Digital photo frames buying guide

Now that most people have a digital camera it makes sense to show-off those digital photos.

Instead of having to print them off, or use a laptop, a digital photo frame is a great way to view and enjoy your pictures.

Digital photo frames enable you to show off more than one image by using internal memory, or more commonly a memory card, and can store and display hundreds of images. These can then be set up as a slideshow with animated transitions or as collages with many images on screen at once.

Some digital photo frames can also play music and video footage along with calendars and clocks, and most can be displayed in landscape or portrait - automatically rotating and scaling images to best fit the screen.

What to look for:

  • Size: digital photo frames range from tiny 2.5-inch models up to around 10-inch at the largest end.
  • Aspect ratio: most frames are currently the squarer 4:3 design, although a number offer a widescreen 16:9 shape - which is useful if you have a widescreen camera.
  • Resolution: this is the number of pixels used to generate the picture. At smaller sizes expect around 320x240, going up to 800x480 for high-end models.
  • Memory card: most frames provide a memory card reader that supports a number of formats to store your photos on. This makes it easy to transfer and view images from your camera or computer.
  • Internal memory: some models provide internal memory so you don't need an additional memory card.
  • Clock and calendar: frames that offer calendar and clock features can tie these in to the slideshow, so you can see when a photograph was taken.
  • Video and audio support: more versatile frames offer music playback and video support.
  • Wi-Fi: a number of high-end models support Wi-Fi. This enables frames to stream photos from networked computer, upload and download images from the internet, integrate with Facebook and other advanced features.
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