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Sony intros large, 4:3 S-Frame photo frames

updated 09:50 am EDT, Thu October 23, 2008

Sony intros photo frames

At the PhotoPlus Expo on Wednesday, Sony Electronics introduced two new digital photo frames to its S-Frame range, including the 8-inch DPF-D80 and the company's first 10-inch frame, the DPF-D100. Both sport 800x600 LCD screens and are the first Sony frames with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Compared to a 16:9 ratio, photos appear larger thanks in part to the elimination of borders.

Either frame has advanced image processing features, and is capable of displaying images as large as 48 megapixels or up to 100MB in size. Built-in memory for each is a healthy 200MB, which is filled up via transferring from compatible memory cards that include Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo, SD, MMC, CF, Microdrive and xD Picture Card. A USB port also allows JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) images to be transferred directly from a digital camera or a connected PC.

A built-in sensor will adjust the orientation of photos depending on whether the frame is placed horizontally or stood up vertically, as well as turn off the lit-up Sony logo when in a vertical position. The frames can be set up to display photos in one of 10 slide shows, show a clock and calendar along with a photo, or display an index mode where users can see several photos at the same time. A remote control is included.

The DPF-D80 is available now, priced at nearly $180, while the DPF-D100 ships in November for about $280.


Sony DPF-D80




Sony DPF-D100







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  1. hayesk

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    Someone gets it

    Yay. At least Sony understands that people's photos are 4:3 (and 3:2 for DSLR) - not 16:9. You'd think Kodak would understand that, but apparently not as their frames are 16:9.

  1. pocketRocket

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    Looks cheap and plastic

    Thanks my camera takes 16:9 photos so I'll just get black borders on everything. How about making the bevel a little smaller and maybe, just maybe we could have a photo frame that will run a couple of rechargeable AA batteries instead of having to suck power 24x7. Especially as we will all be tightening our belts over the next couple of years.

    Oh, and on the aesthetics front - as this is replacing my other photo frames I could really do with a wood surround - to match my furniture, I don't want another plastic electronic consumer item.

    Thanks, but I definitely don't like the look of this item. Having Sony on the front is not a plus point for a photo frame either. Yes this has made me grumpy.

  1. pocketRocket

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    My 16:9 Camera is:

    A Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. I bought it primarily because it has image stabilization that my previous camera didn't and 10x optical zoom. That's one thing that I have always had to compromise on before with point-and-click cameras. Never able to get close enough when not pointing directly at a person. Also makes it easier to take photos of my children. They never stay still enough as it is. Now I don't have to worry - I just zoom in and click away.I've been on the lookout for a high quality digital frame for some time but have never found one I've been happy with. I'm particularly looking for one that doesn't use a power adapter. Perhaps the answer is the new colour ePaper Samsung annouced in the news today. They unveiled a colour 10 inch screen using carbon nano tubes. Now if they could just build a manufacturing plant we'd have low energy digital photo frames. Perhaps 2010?

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