Buying a digital photo frame

Digital photo frames have come a long way in recent years, no longer do you have to suffer a poor low resolution and cheap looking plastic frame (though these still exist a plenty). Here we only review good quality frames with high resolution screens. Afterall whats the point of a frame if your photos look better on your phone or computer screen. Apart from an improvement in frame designs and screen quality the newest frames offer wifi and cloud connectivity. Updating your frame from your phone or website makes keeping them up to date far easier than before. You can also give permission for friends or family to update your frame from any where in the world. Something especially useful for families living in other cities or countries.

The Screen

To get a good quality digital photo frame the first thing to look at is the screen quality and resolution. For frames of 10 inches and over you really want an HD screen (1920x1080) for your photos to look good. Also look for screens with IPS displays as they are generally the highest quality you will find on a digital photo frame.

Connectivity

To easily manage the photos on your photo frame look for a Wifi and cloud connected frame. Be aware though some of these will not work when no wifi network is available.

Build quality

The best of the new digital photo frames are made from premium materials like glass and alumimum. As is often the case you really get what you pay for here.

Video playback

If you are looking for video playback then the choice is limited, most of the cloud connected frames do not offer video playback. You should look at the Nix Lux frame which allows you to plug in a USB stick or SD card.

Aspect Ratio

The frames we review here come with 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. If you are displaying a 4:3 photo on a 16:9 display you will normally see empty areas on each side of the photo, or if you have chosen "zoom to fit" you may have important parts of the photo cut off. 16:9 frames really excel for video as most videos are record in 16:9.

Motion Sensors

A frame with a motion sensor will turn on when it senses movement and then turn off again if you leave the room for a time. This is really an essential feature as manually turning frames on and off takes away from the experience.