Kodak EasyShare P730

The P730 is fine for a cheap photo frame to remind you of happy memories, but falls down fast when you take a closer look at image quality.


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The Kodak EasyShare P730 is one of a number of Kodak digital photo frames, but unfortunately it's not one of its best, and whilst suitable for every day use around the home, it lacks some of the qualities that bring it up to par with the best on the market.

Design and features

The P730 has a wide range of photo viewing modes: images can be displayed with and without borders, and with transition effects like photos appearing pixel by pixel or sliding across the screen. While this may seem like a minor thing, the differences between settings are quite noticeable, which makes your pet photos just that little bit prettier — or they would be, had the P730 a screen of acceptable quality.

For those travelling internationally and with a desperate need to show off your holiday snaps wherever you may be, the P730 provides you with a number of different power plugs, including American and European, which is a nice touch. The P730 is already simple to use, and we were able to access all its features and functions without referring to a manual.

As for memory card slots, the P730 has two on the back of the frame which take SD/SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick/Pro/Pro Duo and xD.

Performance and image quality

Unfortunately, the ability to dress up your photos and show them to fellow travellers in the airport lounge only goes so far if you're unable to see the puppy or infant you've taken a photo of. All electronic screens have an optimal viewing angle; poorer screens require you to view them from directly in front, while better screens can be clearly viewed on an angle. The Kodak P730 falls firmly in the former category, forcing you to view the photo frame from almost direct on if you want any form of decent image. This is a major problem for a digital photo frame, which by its nature means you are likely to view the slideshow of your photos on an angle as often as you will from directly in front. We found that even having the P730 on the desk next to us caused an unacceptable loss of image colour saturation. This issue only worsens the P730's already poor colour rendering capabilities, causing most of your images to appear, on closer inspection, to have been taken through a slight haze.

Unfortunately, this compounds the device's already dim brightness yet another step. So, to reiterate, the P730 has a dim screen, a bad viewing angle and poorly renders colours. None of these flaws on their own create an unbearable issue, but all combine to gently reinforce the fact that the P730's screen isn't actually that good.

The P730 is fine for a cheap photo frame to remind you of happy memories, but if you're looking for quality in your snaps, you're better off checking out a dedicated photo printer, or just taking your images to a professional photo printing store.

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I love the two that I purchased, they look great and work beautifully, what more do you want? A designer label, you must be a brand snob, both mine are excellent and great value

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Your Avg. Guy posted a review   

This frame may lack the latest bells and whistles, but shows a good picture and is a good size. I didn't find the screen/image to be dim at all, and I would say has a good viewing angle (who looks at a picture frame from the side anyway?!). I really think the relatively smaller size of this frame helps maintain the integrity of the quality of the image displayed on this product (the density of pixels shows better than a 10 inch frame for an example). Lastly, I think the frame on this model looks really good- as I find a lot of others to look cheap. In conclusion, I am not an arrogant picture snob (but I am an electrical engineer who loves gadgets!) so my writeup here does not follow suit with those who think the only bottle of wine worth drinking costs over $1000 and must be sipped in France- analogously, I am very pleased with the performance of this product in displaying our family pictures, and at $75USD its a good value to.

 

Granny Sue posted a reply   

How do I remove the clock from the side of the picture? I can't find instructions anywhere




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  • jpcrimson

    jpcrimson

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    "I love the two that I purchased, they look great and work beautifully, what more do you want? A designer label, you must be a brand snob, both mine are excellent and great value"

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    Your Avg. Guy

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    "This frame may lack the latest bells and whistles, but shows a good picture and is a good size. I didn't find the screen/image to be dim at all, and I would say has a good viewing angle (who looks..."

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