Summary: For the most part, everything turned out as I expected except for two things. 1) I was disappointed with my images not being able to fill the 8" screen. Even with that option available, when I checked the box to fill screen with picture, none of my pictures filled up the screen as demonstrated with the preloaded sample pictures. Instead, I see a block of black on each side of my pictures.
Summary: Easy to set up and use and grandpa loved it. I did not install the software and utilize it because I had read reviews that reported it was not helpful, but rather put pictures on a flash drive and then transferred to the internal frame memory which was easy and worked well.
Summary: This is a review of the SV811 which I bought to give to my 76-year old parents who don't have a computer, Internet connection, or digital camera. I was looking for a easy way for the family to be able to share digital photos when visiting, and to provide them with a 'stock' set of family photos that they could view whenever they wanted. The 'stock' set would be stored on a 2GB SD card that would be installed in camera when digital photo frame was given to them.
Summary: I purchased six Kodak SV-811 8-inch Digital Picture Frames as Christmas gifts for my wife and grown children. Prior to my purchase, I searched CNET and other electonic portals to check reviews by professional reviewers, ratings by users, and price. I zeroed in on Kodak's 7 and 8 inche models. Each gift was preloaded with relevant family pictures and each family member received 1 gig ScanDisk to put their own digital show on. The Kodak 8 inch frame met my expectations.
Summary: The quality of the pictures when shown is very good. Other digital frames I've seen have visible vertical lines or the picture is somewhat grainy (even with a high quality pic). No such problems here! One thing to note: while the frame has easy to use slots for a flash stick or memory card, I have a bunch of pictures on my computer and the easiest way to get them into the frame was by attaching the frame directly to the computer with a USB cable, which is included.
Summary: As others mentioned, the documentation for the picture frame is horrible. Thus, I decided to hook the frame to my MacBook Pro using the supplied USB cable and transfer images. For some reason I could not eject the disk image after transferring the images from my computer to the frame and when I disconnected the USB cord it seemed to corrupt several of the images which in turn caused the frame to malfunction when it encountered the first corrupt image.