Digital Photo Frame like a shot and a chaser, a digital picture frame is the perfect complement to your digital camera or your smartphone’s camera roll. With so many photos on our phones, on hard drives, or in the cloud, it only makes sense to want a way to display them without having to print them out. A digital frame can rescue photos from the camera-roll graveyard, where they may only be seen and remembered when you frantically scroll through looking for something else. To find the best digital picture frame for you, read on to find out what to look for and which frames we recommend.
Digital Photo Frame
Digital Photo Frame some digital picture frames have built-in storage, where photos are saved locally on the frame or accessed from a MicroSD card that you insert into the frame, and which you can expand using a larger MicroSD card or cloud storage. Others are exclusively cloud-based, and require you to upload photos through an app, or you can email photos to the specific frame using a unique email address and those images will be uploaded directly. Many digital frames require an internet connection to receive photos, so if you are buying a gift for someone who doesn’t have access to the internet at home, you’ll want to choose one that is usable without Wi-Fi.
On the flip side, if you want to be able to add photos straight from your phone via an app, or to remotely add photos to a frame you’ve given as a gift, you’ll want one with a good app for uploading new images, or a frame that can pull from a specific Dropbox folder or photo album in your camera roll. And if you want to display photos that were not originally digital — whether they were taken recently or years ago, some frames offer scanning options within their dedicated apps that make it easier to upload vintage photos and other printed photos, or even, for example, a child’s artwork, if you happen to have a young Picasso (or simply an enthusiastic crafter) on your hands.
Though some brands offer smaller digital frames, the most common screen size is around nine or 10 inches. You can also find larger frames that measure around 15 inches (so larger than the screen of a 13-inch laptop) if you want to display your photos in a larger space. For screen resolution, look for 720p or higher; anything lower and your photos may look grainy or blurry due to less pixels. Resolution measures pixels per inch (PPI), and the fewer pixels per inch, the grainier the image. We’ve listed both the resolution and the diagonal screen measurement for each frame below; the device itself will be larger once you account for the frame around the screen.
Style-wise, digital picture frames trend toward minimal and simple; you won’t find any golden rococo options on the market. We looked for attractive frames that could match a variety of décor styles, with clean lines in classic colors or simple decorative bezels. You should also think about the photos you want to display relative to how the frame will sit on a desk or shelf or hang on a wall; some frames only stand vertically, making them ideal for photos in a vertical portrait orientation, some only stand horizontally, making them ideal for photos in a horizontal landscape mode, and some can stand either vertically or horizontally. Unless you only plan to upload photos in only one mode, the best frames will be able to adequately handle a mix of portrait and landscape photos no matter the frame’s physical orientation in your home.