Digital photo frames are a good solution if you do not want to display your photos solely on your computer or on paper prints. Digital photo frames are an LCD screen with some electronics behind it that allows you to load photos and display them.
The price of digital photo frames varies and is mostly driven by their LCD screen size and quality. There are other features that influence both price and performance. Here are some features to consider when buying a digital photo frame:
LCD size, resolution and brightness: The most important component of any digital photo frame is its LCD screen. The main purpose of a digital photo frame is to display photos and the LCD screen is the component that does that. Decide what LCD size you need based on the distance from which you will be viewing the photos.
Check what the LCD resolution is and what the maximum brightness it supports. Brightness is extremely important if you plan to use the frame in an environment that is well lit – for example on your desk in an office that has big windows and a lot of sunlight.
Make sure that the digital photo frame can be placed where planned. For example, if you plan to put it on your desk make sure that it has the appropriate support for that and that it will be stable and in the angle you want. If you plan to hang it on a wall – make sure that the frame was designed for that and that it has the right accessories.
Most digital photo frames do not have any built-in memory. Instead, they rely on external memory cards that are plugged into a special slot. Check what memory card types are supported by the digital photo frame. Usually, you would prefer that the card supported will be the same type as the card you are already using with your digital camera.
Some digital photo frames come with a remote control that enables you to remotely change the displayed photo, start a slide show and more.
A remote control is important if you plan to control the frame often (for example plan to switch photos manually as opposed to a constant photo slide show) and if you plan to place the photo frame far from where you are.