Sony's S-Frame Goes Upscale With Swarovski Crystals

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Digital photo frames have definitely fallen off the map. Just a fewyears back, these were the hottest gifts out there; today, they'remostly an afterthought. The reason? Frst off, we don't think peopleactually use these things nearly as much as they think they will wheneying one in the store. Secondly, they've hardly evolved sincedebuting. A digital frame today looks just like a digital frame fromtwo years ago, but that's starting to change with the introduction ofSony's latest.

The limited edition S-Frame (model number DPF-D72N/BQ) thumbs its nose to this so-called recession by plastering itself with a round of pricey Swarovskicrystals, which will totally take your attention away from whateverimage is being shown and place it squarely on how wild the bezel is.The frame itself features a 7" LCD display with a WVGA (800x480)resolution, 1GB of internal storage space, anauto-resizing adjustment that downsizes photos, and a USB input. If 1GBisn't enough space, there's also a multi-format card reader thatsupports Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD),Multi-Media Card (MMC), CompactFlash (CF), xD and SDHC.

Users can set the frame on their coffee table in horizontal or verticalform, and the frame will auto-rotate the images in order to keep themupright. If you're really feeling frisky, you can even mount this crazyguy on the wall. Aside from showcasing your favorite images, the unitcan also double as a clock and calendar, and the bundled remote enablesusers to switch things up from afar. As for file support, it'll handleRAW and JPEG, and it'll run consumers $150 when it ships in October.
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Jeremy replied on Sun, Aug 30 2009 9:12 AM

"a WVGA (800x480) resolution"

This is why they've fallen off the map. The price is way too high for the screen size and resolution offered. The interface on the devices themselves is often cumbersome and difficult to use if you don't have the manual sitting next to you. This has all combined to make them very unattractive devices.

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