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Digital Picture Frames - What to Look For & Interesting Uses For Them

Nov 6th 2015 at 4:00 AM

Digital picture frames are are a great way to view your favorite pictures, family vacation pictures, baby pictures, well, you get the picture. You can display either one picture, or run a slideshow of many pictures.

What To Look For


Today's digital picture frames range in size from 2 inches to up to 40 inches! Yes, that's right, 40 inches! The most typical size purchased though is from 7 to 10 inches - big enough to display a 4x6 or 5x7 picture. The larger the size, the larger the price. Decide where you want to place the digital frame first then you'll have a better idea of how big the screen should be for viewing.


Digital picture frames come in all sizes and looks. You can buy ones with metal, wood, or even plastic looking frames. Many models now come with interchangeable plates (frames) so you can choose the look that best works with your decor. There are two types of picture finish, matte and glass. A matte finish works best as a glass finish can create glare.


Resolution refers to how many pixels are on the screen. The more pixels the better the clarity and richness of the picture. Lately, there have been a lot of good deals out there for digital picture frames. Prices have really come down these past few years. However, check the specs on the picture frame carefully. Many of these "great deals" have low resolutions which means poor display quality.


The best way to ensure you'll like the digital frame is to test it out first. How does the picture quality look? Do the pictures look vibrant? Do the pictures load fast during the slideshow? If you back away 7 feet, can you see the picture fine? What if you move to the left and right, does the picture show well or is there glare


All digital picture frames need to be plugged into a wall outlet. Some models have an internal battery or allow for rechargeable batteries so you can pass your picture frame around the room to others without cables. To save money, look for an auto on/off feature in a digital frame. Frames with this feature can be programmed to come on only at night but turn off at a certain hour.

Enhanced Features

Digital picture frames can do more than just display pictures. Many frames also play songs (mp3's) and videos. Consult the instructions on the box as to which type of formats the frame takes. Different brands accept different formats. Video is another cool feature you can upload into your digital frame. You can upload any videos (ensure the format is supported by your frame). The possibilities are endless - home movies, music videos, movies, tv shows, you name it. Nonetheless, the smooth playing of a video depends on the quality of the picture frame you purchase.

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