Digital Picture Frames: Product Overview


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Digital picture frames allow you to display and change your photos at the touch of a button. It's never been easier to display your favorite photos. Digital picture frames became available around 2000. Today, the design of frames has been improved and refined, offering a no-fuss way to display your digital shots.

There are a wide range of models available in different screen sizes. You can get a small model perfect for a desk top that displays at 4x6 inches, or a wall-mounted model that has a square screen of 12 or 14 inches.

Depending on what your needs and preferences are, there are many sizes, frame styles, and features to choose from. Which ones are the most useful?

Photo Transfer

One of the most important aspects of a digital picture frame is how the photos are transfered to the frame. The earliest electronic frames transfered photos either from a computer through the use of a slow serial cable, and/or from the memory card of a digital camera, either in SmartMedia or CompactFlash format.

When transferring from a computer, it's a good idea to get a camera that supports the use of USB. A USB cable will transfer photos much faster than a serial cable.
If you plan to purchase a frame that accepts memory cards, look for models that accept both card types. You never know when you'll switch memory card types, or when a friends or family will visit with photos to share.

Many of today's high-end picture frames make it very easy to transfer photos. With WiFi wireless networking, you can send photos from your computer on the second floor of your house to a monitor that is displayed on the wall in the basement.


A versatile photo frame will display digital photos in formats like JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, PCX, and TGA. Whatever file format you're dealing with, you'll be able to view it on your digital frame.

Many high-end digital picture frames also feature media centers. Enjoy jukebox interfaces that will play your favorite music files in MP3 and WAV format, and movie players that accept video files in MPEG, DiVX, and QuickTime format. The newest models include internet connectivity. This allows you to display the weather, breaking news, or to e-mail photos at the touch of a button.

A quality electronic photo frame should display thumbnails of your images. Sort through your photos with this feature.

Some frames give you the option to add custom filters to your images. This is useful because it allows you to display a color photo as black and white, sepia, or blue in tone.

You will find frames displaying anywhere form 100 photos to literally thousands of photos, movies, and music files. Based on your needs, a digital picture frame should hold all the files you want, with room for more. This depends on your frame's abilities, and the size of your memory card.

If you are into design aesthetics, many digital viewers come with interchangeable decorative frames. This allows you to change a frame according to the decor of a room. The most inexpensive frames are plastic, and the most expensive are composed of fine finished woods and metals with furniture-grade construction.
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