Four new models, includes two with WiFi, suggest Philips and Parrot will have some competition on their hands.
If we’re logical about this the end of analogue photography should bring about the end of the home printer and traditional picture frame. Digital shots are far more flexible and transportable and we simply need a better method to display them, which is where Kodak comes in…
Kodak has announced it will be following in the footsteps of Philips and Parrot by manufacturing it own line of Digital Picture Frames. Two ranges have been announced: a 10in (EX1011) and 8in (EX811) line with integrated wireless and an 8in (SV811) and 7in (SV710) line without.
All will display Jpegs but there is also support for MP3s as well as Mpeg1,Mpeg4, MOV and AVI movie formats meaning your frames can come alive with sound and video montages of your visits not just the same old, same old stills. Whatever would grandma say to that?!
Connectivity is excellent too with slots for CF, SD, MMC, xD and MS memory cards and even USB2.0 for external drives. Furthermore, if you’ve gone for the WiFi enabled frames these can been hooked up to a wireless network letting you view pictures direct from a PC or laptop (careful which folders you share, ”as the official photography clearly warns”) or even Kodak’s online gallery from where shots can be uploaded online.
Elsewhere the WiFi line gets superior 800 x 480 native resolutions compared to 480 x 234 on the non-WiFi pair but there is a price difference with the EX1011 coming in at £199.99 and the EX811 at £149.99. The SV811 can be yours for £129.99 with the SV710 just £99.99.
I’d suggest the EX811 is the sweet spot of the bunch when they all touch down in March and it’d be worth it alone to terrify granny…