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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Review: Kodak EasyShare EX1011 Digital Photo Frame with Wifi

Kodak EX1011

We've probably all seen digital photo frames by now, and how they can be a great conversation piece in any home. But why did we decide to review the Kodak EasyShare EX1011? Because this digital photoframe is wifi certified.

Upon opening the box, you'll find your digital photo frame, remote control, software, manual, and all required leads. The frame itself feels solidly built and offers a 10" (800 x 480) display. Plug it in and turn it on, and after some initial setup questions your ready to roll. It comes with a few example images onboard and you immediately see the vividness of this top quality display.

I was excited to crack on with the wireless connectivity so immediately set that up. Firstly you enable Wireless connectivity on the frame and it checks for WLANs. It had no problem picking up my access point downstairs or even my next door neighbours. After putting into my WEP key and connecting up, I then went to my PC and installed the Kodak software. Actually you can use Kodak's software or you can enable media sharing in the latest version of Windows Media Player. Returning to the photoframe, I asked it to search for media servers across the network and it instantly picked up my PC. Within a few clicks, I was displaying the photos in my designated folders on the computer.

Since I was able to share photos wireless, it would have been nice if I he photo frame could have been completely wireless and may have a rechargeable battery pack onboard, but unfortunately it has to remain attached to the mains.

So the wireless worked nicely for me - what else is the photo frame capable of? Well, the frame offers slots for a variety of memory cards (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, xD, CF and MD cards) so you can slot in photos straight from the camera. Also is has 128mb built in memory so you can connect it to your PC via USB and copy images on to it.

But the EX1011 doesn't just display images - it's also capable of displaying video files and has an MP3 player built in.

So in summing up, this is a fantastic digital photo frame with a large, widescreen aspect ratio which provides stunning virbancy to your images. It's packed with features and is easy to use, not requiring me to resort to the manual once. The RRP for this unit isn't cheap - coming it at over £220 - but I looked around online and found some great prices, with Amazon selling it for under £150

Kodak Easy Share EX1011 Price Check* £149.99

*prices accurate at time of writing

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Blogger Greg said...

Any additional feedback on this frame? I've read that it won't display all of the images in a folder or all of the images on your computer; it has a 256 picture limit per folder over wifi. I really want a wireless frame that will randomly display any of my 1000's of photos, without me re-configuring it each time (different folder, etc.) Will this frame do this or not? Thanks!

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't get the EX1011 to display any form of video file, even with the latest (9 Oct 07) firmware update. Did you actually try this out for your blog review?

4:52 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Greg - sorry, not sure of the limitations in terms numbers of pics per folder.

Anon - Yes, I played an MPEG vid with no problems. You might need to speak to Kodak and see if you have a faulty one.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous MartinH said...

I have EX1011.
There is nowhere any word about its limitation, neither in any documentation or web... but the limts are there. If I would know it, I would never buy this piece of crap. I am still trying to find out by myself those limts. What I expected to do - view 17k pics in 300 folders on 2GB SD card (resized to ~800x600) - this definitelly does not work. Slideshow runs ok (I cannot influence from which picture), but folder/thumbnail preview is not working at all. It looks (just my findings) that limit is probably @64 folders. If I create any tree structure, it does not help... I continue to investigate. Just be carefull before buing any frame with this kind of limitations.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Eugene said...

I am facing difficulties upgrading the firmware. My frame is currently on 2007.7.06, I downloaded the Oct 2007.10.09 firmware from the Kodak Support page, but when I insert the SD card to upgrade the frame, the frame showed the new firmware as 2007.7.06 which is exactly what I have. Anyone face the same problem? I contact Kodak, but support is terrible.

3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't see videos .avi .mov .mpg


11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have exactly the same problem, Kodak confirmed there is a problem, although the file says Kodak_UpgradeFW_10.img, it is actually not!!!

11:32 PM  

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