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Digital Photo Frames

TestFreaks Buying Guide
Before the existence of digital photo frames, what existed the...
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TestFreaks Buying Guide

Before the existence of digital photo frames, what existed then was flipping photo frames where you have to flip the frame to change the photos. With today’s technology no flipping is needed, it’s just by the touch of a remote or a button, in other words, it’s at the tips of your fingers. So, a digital photo frame basically is a picture frame that displays digital photos which you can change one by one or choose to play it like a slideshow. It is known to be the perfect way to playback your favorite pictures, songs, and videos.


Basic Features
Features included in frames tend to differ depending on the models. As of now the basic features include a USB2.0 interface for transferring images from computer or an additional option is along with the package of some frames, a software is provided that consumers need to install on their PC before making the transfer. Through a camera’s memory card, the digital photo frame can directly display photos. This is due to the fact that most normal frames do not have an internal memory/built-in memory which is why there’s always the option of an in-built memory frame. Most frames any kind of memory card. They vary from MMC, SD, xD, MS, CF I, CF II, MS Pro and MicoDrive. Furthermore, a feature that allows photos to be copied and paste in the frames through all these supported formats including the UBS connection. To play photos continuously is provided in the slideshow that has so far been featured in most frames. If the frame supports MP3 then the slideshow can be played with music otherwise it will do just fine playing by itself. A reminder, if playing the slideshow option, make sure the frame is fully charged. To charge the frame, many options are provided depending on the model of the frame. They include the adapter charging option, rechargeable batteries or via a USB port connecting to the pc. Basic supported audio format is MP3 and JPEG is what the photos format should be. Manuals are provided for the convenience of the consumers so that there would be no hassle when it comes to how to use the frame or how to go through the features.

Additional Features
Additional features included in frames, again differs by the models of the frame. As per the latest technology input in frames, many will be surprised to find as to what and how the latest technology contributes to modernize the frame. Additional features in a frame will probably suit consumers who have a likening for advanced gadgets.

Some of the frames in the market today have included the printing option which allows consumers to directly send their photos to be printed via a USB cable. On the other hand, certain frames have included the wireless connection so as to enable consumers to load their photos from sites like Flickr and Picasa and play them as slideshow on their respective frame. This option is provided if only the frame has the slideshow feature in it.

The alarm and calendar function are available in some frames only whereby consumers can set up the alarm and they will be awaken by the sound of their favorite music playing. This function is basically featured by frames that support the MP3 format. Video files as well in the supported formats of MPEG 1 and 4 can be played and viewed in certain frames that have chosen to feature this particular video option. Though as of now, very few frames support the AVI format. Together with that, the option to view Text files has also been implied in few frames. Other notable additional features are a menu, remote control, built-in stereo speakers and picture rotation.

Image & Resolution

Images shown depend on the resolution, pixels and the size of the digital photo frame. If the digital photo frame is that of 7 inch, then that will be the approximate size of the photos shown. Resolutions can be anything up to 1024 x 768 depending on its aspect ratio or the size of its displayed photos. Based on the aspect ratio of 16:9, the range of every image is extended or rather stretched to make the image produced look impressive and real. It is said that the higher the number of pixels is, the higher the resolution and sharpness will be. Consumers most likely have to browse through and try out different resolutions to what suits their digital photo frame the most. As for the size, digital photo frames come in all sizes from 8 to 15 inches. All these matter to create the displayer of perfect photos.

Personalize your frames

Having chosen your features, consumers can also style and personalize their frames’ appearance. Sizes by width vary from 7-inch to 15-inch and with that done, consumers can choose the color of their frames, be it pink, black or grey. Normally, it’s one color per frame. As for the placement of the frames, consumers can decide where to place it. Some of the frames can be hung on the wall. If by any case, consumers choose these kinds of frames then they might as well choose a color that will gel with the décor of their walls.


Purchasing a digital photo frame can be hassle-free if all is taken care of. Start firstly by properly choosing the features you would like your frame to have by browsing through the additional features that you will need the most. Like for example, whether you will need a big internal memory storage or would the supported formats be enough. Other features like the network connectivity, a remote control and a menu. Then moving on to the image quality that the frame will display by carefully choosing the resolutions, pixels and size of the frame. As soon as you will make your choice of frame with its appropriate features, you will find that the results will be more personalized as well as you will have an intuitive picture viewing.


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