I stopped by Parrot real quickly today to check out some small digital photo frames on display. There's good news and bad news in the world of digital photo frames.
The good news is, they frames are beginning to get a lot more attractive. I could actually see myself using these in my living room or in my kitchen. The 3.5" frames, which are available in wood and in a few leather colors, have a 320×234 display and can store up to 120 pictures (hey that's 120x more than a regular photo frame!). I had a chance to check out the leather frames, and I have to say, they actually look pretty solid. Pictures can be displayed in both vertical or horizontal mode, and the colors are vivid enough to actually make out anyone inside.
Sadly, at 3.5" the frames are still a bit small, and are really best fit for desks. Even worse, they're also still priced sky-high at $99 which makes them a tough replacement for an 85 cent frame you could grab from a drugstore. The 7" frame is, according to the salesperson, priced around $159, but can store up to 500 pictures.
Pictures can be added to the frame directly from your camera via a USB port, through a SD/MC card, or via wireless Bluetooth.
Does anyone own a digital photo frame? Are they worth the price? These looked pretty awesome but I can't justify spending that much money on a frame. A quick glance at the website also shows that the frames are available in more colors, including a pimp-like Zebra print for displaying your…girlfriends.
Parrot says that the DF7220—a 7" frame with changeable accents, 720×480 resolution, storage for up to 300 pictures, and Bluetooth support—will be available shortly.