We live in an exciting time where you can have a whole galaxy worth of photos and videos available to you from anywhere in the world. As long as you have access to the internet, you have access to a gallery that can span a lifetime. But there’s still value in having a way to display your favorite photos in your home.Digital photo frames can serve as dedicated art for your home or office, and they come with a plethora of features that traditional frames could simply never be capable of.
If you’re looking for the best digital photo frame, HotRate has what you need.We offer dedicated reviews for 10 of the best models and an in-depth guide so you can shop with confidence.
- 10 Best Digital Picture Frames
- 1. Skylight Frame 10″ WiFi Digital Picture Frame
- 2. NIX Lux 13″ Digital Photo Frame X13B Wood (Non-WiFi)
- 3. Aluratek (ADPF07SF) 7″ Digital Photo Frame
- 4. Nixplay Seed 10.1″ Digital Wi-Fi Photo Frame
- 5. Pix-Star 10″ Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Picture Frame
- 6. Micca NEO 15″ 8GB Digital Photo Frame
- 7. BSIMB 8″LED Digital Picture Fr
- 8. MRQ 8″ HD IPS Digital Photo Frame
- 9. PhotoSpring 10″ 16GB WiFi Cloud Digital Picture Frame
- 10. Aura 10” HD Digital Photo Frame
- Digital Photo Frame Buyer’s Guide
10 Best Digital Picture Frames
1. Skylight Frame 10″ WiFi Digital Picture Frame
Setting up the Skylight digital photo frame is as easy as hanging a standard frame. All you have to do is plug it in, use the touchscreen to connect it to your existing wireless network, and upload photos to your heart's delight. While it's not especially loaded down with features, it's the best choice for people who just want a good looking digital frame without having to learn the intricacies of a new device. And if you're looking to add a little flair to your presentation, it even comes with stereo speakers built right in. The Skylight picture frame also supports SD cards and USB if you want to upload your photos locally, and it offers a respectable 8 GB of built-in storage.
2. NIX Lux 13″ Digital Photo Frame X13B Wood (Non-WiFi)
The NIX Lux doesn't come with Wi-Fi capabilities. While that may be a make or break point for some customers, the wealth of features offered in this digital picture frame are some of the best that we've encountered. The Hu-Motion sensor can conserve power by turning off the frame when there aren't people in the room, and you have a variety of different options for organizing the photos that appear in your slideshows. This frame can transition between landscape and portrait mode seamlessly, and it includes both a clock and a calendar function for greater versatility. And with its razor thin design, it's as well suited to being mounted on your wall as it is to being set on your bedside table.
3. Aluratek (ADPF07SF) 7″ Digital Photo Frame
Looking for a digital picture frame that's a little more compact? This seven inch frame from Aluratek will fit comfortably just about anywhere, and it's also one of the cheapest digital picture frames around with its $30 price tag. That said, it's a pretty basic digital frame, but that's an advantage as well. As soon as you start it up, it will automatically begin a slideshow containing all of your connected photos. A huge variety of different photo formats are supported, and you can plug in an SD card up to 32 gigabytes in size, so your whole collection should fit comfortably in this digital photo frame.
4. Nixplay Seed 10.1″ Digital Wi-Fi Photo Frame
The most significant improvement the Nixplay Seed has over the Nix Lux is the presence of Wi-Fi capabilities, and Nix really makes the most of that feature. This digital photo frame lets you share photos through Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and a variety of other social media and cloud storage services, and you can even use the Nixplay app to use your phone as a remote control for this photo frame Nixplay original. This Nix Plus also comes with one of the coolest features that the Nix Lux offers: an infrared Hu-Motion sensor that powers off your frame when there's no one present to see it.
5. Pix-Star 10″ Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Picture Frame
Pix-Star has created a frame that corrdinates neatly and cleanly with both your online and personal identity. 8 MB of internal memory makes it easy to upload your favorite pictures from your camera or USB sticks into this frame, while the integration for an impressive raft of social networks like Google Photos, Flickr, and Facebook transforms this frame into a seamless stream of your life with little to no effort on your part. And it's just as useful for sharing your photos with friends and family. Videos and photos can be delivered via email to anyone in the world directly through the frame interface.
6. Micca NEO 15″ 8GB Digital Photo Frame
The most obvious distinguishing factor of the Micca NEO is its size. If you're looking for a frame that will display each image in your collection big and bright, this 15 inch model is one of the best choices for your home. All you have to do to get it up and running is plug it in, and the inclusion of 8 megabytes of storage ensures that you can keep a pretty substantive collection loaded up in your slideshow at once. But this Nix advance frame additionally offers impressive support for video playback (with a max HD resolution of 720p) letting you use its decently sized screens to project your favorite home videos for all of your guests.
7. BSIMB 8″LED Digital Picture Fr
BSIMB's frame is a pretty basic way to stream your image library, but it's effective enough to get the job done, and it has a budget price to match. The backlit LED display promises a 4:3 aspect ratio and is understated but bright enough to display vivid colors from your favorite photos. And there's a surprising amount of functionality on display here as well. Reminders, clocks, and a calendar are all supported, and it even offers the ability to play video at an impressive resolution of 1080p. That's complemented by the fact that it's compatible with USB and memory cards up to 32 gigabytes in size.
8. MRQ 8″ HD IPS Digital Photo Frame
This 8 inch model from MRQ may be small and cheap, but it offers some of the best versatility you'll find in a photo frame. Not only does it support videos and images at a beautiful 1084 x 768 resolution, but it can also be used to play your favorite music as well. And with the ability to hold cards with a capacity of up to 32 gigabytes, you don't need to worry about running out of space to work with. Add in the ability to switch seamlessly between landscape and portrait orientation and a host of other cool features and a dedicated remote control, and it's easily one of the best values we've found.
9. PhotoSpring 10″ 16GB WiFi Cloud Digital Picture Frame
If the traditional 8 gigabytes of internal storage space isn't enough for your expansive photo collection, the PhotoSpring might be the best choice for you. The combination of Wi-Fi connectivity and double the standard internal storage capacity means that you can have all of your favorite and most recent photos on hand, and if you ever do need to pare down your connection, the dedicated app makes the whole process smooth and simple. The display also includes a touchscreen interface, so you can just as easily manipulate your slideshows and internal storage directly if you prefer. It also offers the best storage capacity we've seen.
10. Aura 10” HD Digital Photo Frame
The Aura frame may be on the expensive end, but it sets the standards for how good this breed of product can be. You get free and expansive cloud storage to easily send photos to the frame, and it offers a best resolution that outmatches even the PhotoSpring. You get unlimited photo sharing without having to pay any monthly fees. But the coolest feature here is the intelligent photo curation that uses automatic face detection to more prominently highlight close friends and family. And the Alexa capabilities mean that you don't need to know an email address to send your favorites to loved ones.
Digital Photo Frame Buyer’s Guide
How large of a screen you need is one of the easiest decisions you can make. While the majority of these devices are either eight or ten inches, the best (and generally more expensive) ones come in sizes far larger. Consider the space you have in your home or your office as well as what you intend to use these products for before choosing a size. A larger screen is especially useful if you want to use your digital photo frame for video playback.
Resolution is measured in the amount of megapixels on the screen. This is an instance where bigger is always better, but the appropriate resolution is going to depend on the size of your screen, since lower resolutions on larger devices can lead to less clear and more pixelated results. Regardless of the size of your digital photo frame, we recommend a resolution of at least 800 x 600, but 1024 x 768 is the ideal you should look for if you’re trying to get the best resolution.
Some but not all digital photo frames come with built-in storage, and we find it to be one of the most important features to look for when shopping for a digital frame photo gadget. If your device isn’t Wi-Fi enabled, a lack of digital storage functionality means you’ll have to dedicate entire SD cards or a USB drive to your frame. And Wi-Fi enabled devices won’t do you much good without storage if the internet goes down.
Most frames are going to come with 8 gigabytes of storage. This is enough to hold roughly 30,000 pictures, and that should be more than enough space for most users. But if you have a particularly expansive image collection or you’re looking to send videos to your frame, you may want to opt for something with a higher capacity.
Frames are most commonly powered directly through an AC adapter that can be plugged into your wall, but some are battery powered, and others present the option to use either. Cable powered frames are obviously convenient because they allow you to share and send your favorite photos without having to worry about your battery dying, but they limit where you can place your frame, and if you’re looking to mount it on the wall, the notion of a dangling cord can result in an eyesore. The best choice will be determined by your particular situation.
A picture frame won’t do you much good if you don’t have a way to move your image collection onto it, but there’s fortunately a model available for practically every taste and every situation. The biggest question is whether or not wireless connectivity is a big deal for you. Investing in a model that only supports local media is cheaper, but the ability to upload an image gallery straight from your computer – or even directly from your favorite social media and cloud platforms – is a huge convenience. Below, we’ll outline the most common connections a typical frame offers.
- Wi-Fi connectivity lets you transfer your photos directly to your frame over the internet. But the devil is in the details when looking for a digital from that supports remote wireless connectivity. You ideally want to find a cloud digital photo frame that’s compatible with your favorite social media networks and cloud streaming services so your frame will automatically add photos to its memory. Many Wi-Fi connected devices can even send your favorite images and videos directly to an email address of your friends and family directly through the interface.
- USB ports may be a ubiquitous method for transferring data between computers, but they aren’t always the best choice when working with a digital frame. If you’re regularly looking to transfer image libraries from your computer to your frame, then a frame with support for a USB stick might be useful to have. Otherwise, there are better options. One advantage (albeit one rarely found) is the ability to charge your frame using a USB cable.
- The most common local connection for a digital photo frame is an SD memory card, and there’s a good reason for that. SD cards are used to store data in everything from your phone to your camera to your camcorder, and they’re available in a wide variety of capacities. You don’t have to worry yourself too much about the standards for SD cards. A frame that supports SDHC cards will likely support SDXC cards and vice versa.
The ability to play videos is nice but rather common feature in digital frames, so if you want the ability to share your favorite recorded memories in full widescreen, yo’ll want to make sure that the model you choose supports that. Videos use a separate resolution standard from pictures. 720p is the lowest resolution you’ll find, but the standard 1080p resolution is what you should look for if you want decently high-quality HD widescreen video.
Less common is the ability to stream music. While many models come with a built-in speaker, only one model on our list – the MRQ – lets you play music through it. It offers the unique advantage of pairing your favorite photo galleries up with a suitable soundtrack.
Ease of Use
In terms of setup, most photo frames are pretty simple. If your model only supports local media, you generally just have to plug it in and stick in your memory card or USB stick. With wireless models, there’s usually a configuration process (especially if you’re looking to sync to a streaming service).
What you should pay closer attention to is the navigational interface. Many devices offer touch screen controls so you can more easily manage your photos, play widescreen video, and send images and videos to your loved ones. But often better is the inclusion of a remote controller or compatibility with an app. Apps are free, although how well they work and what functions they offer can vary significantly. But, especially when trying to manage photos from the cloud, a dedicated app can make things much easier.
A number of other features can make your device easier to use. The inclusion of a motion sensor means your device will only turn off when there’s no one in the room, while automatic rotation capabilities ensure that your photos will shift seamlessly between portrait and landscape modes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Choose a Digital Picture Frame?
The most important factors to consider are size, resolution, and connection types when you’re on the search for a frame. If you need help, our guide above details the important specs so you can more easily pick the digital photo frame that’s suited to your home.
How Do Digital Picture Frames Work?
Fundamentally, a digital photo frame is very similar to a tablet, but it’s designed to strip out the higher level features to focus on doing one thing well. It’s essentially a tiny computer packed into a screen, and once you’re done uploading photos, digital frames will automatically display them in a slideshow format.
What is the Largest Size Digital Photo Frame?
There are a lot of specialized photo frames on the market today, and some manufacturers create models as large as 32″ diagonally. That said, these tend to be expensive outliers that you really have to scour Amazon to find. In general terms, a 15″ frame is considered to be on the large side.
What is a Wireless Picture Frame?
A wireless picture frame is a frame that supports Wi-Fi cloud digital photo uploads. Typically, these devices can automatically sync up to the social media networks and cloud services that you use on your smartphone and PC and display photos (and sometimes videos) from them on the screen.
Digital photo frames have a surprising amount of variety, but if you’re looking for a model that will treat you right, we think you’ll be happy with any model on our review list. If you opt for a model that supports local media, we suggest you browse our guides to the best flash drives and the best SD card readers of 2020.