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Kodak EasyShare DPFs: SV811 and SV710
The Digital Photo Frame (DPF) has become increasingly popular. DPFs don’t just offer a way to view your favorite photos; they also let you watch videos and play music. Indeed, they’re getting to be more and more like entertainment devices. Let's take a look at Kodak’s latest offerings: the SV811 and the SV710.
First off the SV811 has an 8 inch TFT active matrix display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This is a bit odd, considering most digital cameras by default capture images in a 4:3 ratio. Most images on DPFs thus exhibit black bars on either side of the image. The SV710 has a similar 7 inch display with a 480 x 234 pixel resolution. Screen size apart, both have the same chic design.
On one side behind the screen you’ll find the power switch and memory card slots. Both DPFs accept Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia Card (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), XD-Picture Card (xD), Compactflash (CF) and Microdrive (MD) type cards. On the other side is the DC-in socket for the power adapter, a 3.5mm earphone socket, volume control, standard USB v2.0 port for connecting pen drives, and the mini USB port for PC connectivity.
On top, behind the screen, is the control panel for all the features, including navigation, selection and volume. The best part about these DPFs is the extendable stand (very ingenious). Both DPFs come with full function remotes and also have wall-mounting slots.
Features and Performance
Both the SV811 and SV710 have the same features, but the larger SV810 comes with 128MB of internal memory so you won’t need to use a memory card or pen drive. They’re both compatible with MOV, AVI, MPEG 1 and 4 video formats, and JPEG and EXIF image formats. They also support MP3 audio files. Although they have inbuilt speakers, don’t expect to be able to watch full-length videos. They’re there merely to add effects to slide shows.
Unlike in most other DPFs I’ve reviewed, the screen orientation in these two oddly doesn’t alter the entire menu system, just the images being viewed. That’s quite inconvenient when you’ve propped it up in portrait mode; navigating the menu is a bit difficult.
Other than that I must say the clarity is simply superb, thanks to Kodak’s brilliant Light Management Film. You can adjust the brightness levels, and they both have a contrast ratio of 300:1 which is not bad at all. There’s an option to fit the image to the whole screen to avoid the black bars; but the problem is the images don’t simply get stretched, they get evenly expanded and thus you’ll end up losing a bit around the four edges. These DPFs also have zoom options.
Files can be copied quite easily by dragging and dropping them into the SV811’s internal drive or by using memory cards to do the same in the same DPF. The SV710 will show an external drive in the menu from where you can easily access your files. All features can very easily be accessed via the wireless remote control.
Other features include setting a specific time for the device to switch on and off automatically, choosing slide transitions, and compatibility with PictBridge for printing. The biggest issue I have with these two otherwise brilliant frames is the fact that they don’t have any provision for internal battery packs to provide power. They have to be connected with a power adapter at all times. You can place the frame only in a place that is conveniently close enough to a power socket.
Aside from the fact that the SV811 and the SV710 both lack internal power sources and have 16:9 viewing options and not 4:3, (but then I haven’t come across any other frames with these yet) their displays are the best I’ve seen so far. You can even hook them up to a set of external speakers via the earphone socket. The SV811 and SV710 cost Rs 7,999 and Rs 5,999 respectively, and I think they are quite worth it. So if you're into DPFs, go ahead and buy one of these!