AgfaPhoto AF 5075 review

16 Apr 2008

The fascias look good, but this Agfa doesn't do pictures justice.

Price when reviewed: 
54(£55 inc VAT)
3

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £47
Price inc VAT £54
Overall rating 3
Image quality 3
Features & Design 3
Value for Money 3

Screen

Screen size 7.0in
Resolution 480 x 234

Features

Bluetooth support no
WiFi connection? no
SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader no
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader yes
Storage capacity 0MB
Battery? no
Remote control? yes
Hanging orientation N/A
Interchangeable fascias? yes

Audio and video

MP3/audio file playback no
MPEG/AVI/video file playback no

In-device editing

In-device rotation yes
In-device cropping no
In-device zoom no
In-device colour control no

Dimensions

Dimensions 217 x 25 x 150mm (WDH)
Weight 410g
Peak power consumption 10W