Connectivity is one area that does stand out in comparison to most. There is high-speed USB 2.0 connection, plus the very welcome addition of wireless capability, which is the unit’s main selling point. The WiFi option uses the 802.11g specification which operates at 2.4GHz, and this can offer a very reasonable 54Mbps transmission speed across your home or office network. Because of the similar transmission protocols, it can also be used with the slower 802.11b 11Mbps wireless specification. This of course means that the EX811 stays in pride of place on the mantelpiece while you update your pictures from the comfort of your armchair.
There is a variety of well situated connectors positioned on the rear sides of the EX811, including a mini USB port, a headphone socket, and a power socket on one side, plus the card slots and power switch on the other. The unit will accept the majority of popular cards. SD, MMC, Memory stick, XD, Compact Flash, and Microdrive are all supported, although it’s worth noting that SDHC is not supported.
The EX811 is a smart, useful, and very user friendly bit of kit. Computer connection is a doddle with simple drag n drop, and menu navigation is a breeze. To its credit, it offers some excellent features, WiFi, PictBridge printing, and a gorgeous screen. But, very nice though it is, to my mind it doesn’t really justify the £150 price tag. There are cheaper frames available with pretty much the same specs.