The Bottom Line
- Excellent print quality
- Doubles as a digital photo frame
- Boxy and unattractive photo frame
- Bluetooth optional
- Limited on-board photo editing
- Low-res screen
- Operates via remote only
- Compact color photo printer
- Makes 4x6" prints
- Tiltable 7-inch LCD screen
- Support for multiple memory cards, including CompactFlash (Type I and II), Secure Digital (SD), SDHC, MMC, and Memory Stick
- USB connection to PC
- Uses custom ink and paper
- PictBridge compatible
- Various slideshows for photos
Guide Review - Epson PictureMate Show Digital Photo Printer
The Epson PictureMate Show was almost exactly as fast as the PictureMate Charm; a 4x6 print took 52 seconds to print (the Canon Selphy takes just over a minute. The printer offers a few basic on-board photo editing options, such as red-eye removal, and a few color options (sepia or black-and-white). The printer can only be used with the included remote control, which makes sense if you're using it as a digital frame but can be a bit cumbersome when you're actually printing photos (I touched the large, tilting screen a few times, forgetting that it wasn't a touchscreen but wishing it was). Also, the screen's resolution is 800x480 dpi, which isn't particularly good or sharp.
The Show can print without being attached to a computer (it accepts a wide variety of SD card and is PictBridge compatible; it can also connect via USB to a computer).
As big as the screen is, photos don't look all that great displayed on it. It's not got a huge amount of internal memory, either--it comes with 270 MB built in, though of course you can up that by using a memory card.
The printer doesn't come cheap, either, at about $300. A Bluetooth adapter will run another $39, with ink and paper another $37.99 for "about 150 glossy photos." So while it does a great job on lab-quality photos, if you're serious about wanting a digital photo frame, you might want to consider buying one separately, since this big box isn't going to complement anyone's decor.