The Good Better than average display quality; fast, even with large files; easy to use; attractive.
The Bad No thumbdrive connector; no video or audio support.
The Bottom Line Though it's a little expensive for its feature set, the Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame DPF-D80 delivers exactly what most people want: high-quality photo slideshows in an easy-to-use, attractive package.
Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame
Easy to use and with a basic but solid feature set and above-average display quality, the Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame appeals to both the technophobic and undemanding technophiles who won't mind spending a bit extra for it.
Made of glossy black plastic, which is only somewhat fingerprint resistant, the frame's understated yet high-tech appearance draws more attention to the photos than itself. Though the Sony logo on the bottom lights up by default, you can thankfully turn it off. Because it has a smaller bezel than most competitors, the D80's displayable area looks relatively large: the entire frame's dimensions are only 9 inches wide by 6.5 inches high by about 5.5 deep. It has a rotating kickstand that looks a bit like an old-fashioned radio antenna that allows you to easily position the frame vertically or horizontally. Given how small it is, it's quite stable. There are no holes to mount the frame on a wall, however.
On the right side are small power, menu, and navigation buttons, but the frame comes with a remote that's easier to use than those. Behind are slots for CompactFlash, SDHC/MMC/xD and Memory Stick Pro/Duo; on the opposite side there is a connector for the AC adapter as well as mini-USB. Unlike most frames, there's no full-size USB connector for a thumbdrive. In addition to copying files directly from a PC, there's a button on the remote to copy all or selected images on a card to the frame's internal memory; it can resize them during copy, if you choose. The D80 has 256MB built in, but only 200MB of that is available for images, and it seems like the frame maxes out at 500 photos regardless of size. In addition to JPEG, it can also display Sony ARW (raw) files, but the frame doesn't play video or audio.
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