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I had suggested that it would be a good idea to get a Digital Photo Frame to display our Photographs. However my wife was definitely not keen. PROBLEM SOLVED, we were given a Coby DP700 as a Christmas present by someone who visits often. So we just had to use it.
It was a simple black 7" frame with a stand giving the option of landscape or portrait. This was easily attached at the back of the frame. Also included was the mains AC adapter to connect it to your power supply. However it did not come with a compatible memory card, this had to be purchased separately.
The instructions enabled a straightforward set up allowing a quick start. The control buttons are located on the back of the frame and give access to the menu from where you can set such things as time; date; and picture features such as zoom. There is even a favourites option. The transition mode is selected here as is the viewing time for the photos. The colours are brilliant and the pictures are so clear they can be seen from across the room.
The Coby DP 7" Digital Photo Frame has proved to be a wonderful way to display our photos, as I knew it would. So good in fact it has won my wife over to the point where she has suggested getting a larger one.
This is another one of the digital photo frames that I have at home, this one is considerably cheaper than the Sony one, costing around £19 online. I don't think it looks cheaper than the Sony one and seems to have more of less all of the features that the Sony frame does. The image of the frame makes it look like black, but in reality it's more of a mahogany or dark brown colour.
As with all digital frames you can load up photos onto the internal memory, but there isn't a lot of room. I tend to plug in a USB flash drive, just a small one so that it doesn't stick out of the back. That way I can have the frame cycling through as many pictures as I like. You can also use the SD card straight from your camera, although I wouldn't advise buying a separate one for the frame as these are more expensive than flash drives and are more difficult to get pictures back onto.
I really like this frame, it fits in with my decor and allows me to look at all of my pictures and memories. The only thing you have to have is a free plug socket nearby and then you're set to roll.
I first bought a digital photo frame for my mum for Christmas last year. I searched for them on the Internet and quickly found the Coby 7 inch model for a very reasonable price. Before giving it to my mum though, as she's not very computer literate, I thought it'd be a good idea to upload some photos of the family onto a memory card for her, so that all she had to do was plug it in. I'd advise this is you're giving it to grandparents or children who don't really use computers or for people who don't have access to computers. Although I mustn't generalise as my Grandmother is in fact very clued up on computers!
The frame does take memory cards but if this is not convenient for you - as it wasn't in my case - then there's an easy-to-find USB slot to stick a flash drive if that's easier. I really recommend this as memory cards can be expensive and it can also be difficult if the pictures you want to use are already on your computer and cannot be transferred back to the memory card. I do recommend you buy a small (in size, not necessarily in storage) flash drive, as having a large one sticking out the side of such a sleek-looking frame can look odd and ruin the effect slightly.
The frame itself was very easy to use, you literally just plug it in and the picture quality is really good for the price! It's a great present for those you care about, for example, if your son/daughter is going away to university. A lot of places of residence won't allow pictures to be stuck to walls, so having a photo frame with many pictures on can comfort them if they're homesick, without breaking the rules.
Overall a great gift!
My girlfriend absolutely loves photo's and has about a million pictures on her computer (ok its more like a thousand or so, but it's still a lot) and I wanted to get her something that she could put her pictures in, I never thought of looking at digital picture frames because...well...I didn't know they existed. When I first saw them on the Internet this one I instantly liked because it was just a frame, well it looked like it was just a normal picture frame until you notice the pictures change, it was great because it was so unexpected and she wasn't aware that you could get digital picture frames.
The Coby DP700 is a digital photo frame that is very lightweight and has the measurements 9 inches x 1.5 inches x 6.5 inches, it has a very dark mahogany colour, really giving it the look of just a normal (Non-digital) photo frame which is what attracted me to it. It is powered by an AC power adapter.
This 7 inch photo frame accepts all types of flash memory cards including: SD memory card, Multimedia card, Compact flash card, it takes the full USB port so even a memory stick is no problem to operate with this frame.
Even if you have no room left on your shelves and the tables are already occupied, this frame is wall-mountable with a detachable stand, so if room ever becomes available then its just a simple case of removing it from the wall, reattaching the stand and standing it up.
The general features on here are: clock, calendar, USB, Alarm.
It's only a few things short of being a computer...the smallest one yet.
You also get a remote control so you can really have control if presenting a slide show and you also get those all famous manuals just incase you really want to know more about a certain function.
Not only does this present your pictures in any way you like whether it be a slide show to entertain, or simply having it on in the background with a pre-programmed presentation but you can also have music playing and it has the capability to allow you to view digital video also, not bad for something that looks like a picture frame.
The supports are:
Pictures are: JPEG
Audio: WMA, MP3
Video: MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, Motion JPEG
That's quite a little collection of stuff it is capable with and almost everybody has at least one from every section.
The way this digital frame has been designed is that it has a style of its own that lets it blend in with any place in the house be it the front room or your bedroom, the frame is a perfect gift for people who love photo's and love technology.
Another good feature about this frame is it has auto rotate so that if you turn your frame to the side it will adjust the picture so you wont be looking at it sideways or upside down.
There is no need to install anything or really set anything up...the only setting up you do is where you want the picture frame, plug the AC adapter into the wall, turn it on, pick the program you want and let it play.
You can buy this from Amazon for £19
I know my girlfriend loves this frame as do I, it was simple to put the pictures on (drag and drop from computer to memory stick or any of the flash memory, plug it in the digital frame and chose our preferred program and just left it on in the background), we never do the slide show option just because we never entertain by showing our pictures, if she does want to show a few pictures it is easier to do it from her computer because she knows where everything is on there, every now and again we come across a picture that we catch in the corner of our eye that makes us remember about that specific time, if we never had the frame we wouldn't of seen it, but I guess that's what picture frames are for, they are memories, and a digital frame gives you a lot more.
I guess we haven't got that long to wait till we start seeing the pictures like they have in harry potter.
My Other Half bought one of these digital photo frames just after Christmas last year with some money that he got. He bought it from Play.com for £22.99 which is a reduced price, on Amazon they are still selling it for £29.99.
The photo frame is 7 inches wide and it came with a stand that you fit in the back so it will stand up. It also came with a mains power cable to plug it in the electric and an instruction manual.
The photo frame takes SD, MMC, and MS cards which just slot into the back. There is also a full size usb slot in case you want to use a usb flash memory drive.
We bought an SD card to go with it. You can show about 10 JPEG files on it without having a memory card if you wanted to but we wanted to have a lot more photos on it than this. We originally just copied all of our photos onto the card from the computer and put that in but we were not very happy with the results doing it this way. We found that for a start there is no way to shuffle the photos when playing them as a slide show which meant that all the pics of one person were coming on together. Also we want to have the photo frame set up in a landscape position and it was showing those kinds of pics well but if there was a portrait photo then it was chopping the top off of it. Some of our jpegs were of old black and white photos as well and it wasn't showing these at all, all we were getting was a squiggle across the screen like someone had moved the photo.
I looked through the manual to see what could be done about all this. Apparently you can turn the picture frame around while looking at it and it will turn the photo inside automatically so that a portrait photo is sitting the right way a bit like the new phones do but this wasn't any good if you just want it sat on the mantel piece showing a slide show.
You can switch the device to play in photo mode instead of slide show and in this mode you can delete, rotate, zoom and save pictures but there is no edit function or shuffle mode. So what we had to do is go back to the computer and sort through all the photos sifting out any that didn't show the benefit of having the digital frame and leaving the ones we really wanted to look at instead of just all of them, I copied all these into a different folder so I wouldn't harm the original photos. Then I went in the folder and started renaming them all in a random fashion, this might sound like a lot of hard work and it did take a while but what I did was use the tab button to jump from rename to the next rename and then just hit a jumble of keys on the keyboard and then going onto the next one. This shuffled up all the photos. They still will only play in the same order every time we switch it on but at least they are not all coming up with the same person on each photo. If you have your photos saved by the number on the camera or something this might not be a problem but we had all our old photos sorted by peoples names (before tagging came in).
We had now sorted the first problem out but we still had the problem of it cutting the tops off the portrait photos. To get round this I had to have a real long job of going back on the computer again and opening each file into a picture editing software (I used Paint Shop Pro) and making all the photos fit into a 4 inch by 6 inch page. This took forever as we have a lot of photos but the nice thing about it was that I could alter the photos while doing it so that the final result was for most of them a more pleasing view than what the original photo looked like, for example, some of my Other half's photos were taken with him and his family sitting on a sofa together and you had a large view of the rest of the room with just them at the bottom so I could cut this bit out and just have the view of them as the photo instead. This made all the photos much more pleasing to the eye especially if you are having them displayed on a photo frame in your living room.
On reflect, if it had been me buying the photo frame for myself I would have looked round to see if they sold one that shuffles the photos for you (like windows does in the sidebar) and also made sure it showed portrait photos in landscape without chopping the tops off but saying this I now have a much better set of photos to show in the frame.
One other thing about the frame, it has a setting where you can set the frame to show the calendar in one half of the frame and a photo in the other half with the time above it. This would be a nice feature if you are working at a desk and want it on there to look at while you work. I have not tried it out though and the pic in the instruction manual shows the photo as being a square shape so not sure how it would cope with using landscape and portrait photos in a square.
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