AgfaPhoto AF 5075 review
The fascias look good, but this Agfa doesn't do pictures justice.
Review Date: 16 Apr 2008
Reviewed By: Mike Jennings
Price when reviewed: £47 (£54 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Good looks are an essential part of any digital photo frame's armoury, and this Agfa is better equipped in this department than most. It comes with a trio of interchangeable fascias in brushed metal, black and white, so you can alter its appearance to suit your home or mood.
The attractive design can't hide the fact that the frame's image quality isn't particularly good, though. The resolution of 480 x 234 is on a par with those of a couple of other 7in frames here, but it's the lowest on test and was a clear handicap in our tests.
The bundled remote control is a handy extra and lets you choose between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, but finding a happy medium was impossible. We were forced to choose between annoying black bars at the sides of pictures or having the edges of snaps cut off. Colours are relatively well reproduced, but there's plenty of distracting pixellation, which robs images of sharp edges and detail.
It's also one of the least well-specified frames in this Labs. There's no audio or video support, no software for image management and manipulation, and no indication of what any of the buttons on the frame actually do, which makes it confusing to use.
The included stand is a screw-on affair but ends up being another disappointing feature - it feels lightweight rather than reassuring.
The 5075 isn't expensive at £47, but we'd feel cheated paying any more for something that barely approaches average. There are better frames available for this price, but it's worth considering paying a little more for a bigger screen and greater resolution.
Author: Mike Jennings
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