Sony's S-Frame Goes Upscale With Swarovski Crystals

Digital photo frames have definitely fallen off the map. Just a few years back, these were the hottest gifts out there; today, they're mostly an afterthought. The reason? Frst off, we don't think people actually use these things nearly as much as they think they will when eying one in the store. Secondly, they've hardly evolved since debuting. A digital frame today looks just like a digital frame from two years ago, but that's starting to change with the introduction of Sony'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 Swarovski crystals, which will totally take your attention away from whatever image 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, an auto-resizing adjustment that downsizes photos, and a USB input. If 1GB isn't enough space, there's also a multi-format card reader that supports 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 vertical form, and the frame will auto-rotate the images in order to keep them upright. If you're really feeling frisky, you can even mount this crazy guy on the wall. Aside from showcasing your favorite images, the unit can also double as a clock and calendar, and the bundled remote enables users to switch things up from afar. As for file support, it'll handle RAW and JPEG, and it'll run consumers $150 when it ships in October.