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Digital picture frames

What's behind our digital picture frame Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 29 models in digital picture frames to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is in performance order, based on picture quality, versatility and ease of use.
  • Picture quality
    Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who viewed photographs on each device, as well as lab measurements including viewing angle.
  • Viewing angle
    Viewing angle indicates the quality of images when viewed from 45 degrees of the center line both horizontally and vertically. This is important if you are standing above the frame and looking down, sitting at an angle to the frame, or sitting with the frame positioned above you. Viewing angle is calculated into the picture quality score.
  • Versatility
    Versatility mainly includes characteristics that aid in versatility and convenience. Those include the presence of hardware and menu-based navigation features. Also considered are the number of memory-card and USB slots; built-in memory; brightness, color, and contrast controls; removable picture frames and any extra frames included; audio and video playback; audio and video connections; PC-to-device image transfer speeds; number and duration of slideshow timings; the ability to delete images; and handling of non-compatible image formats.
  • Ease of use
    Ease of use includes characteristics that aid in the usability of the frame. Those take into account included cables, Mac compatibility, desk-mounting options, included remote control, auto-rotate and orientation, and handling of different photo formats, sizes, and quantity.

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Recommended digital picture frames

Recommended digital picture frames are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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With the advent of digital picture frames, you can showcase many photos in one frame-a benefit for new parents, grandparents or any photography buff. In addition to making it possible for you to cycle through a slideshow of your favorite photos, some digital picture frames allow you to accompany the images with music or narration. If you're looking for information about digital camera frames, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ digital camera frame reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our digital camera frame buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and digital camera frame reviews to help you choose the best digital camera frame for your needs.

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FotoConnect XD PXT510WR02
A 10.4 inch digital picture frame with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It has 1000MB internal memory, a remote control and Wi-Fi.

Digital picture frame buying guide

Chalk up another venue for the ever-versatile digital photograph

A digital photo frame could be a good idea for anyone who's tired of seeing the same old lineup of photos on the mantel. That's because you can make the pictures inside the frame change automatically. Most frames let you simply insert your camera's memory card and choose the photos you want to show, but there are other options, one of which is the use of wireless connections.

Most frames contain built-in memory, so you can store photos in the frame and then return the memory card to your camera. Some can store and play digital music to accompany photos and others can play short digital video clips, although not all of those can play audio with the video.

Frames generally range in size from about 3x5 to 10x12 inches. What's more important is the display area within the frame. We tested 7- and 8-inch frames, measured diagonally. Our tests showed that a number of models have some glitches that affect setup and use, and menus that can be confusing. But those issues can be overcome with a little effort.

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