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Skyla unveils combined photo scanner and frame

'World's first' to convert photo prints to digital

Skyla Memoir FS80 scanning digital photo frame

Skyla has launched a digital photo frame with a built-in scanner that can convert ordinary prints into digital photos.

The Memoir FS80 is the first product from Skyla, a new brand launched by Lite-On, a company associated principally with optical storage media and devices such as CD-Rom, DVD, and Blu-ray drives.

According to Skyla, the Memoir FS80 is the first product with an integrated scanner that enables users to convert traditional print photographs into digital files which are stored directly on the frame’s internal memory.

The company says that the frame shows images on its 8-inch LCD screen as soon as they’re scanned. The photos can also be quickly transferred to an external desktop or laptop PC, or a USB drive.

Choose the best digital photo frame

Which? tech expert Al Warman says: ‘Digital photo frames were a popular gift for Christmas 2008, but we’ve seen a decline in interest in 2009. The Skyla Memoir FS80 may provide the mix of features that consumers want, and the concept of combining a scanner and digital photo frame to offer an all-in-one digital imaging solution is certainly innovative.

‘Consumers should take care to choose the best digital photo frame however, as the screen resolution on some models was so poor that in our digital photo frame reviews they were highlighted as Which? Don’t Buys.

‘And if you’re not convinced that a combined scanner and digital photo frame will do justice to your treasured photos, read Which? expert reviews of scanners and multifunction printer reviews to find the best for you.’

The features list for the Skyla Memoir FS80 includes:

  • Scans prints up to 15x10cm at up to 600dpi resolution
  • 1GB internal storage (capacity for 200 10x15cm or 400 7.5×12.5cm prints at 600dpi)
  • 8-inch display with 800×600 pixel resolution, and light sensor for ambient backlighting
  • Supports MP3, Motion JPEG, MPEG1, MPEG4 file formats
  • 5-in-1 card reader (CF/SD/MS/MMC/xD) and 2 USB ports
  • Touch pad control and remote control

The Memoir FS80 will cost around £178 and should be available from the end of April 2009.


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