteries (not included) AC
Memory Cards SD, MMC, CF, MS, XD, USB Flash CF / MD / MS / MS Pro / MS Duo / MS Pro Duo / SD / MMC / XD
USB Connection Yes Yes
Remote Control Yes - 11 button No
Brightness Control Yes Yes
Contrast Control Menu Item Yes (also saturation control)
Adjust Image Proportions to Fit Screen Yes Yes
Image-to-Image Transitions Normal, Random, Bottom/top, Top/bottom, left/right, right/left, top left/bottom right, bottom right/top left, hordoor close, hordoor open, HorInterCross, VerInterCross, Fade in & out Fade, Shutter, Cross Comb, Mask, Brick, Dissolve, Random
Slide Show Speed Slow ( 6 sec), Middle ( 4 sec) Fast ( 2-3 sec) 3, 5, 10, 30, 60 sec
Slideshow Shuffle No Yes
Video Repeat No Yes
Music Repeat Yes N/A
Copy File to Internal Memory N/A Yes
Delete File from Internal Memory N/A Yes
Rotate Image In Internal Memory N/A No
Zoom Image In Internal Memory N/A No
Changeable Language Setting Yes (5 languages) Yes (7 languages)
Wireless Capability No No
Changeable Frames No No
Stand Permits Horizontal or Vertical Orientation Horizontal or Vertical Orientation
Wall Hanging Holes None Yes (horizontal only)
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