Imagine having millions of photographs able to be seen and enjoyed easily with friends and family. No more hiding photos in dusty photo albums, or leaving them in a shoebox to never see the light of day. No more plastering the walls with photos in photo frames; cluttering the room in chaotic color.
“What about social media?” I hear you say.
Sure, you can dump your thousands of digital photographs on social media, to be lost amongst the millions of photographs your friends and family have already dumped there, but what about when you have guests over to visit, or want to show people photos of that special memory. This is when the digital photo frame has real value.
Perhaps you have hundreds of photos from that special holiday or special occasion. Now it is possible to have all your photos shown in a single picture frame, that is constantly being refreshed with a new picture every few seconds.
If you are a parent, one of the things that you could do with digital photo frames is to have a separate dedicated photo frame for each child. Each photo frame would then be able to play a slideshow of photos telling the story of your child’s life. Can you imagine the look of horror on their faces when this lifetime of memories is shown at their twenty-first birthday?
Perhaps you are a newlywed couple, that want to give a meaningful gift to the friends and family that attended your wedding. What better way than a digital photo frame and a collection of your digital wedding photographs?
Maybe you love to travel and have exciting adventures. How easy would it be to have a digital photo frame displaying the photos and video clips from each holiday, with the quiet background sound of each location playing through the photo frames built-in stereo speakers?
I can almost hear the waves crashing on the shore, as pictures from that tropical island holiday, play across the screen of the digital photo frame.
As you can see, a digital photo frame is more than just another electronic device. It is the bearer of good memories; a means to allow us to recreate those special occasions and remember them as if they were yesterday.
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Best Digital Photo Frames Over $100
Best Digital Photo Frames Under $100
Why You Should Choose Your Digital Photo Frame Carefully?
Perhaps, like me, you too can see the myriad of potential uses for digital photo frames. Some people will want photos of their different children or grandchildren; imagine having one dedicated digital photo frame for every grandchild, playing a slideshow of just that child’s life.
Maybe you want some photos of the family at work to brighten up your day? It could be as a thank you gift to friends and family for attending your wedding? There are many more possibilities than these. What uses can you think of?
If you are considering buying digital photo frames, it will be important that you choose your digital photo frame carefully. Questions you should ask yourself may include some of the following:
- Where will the digital photo frame be displayed?
Depending on where the digital photo frame is to be displayed, will impact on your choices in terms of size, style and color.
- Who will be having the digital photo frame?
Depending on who will use the digital photo frame, will have an impact on the desirable features and the level of technical complexity for the digital photo frame.
- What purpose will the digital photo frame/s be used for?
Are you planning on having one digital photo frame, sitting on your parents’ coffee table while you take the children on holiday, while every few days of your holiday, you remotely update the photo frame with your latest holiday pictures?
Maybe you want to send a digital photo frame and a flash drive to your wedding guests? A more basic digital photo frame that allows photos to be uploaded by USB port may be more than adequate.
- How many digital photo frames will you need?
Depending on the reasons for buying the digital photo frames, this will determine how many you are going to need. Questions such as size and price may be more important than style, and level of technical complexity, if you are planning on buying them for all of your wedding guests.
What To Consider When Choosing A Digital Photo Frame
Having considered the questions above, you should now have a good idea about what kind of features you require when buying your digital photo frame.
Different digital photo frames will have differing resolutions. The lower the resolution, the poorer the quality of your photos will be. While choosing a low resolution digital photo frame may be one way of saving money; pixelated photos would be more disappointing than any satisfaction you may gain from the money saved.
Generally, it is not recommended to buy a digital photo frame with the resolution below 640 X 480, as the quality will be most disappointing.
Depending on the number of digital photo frames that you are planning on buying, and where they will be placed, will determine the most suitable size of digital photo frame for you. Digital photo frame sizes are often given in inches.
For example - a digital photo frame may be an eight-inch frame. This measurement, in inches, is the distance diagonally, from one corner to the opposite corner of the photo frame.
Are you wanting to display photos and videos on your digital photo frame or just photos? Are you likely to have many different photographs or is it likely to be a limited number for a single special occasion (such as a wedding)? Depending on what you intend to use the digital photo frame/s for, will determine a suitable level of memory for your needs.
Clearly if you are showing a limited number of still photographs from a wedding on the digital photo frame you will have less memory requirements, than showing all of your many holidays, including video clips, with full stereo sound, on a single digital photo frame.
Different digital photo frames may come with extra features. Some digital photo frames will come with email support; this can be of great benefit for a person who may want email base help with setting up and using their digital photo frame.
Some digital photo frames will have built-in Wi-Fi, allowing them to be accessed remotely. This can be a great feature for people who want to be able to store their photos online, providing a permanent backup for all their precious memories.
Some digital photo frames will have their own email address. While it may seem strange that a digital photo frame should have its own email address, this allows people to email photos from anywhere in the world, directly to the digital photo frame.
This would be a great feature to have a digital photo frame when members of a family live in different parts of the country. Imagine being able to send your Christmas photos, as soon as they are taken, straight to the digital photo frame of family that live halfway across the country.
Some digital photo frames come with a built-in motion Sensor, allowing them to automatically turn on when someone enters the room and then to automatically turn off again when they leave. This could be a great feature to have four rooms that are not constantly being used; such as meeting rooms and spare bedroom is.
Ease Of Use
There are really two key factors that will determine whether a digital photo frame is easy to use.
1) The first factor that will determine how easy a digital photo frame is to use will be a result of the design that has gone into making it. A well-designed electronic device should have an intuitive logic for the user when trying to use it.
2) The second factor that will determine how easy a digital photo frame is to use, will be the number of features that it has. Generally, the more features the digital photo frame has, the more complicated it will be to use. Some digital photo frames have so many features, they may make your smart phone look antiquated; while other digital photo frames have such limited features, as to be barely different from a traditional photo frame.
When choosing to buy your digital photo frame, you will want to consider who is going to be using the digital photo frame, and how easy it needs to be for them to use.
Best Digital Photo Frames Over $100
Once you have considered what you are looking for in your digital photo frame, you are going to have to choose from the many different options available. The following digital photo frames definitely won our vote.
Winner: The Nixplay Digital Photo Frame
The Nixplay Digital Photo Frame was a clear winner for us, when considering digital photo frames.
This digital photo frame is a quality product, capable of playing high definition video (with audio) as well as digital photographic images. The ability to play high-definition video makes this more than just a photo frame.
Imagine being able to send short video clips to the grandparents showing their grandchildren as they reach life’s milestones. Baby’s first word, the toddler walks, first day at school - all of these can be shown on the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame.
While the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame, has the standard USB and memory card ports, that one would expect a digital photo frame to have, it also has Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing it to be easily accessed from anywhere in the world that has Internet. This makes it easy to send photos directly to the digital photo frame using email or the Nixplay app.
This feature makes the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame an ideal present for grandparents; as photos and videos, of the grandchildren, can be easily uploaded to the photo frame, no matter where the grandparents live.
Another feature we like about the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame is the ability to access photos from your various online personal accounts, such as Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram. This adds versatility to where you can source the photos you want to display.
When setting up the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame, you will need to set up a Nixplay Cloud Account. A Nixplay Cloud Account not only allows you to manage the photos and videos for your Nixplay digital photo frame, it allows you to manage several different photo frames, using just the one Nixplay Cloud Account.
Nixplay offers a free Nixplay Cloud Account allowing you to synchronize up to 5 digital photo frames using the one account. Nixplay offer a plus account if you want to synchronize up to 10 frames. A Nixplay Cloud Account also provides online storage for your photos.
While there are many other features that make the Nixplay Digital Photo Frame a clear winner, in our opinion, the ability to wall mount the digital photo frame, means that you can enjoy the benefits of a digital photo frame, while at the same time having the experience of the traditional frame used for film based photographs.
The Nixplay Digital Photo Frame is our winner, not only because of its quality, but also because of its versatility.
Runner-Up: The Pix-Star Digital Photo Frame
Our runner-up in the Best Digital Photo Frame over $100 Category was the Pix-Star Digital Photo Frame.
As you would expect from a good quality digital photo frame, the pix Star digital photo frame is able to access photos using a USB port, removable memory card and Wi-Fi.
Pix-Star allows you to create a single web account, capable of managing up to 25 different digital photo frames, for free. This can be very useful, especially if you are managing several different digital photo frames, over several different locations (such as home, the office, the parents et cetera).
The pix Star digital photo frame has its own dedicated email address, allowing pictures to be sent both to and from the digital photo frame. We really like the ability to send photos to a single email address, resulting in them being uploaded to the digital photo frame, as this allows photos and videos to be sent by different family members from different locations.
We like the ability to email photos from the pix Star digital photo frame. Imagine having a friend or family member visiting, who sees a photo they like on your digital photo frame, and asks if they can have a copy. How easy it would be, to be able to quickly email them the photo that they desire.
The pix Star digital photo frame is able to access more than twenty online personal accounts, including Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram.
One nice feature about the Pix-Star digital photo frame, is that comes with a user-friendly remote-control, that allows the digital photo frame to be used without needing to touch the screen. Some digital photo frames are controlled using a touchscreen interface.
One of the disadvantages of a touchscreen interface is that the very screen being used to show the photos may end up with fingerprints all over it. This is not a problem for the pix Star photo frame as a remote control allows these same tasks down without to touch the screen.
Alternative: The PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame
While we feel that the Nixplay and the Pix-Star photo frames are the clear winners, in our opinion, if they are not exactly what you are looking for our first alternative would have to be the PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame.
We especially like the fact that the PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame comes with its own charging stand, making this digital photo frame conveniently portable. The ability to pass the digital photo frame around with visitors, in many ways gives the PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame the same benefits that we used to have with our photo albums.
The PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame is easily controlled by means of a touchscreen control panel. This makes it easy to use and access. While there are advantages in a remote-controlled digital photo frame, having a touchscreen control panel means that there is no danger of misplacing the remote control.
PhotoSpring has apps that allow you to easily send photos from your smart phone your photos print digital photo frame.
PhotoSpring has the ability to automatically select photos and format them for the best possible displaying.
As one would expect from a good digital photo frame, the PhotoSpring digital photo frame has Wi-Fi connectivity. Unfortunately, the PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame does not have a USB port, and thus requires photos and videos to be transferred via the Wi-Fi.
To compensate for not having a USB port, PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame is available in three different amounts of memory, beginning at 16 GB.
Best Digital Photo Frames Under $100
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Winner: The NIX Advance 8 Inch Digital Photo Frame
In our opinion, the best Digital photo frame, in the under $100 category, would have to be the NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame.
The NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame has USB and memory card ports, allowing for the easy installation of your photos and videos; just plug in your flash drive or memory card, and voila, your photos and videos are able to be instantly displayed.
As one would expect from a digital photo frame, the NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame is able to display both static photos and videos; even allowing for a mixture of photos and videos to be displayed in the same slideshow.
The NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame comes with a built-in motion Sensor, allowing the digital photo frame to automatically turn on when someone enters the room, and then to automatically turn off again when they leave.
The built-in motion Sensor can be set to automatically turn off if it has not sensed any movement for times between five minutes and one hour. We believe that this makes a great feature for areas that are not constantly in use, as well as the convenience of not having to remember to turn the digital photo frame off at the end of day.
The NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame comes with built in stereo speakers, allowing for audio playback to accompany your video clips, and a built-in calendar should you choose to use it.
The NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame comes with an easy to use remote-control, which means that you will not leave fingerprints on the screen when using the controls. Just because this digital photo frame has a remote control, that does not mean that you have to use it.
Runner-Up: The Micca Neo Series Digital Photo Frame
The runner-up in our under $100 category, is the Micca Neo Series Digital Photo Frame. This digital photo frame is easy to use and comes with a timer function allowing for automatic on-off control.
As one would expect from a digital photo frame, the Micca Digital Photo Frame has USB and SD memory card ports, allowing photos and videos to be easily uploaded to your digital photo frame.
If you are looking for a basic digital photo frame, that is good value for money, then the Micca Digital Photo Frame may be what you are looking for.
Like all good digital photo frames, the Micca Digital Photo Frame comes with built-in speakers, allowing it to play videos with audio. We especially like the fact that the Micca Digital Photo Frame has a built-in head phone jack; allowing videos to be quietly enjoyed, without disturbing others.
While the Micca Digital Photo Frame does not come with advanced features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, and email address upload, this simplicity makes it an ideal choice for people that are not as technically savvy.
The Micca Digital Photo Frame can be controlled using either built-in buttons or a remote control, providing flexibility in how you choose to use it.
If you are looking for the capacity of traditional photo albums and the versatility of modern digital photography, a digital photo frame can provide the best of both worlds. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know what is the right choice to make.
A digital photo frame allows us to show photos and videos, in ways that were not previously possible. Imagine sending photos directly to a digital photo frame for family and friends that do not live nearby.
A digital photo frame allows you to stay connected to friends and family, in ways that are only limited by your imagination. What better gift could there be for friends and family, than the gift of connection and memories. So, what are you waiting for?