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Sony adds photo frames with Bluetooth, RAW

updated 02:45 pm EST, Wed January 30, 2008

Sony S-Frame Photo Frames

Sony this afternoon revealed that it would follow up its Cyber-shot updates with a trio of digital photo frames under the S-Frame label to showcase images taken with these and any other camera. The 7-inch DPF-D70, equally 7-inch DPF-V700, and 9-inch DPF-V900 (none yet pictured) all have 800x480 resolutions but are some of the few digital frames capable of handling very high-quality photos; all can handle RAW shots (in ARW, SRF, and SR2 formats) and are built on a downscaling processor that can handle up to 48-megapixel shots in most image types. The top two models also support Bluetooth adapters to wirelessly upload photos from cellphones.

These higher-end units also include native HDMI output, making them the first widely available frames to gain full 1080p support; they also support BMP and TIFF and on-frame editing tools to make basic adjustments such as red-eye removal and sharpening. Every S-Frame supports JPEG photos as well as ten different slide show modes, a calendar, and a clock. Sony anticipates shipping the three frames in March at prices of $140, $190, and $250.

by MacNN Staff



  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Speaking as a professional photographer, why in the world would a consumer device support RAW files? RAW files are essentially unprocessed raw data, and are intended to need some post-processing in my experience. The JPEG modes on most cameras are more likely to produce snapshots that work as shot, and anyone really working with RAW should be processing their images, so could easily re-save.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With either Aperture, Lightroom, or Bridge, RAW files are simple to output to JPEG. I wonder if the edits done to RAW files in AP are ported over to a device like this.

    In any event, at that low res, there's little point to utilize the high bit-depth images (14+ bit) that work with DSLRs. It's a viable feature, but at that miniscule resolution, there's little point to the costly processor.

    Kudos to the BT connection- no need to pull the card out if you're within range of your machine, but still, that's nowhere NEAR worth the price.

    I shudder to think that there are actually people who would get conned into buying one of these.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @drop believers

    Say amazon does drop support for iTunes and thereby the iPod. Where else are the people that buy into Audio books going to play their content? No player is anywhere close to being as widespread as the iPod, and I find it hard to believe that there are many people who are going to listen to audio books on their computer.

    From what I can tell, the main market use for audio books is in those who drive or take mass transit, so even laptops wouldn't be a boost in terms of playable devices. As for CD's, I have no clue what the size of the user base that burns the content to disc to use in the car is, but I wouldn't think it'd be that large. If you're one who actually listens to audiobooks that you download, you're usually tech savvy enough to buy an iPod, or some form of player. For that matter, if you're savvy enough to DL your audiobooks, you can export it out to an iPod-friendly format.

    No, I doubt Amazon is silly enough to canabalize their customer base by cutting out the main player that people use to listen to that kind of content. As for them coming up with their own player, we saw how well the Kindle turned out. *shudders* ...ugly thing... They'll leave the R&D of players up to the big boys and at least try to play nice with Apple on this issue.

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