We’re going to try and answer that question over the next few weeks. Looking at the major players: Snapfish, Kodak, Shutterfly and Apple. Snapfish has got some great deals for getting started. Apple has taken custom publishing to a new level. We’ll be looking at pricing, turnaround time, range of services, quality of finished product and the overall customer experience. Stay tuned!
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Canon's been offering a $125 manufacturer's rebate on select lenses and flashes through Amazon. Here's a few included in the promotion that are compatible with most SLRs, including the popular Canon EOS Digital SLR series:
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash The best camera upgrade you can make for $357 to improve your photography is a flash like this. Gives the flash some height so you're away from people's eyes and can control the intensity and even bounce the flash off the ceiling.
The news wires are reporting that some digital picture frames sold by Best Buy over the holidays were "contaminated with a computer virus during the manufacturing process." (source) When you connect the frame to any Windows PC via USB, the virus will spread into your computer. The virus will NOT travel to cameras, USB drives and memory cards.
Moral of the story: Run antivirus software on digital photo frames you connect to your computer. This software will detect and remove many viruses. To reduce virus chances in general, get an Apple computer!
Best Buy is NOT recalling the frames. The frame has been discontinued and remaining stock taken off the shelves. The full specs of the frame are below. If you think you've purchased it, get in touch with Best Buy to reconcile the situation. You can get more information at the Insignia site as well.
Insignia 10.4-inch Digital Picture Frame
There’s a few things to look at when distinguishing between digital photo frames:
Screen Size — this can range from 6” to 30” and will be directly related to price Screen Resolution — if you want crisp-looking images, the higher resolution the better Aspect Ratio — 4:3 is traditional TV dimension, 16:9 is widescreen dimension Internal Memory — typically you will need to supplement with a memory card Memory Card Compatibility — make sure the frame supports your memory card of choice Remote Control — some have remotes to navigate through slideshows Wi-Fi Enabled — wirelessly send photos to your frame from email, cell phones and RSS photo feeds Sound — some have built-in speakers and MP3 capability Video — some will play various video formats (MPG, etc.) Batteries — some have battery option for a portable frame Frame Styling — a matter of décor, styles range from modern metal to traditional wood Price — ranges from about $50 to $1000
Zink has come out with a 7-megapixel digital camera that will print 2” x 3” borderless high-quality photos on the spot. Can you believe that? Of course you have to use Zink paper (comes with a sticky back optional). This was supposed to be released in late 2007… we’re waiting…
15-inches at high resolution — display your photos so they can be seen across a room.
- 256MB internal memory
- 4:3 screen ratio, 1024x768 resolution
- Remote control
- Slideshow, Random Play and Favorites
- Plays video (MPEG 1, MPEG 4, AVI)
- Listen to MP3 through speakers or headphones
- Download photos from computer or direct from camera with USB
This frame comes with black and wood frame styling so you can choose based on your décor.
Reality Check: The 256MB internal memory is a little light considering the size of the screen, so you’ll probably want to get a memory card with another few GB. The good news is that many types are supported — Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Multi Media Card, Compact Flash, xD-Picture Card and USB Flash drives.
Swim with the fishes! Liquid Image has come up with a digital-camera-scuba-mask-in-one. The camera lens is right over the nose, and there's crosshairs in the tempered glass so you can line up the perfect shot. 5 megapixels with a 16MB internal memory -- that'll get you 29 hi-res photos and 45 low-res -- add a Micro SD Card for more memory, or just come up for air and download the shots to your laptop via USB. It can also capture 53 seconds of video. The mask will retail at $99 -- you'll need 2 AAA batteries, but it comes with image editing software (ArcSoft). This could be a lot of fun for kids -- one size fits all, safe for ages 8 and up, and there's a 3 megapixel version for a little less dough. Stay tuned for more news on its release in March!
The Canon Rebel XTi is one of the best deals in the digital SLR market. If you’re looking for megapixel power and creative control, then this is the camera for you. Here’s the stats:
- 10.1 megapixel—will give you quality prints up to 18” x 24”
- 2.5” LCD display—view and edit your photos on camera
- 9-point auto-focus—very accurate upgrade
- DIGIC II Image Processor—natural color reproduction in a range of lighting situations
- It’s fast—0.2 second startup time, records images as fast as 1/4000 seconds, 27 shots per minute
- Comes with 18-55mm zoom lens—standard zoom with close-focus ability of 0.9 feet
- Creative picture style settings—monochrome, landscape, portrait… get film effects shot by shot
- Self-cleaning, dust-detecting—sensor unit cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations
Beware of lens lust. Once you get going you’ll yearn for a wide angle to get the most out of small spaces, and a super zoom to zero in on that horse. If you’re finding the flash too harsh, try adding a digital flash pack — you’ll be able to bounce it off the ceiling to soften things up.
These are some of the first digital photo frames available with LED backlight (instead of the more common LCD), promising improved color accuracy and reduced use of power. Digital Foci’s newest additions to the Image Moments series is available in 6-, 8- and 15-inch displays with traditional frame styling that will blend in with your home. 200MB flash memory is built-in (stores about 1,500 images) and you can purchase additional memory cards if needed. Frame will also support MPEG-4 and has speakers for audio playback. Load the frame via USB.
This digital glory isn’t cheap — frames will be available in March, from $149-299.
We’ll be collecting mysterious terms just like this one in the new glossary section. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode — you’d think it was a new thing, but it’s been lighting up numbers in digital clocks for years. LEDs are basically tiny light bulbs that are extremely efficient because they do not generate heat when they generate light. That makes them ideal to be inside electronics (no added heat) and an efficient use of power, so if you have an LED screen on a battery operated device, for example, you’ll enjoy extended battery life.
We just got word of this D-Link DSM-210 Internet Photo Frame. It's got all the standard benefits of a digital photo frame, but also has the ability to sync photos over wi-fi. Expect all the better digital photo/picture frames this year to have this ability.
OK, we’re impressed with what Samsung packed into this skinny machine:
- 8 megapixel with 3x optical zoom
- 2.7-inch LCD monitor (dims and brightens according to your environment!)
- Personal Media Player (PMP) for audio and video playback
- Shoots MPG-4 video at 800x592 resolution
- 195MB internal memory plus ability to add memory card
- ISO up to 1600 will allow non-flash photography in dim situations
- Digital Image Stabilization helps keep things steady (even if you’ve got the shakes)
- Intelligent Face Recognition & Auto Red Eye Fix
- It’s only 0.8 inches thick!!!
And truth be told, this little number is fancy looking. Glossy, white, reflective — yum!
It’s time to move on from the mangled, outdated wallet photos when we have digital totes like this one — the Innovage Digital Photo Keychain. You can store 60 color photos — easily loaded by connecting to your computer with a USB cable, just follow directions — and display them on a bright 1.4-inch LCD screen. Rechargeable battery lasts for 3 hours of viewing. This way your spontaneous photo sharing is always up to date with your latest trip, home renovation or cutest kid (or cat)!
Reality Check: Despite being a “keychain” this handy device probably won’t suffer well what the average set of keys go through. Keep that in mind and you won’t be disappointed. It’s a handy gadget at a great price — just treat it more like a pack of gum.
We like the price and easy use of inserting a memory card. You can also set the mood with music by listening to your favorite MP3s with built-in speakers while you view your photos. We can't vouch for the quality of the speakers - but it should be about the picture right?
View your pictures on the 7-inch 16:9 wide screen featuring Kodak Color Science for vibrant color and crisp detail. It is optimized with Kodak Light Management Film to provide a bright, clear display with excellent viewing angle. Display your frame on a tabletop or on a wall, vertically or horizontally.
Chic styling and simplicity of use identifies the technologically wonderful SD750. Canon's iconic ELPH design achieves a stunning new evolution with the PowerShot SD750 Digital ELPH. Utterly simple edge lines and cut surfaces gleam subtly with high-grade finishes; now offered in a choice of silver or black and silver. Of course, style means little without substance, and here the SD750 Digital ELPH more than delivers. 7.1 megapixels and DIGIC III create magnificent images, while exciting advanced technologies include Face Detection, Red-eye Correction, and time lapse movies. Always sized to go, the SD750 Digital ELPH is now extra-durable, with a tough scratch-resistant coating on its anti-reflective, brilliantly colorful 3.0-inch LCD screen.
The new Coby DP-769 7-inch digital picture frame blends traditional functionality with today’s technology and design. Enjoy pictures, music, and movies and capture your most precious moments with family and friends in a new vivid and engaging way. The contemporary acrylic design offers a crisp 16:9 aspect ratio for your viewing pleasure, and interchangeable faceplates and a detachable stand make it simple to present the frame how and where you'd like.
A remote control is also included, allowing you to navigate the frame from your couch or office chair. Plus, you can now free up your hard drive: the Coby frame supports a variety of media formats, including JPEG, MP3, WMA, AVI, MPG and XviD. Additionally, it's compatible with SD, xD, CF, MS and MS Duo memory formats. With the widespread use of digital cameras, camcorders, and camera phones, the Coby DP-769 is the perfect way to store and share all of your special moments captured in digital media format. Includes AC power adapter, USB cable, detachable stand, two interchangeable faceplates (black and white), and remote control.
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