Sony DPF-D80 Digital Photo Frame (8-Inch)
At a Glance
The Sony DPF-D80 ($130 as of 5/8/2009) rocks Sony's sleek design sense. This 8-inch picture frame is shiny and black, while the screen is matte, and button labels and the Sony logo are backlit. (If you want to, you can disable the light behind the logo.) The unit feels solid and well-constructed, and it fits right in next to other techie gadgets on your desk. We tested the black 8-inch version; this model also comes in 7-inch, 9-inch, and 10-inch versions, and in white and red variations.
You navigate the frame via five buttons along the back of the screen's right side. I found the menus easily navigated and nested logically, but it's neater to use the remote (I found it hard to use the buttons and leave no fingerprints behind). Color on the sharp 800-by-600 screen pops well, looks saturated, and showed no noticeable distortion in our tests. Like most frames, the D80 allows you to adjust brightness but not contrast or color. Luckily, it presents color quite accurately here.
The Sony's slide-show mode offers the usual transition effects, and allows you to either view images linearly or randomly shuffle them, a feature missing on many other digital frames we tested. We ran slide shows off an SD Card with nested folders, and they played without a hitch. The frame accepts most media cards (MemoryStick, MemoryStick Duo, SD Card, MMC, CompactFlash, Microdrive, and xD-Picture Card; plus M2, miniSD, and MicroSD via an adapter). It also has 256MB of internal memory. Unfortunately, it does not play video, though it does offer calendar and clock modes.
I especially liked the fact that this frame can handle large image files (up to 100MB) and, incidentally, is equipped to deal with 48-bit color--whenever that standard hits the mass market, that is. My only quibbles were with the price, which feels high considering its lack of extras (like video), and the proximity of the power button to the menu button.