Best Digital Photo Frames of 2018

Linda Thomson ·
Writer/Reviewer
Updated
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We invested 50 hours testing 15 digital photo frames with a panel of four experts with a strong knowledge of photography. With their input and our own research, we narrowed our selection to 10 frames and landed on the Sungale Cloud Frame as our top pick. This versatile digital photo frame had clearest and most cleanly delineated photographs of all the frames we tested. The display was bright, photo details were clearly visible, and we were impressed with the easy access of pictures and video from social media. The frame is easy to use, can be remotely controlled once it is set up, and can transmit photos to others.

Editor’s Note: We’ve added Pigeon Tyke and Digital Foci D-Light Box to our comparison table below.  

Best Overall
Sungale Cloud Frame
With a Sungale Cloud Frame, you get beautifully clear views of the photos in your collection, and they can be nicely organized and easily stored. You also get easy access to photos from social media.
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Best Budget
Nixplay Seed W07A
The Nixplay Seed W07A offers a great, high-resolution display for your photos, and the frame comes in different colors. The Nixplay app also lets you share photos from your phone to other Nixplay frames.
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Best Basic
Aluratek ADMPF108F
The Aluratek ADMPF108F does not use Wi-Fi; it gets photos from a flash drive or camera card, which is great for people who are wary of technology. You, and they, can still enjoy cherished photos and videos.
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Price
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$159.99Amazon
$130.00Amazon
$158.99Amazon
$47.99Amazon
$99.99Amazon
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$99.00Amazon
Overall Rating
9
8.8
8.5
8.3
8.1
7.7
7.3
6.9
6.9
5.9
Display
10
8.8
9.3
9.3
10
9.8
7.5
5.8
6.8
7.3
User Experience
8.3
8.5
8.3
9
8
7.3
7.8
10
6.5
7.3
Versatility
8
10
6.3
4.3
2.5
1.8
5.3
7.8
6
1.5
Help & Support
7.8
7
10
10
10
10
10
5.3
10
5.3
Multiple Frame Colors
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Wi-Fi Connectivity
-
-
-
-
Screen Size (inches)
7
10.4
8
8
8
7
8
10
10
8
Remote Control
-
-
Touchscreen
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Phone App
-
-
-
-
Motion Sensor
-
-
-
-
Setup Ease of Use
50%
75%
75%
75%
95%
50%
75%
95%
100%
30%
Overall Ease of Use
80%
80%
75%
75%
100%
75%
90%
95%
100%
25%
Remote Access
-
-
-
-
Internal Memory
4 GB
4 GB
2 GB
8 GB
512 MB
8 GB
128 MB
0
2 GB
4 GB
Flickr
-
-
-
-
-
Instagram
-
-
-
-
-
Screen Type
LED
LED
IPS
IPS
LCD
IPS
LED
LCD
-
LCD
Photo Quality
100%
93%
88%
100%
100%
90%
86%
90%
61%
58%
Content via Email
-
-
-
-
-
Picasa
-
-
-
-
-
Movies
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Facebook
-
-
-
-
-
Video
-
-
-
-
Internal Gyroscope
-
-
-
-
Portrait
-
Dropbox
-
-
-
-
-
Aspect Ratio
16:9
4:3
4:3
4:3
4:3
16:10
16:9
4:3
4:3
4:3
Audio
-
-
-
Resolution
1024 x 600
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
800 x 600
1024 x 600
800 x 601
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
800 x 600
Landscape
Photobucket
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
USB Flash Drive Port
-
-
Wall Display
-
-
-
-
-
Audio Messages
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Games
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
SD Card Slot
-
-
Display Intervals Range
2 Hours
12 Hours
30 Minutes
55 Minutes
1 Hour
30 Minutes
57 Seconds
15 Minutes
120+ Hours
24 Hours
Desk Display
Number of Transitions
4
12
4
16
11
2
7
10
1
-
Warranty
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Phone
-
-
-
Email
Chat
-
-
-
-
-
Best Overall
The Sungale Cloud Frame, a tidy 7-inch Wi-Fi electronic picture frame, dazzled us with the clarity and crispness of the photos it showed. It stores pictures in the cloud, so you’ll never risk losing them. You can access images from Facebook, Dropbox, Google Plus and Twitter.
This handy frame can sit nicely on a nightstand, desk or end table, or you can hang it from a wall. This is a multi-functional frame, so you can get considerably more use from it than a traditional device that simply shows photos. Even if the grandparents live thousands of miles away, if they own a Sungale Cloud Frame, you can remotely send photos of you and the children quickly and easily. This digital picture frame lets you share photos immediately after you take them, so everyone can share in the excitement and fun of a birthday party, a game of dress-up or just a happy meal with everyone around the table. The Sungale Cloud Frame can also stream movies, TV shows and web content.
Pros
  • You get vivid and clear photo displays.
  • You can access photos on various social media.
  • You can share photos with someone far away.
Cons
  • It is hard to set up at first.
  • The touchscreen attracts fingerprints and needs to be wiped clean frequently.
  • You do not get live chat customer support.
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Best Budget
This stylish digital photo frame comes in different colors, which helps it fit into a room’s décor better than many competitors whose frames come only in black. Your photos are stored in the cloud, and if you give someone an affordable Nixplay Seed as a gift, you can zap off photos or emails to that person from your iPhone or Android mobile phone using the Nixplay mobile app.
The electronic frame can be placed on a table or desk and kept in an upright position by bending its stiff cord, which creates a kind of stand, although sometimes you have to fiddle with it a bit to make that happen. The frame has a motion detector built into its design so you will not have to bother with remembering to turn it on or off. You also can control the frame remotely if you want, and this capability makes it a wonderful gift for a grandparent, older friend or anyone who has challenges with mobility. You can use different frame settings to suit your mood. The Seed will show the most recent photos, do photo transitions, shuffle photos, show captions or serve as a clock. Its manufacturer also favors corporate social responsibility: For every Nixplay Seed you buy, the firm will make sure a tree seed gets planted via Trees for the Future.
Pros
  • Photo resolution is great.
  • You can share photos on social media.
  • A tree seed is planted when you buy this frame.
Cons
  • It's sometimes hard to get this frame to stand up.
  • You occasionally experience some glare.
  • It does not support audio or video.
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Best Basic
The Aluratek ADMPF108F lets you enjoy your photographs, and offers video and audio capabilities, but does not require or use Wi-Fi. This is mixed blessing since it means you can see the pictures you cherish even in an area that lacks Wi-Fi, but you will need to put a bit more effort into accessing your pictures.
You get the images onto your Aluratek through a thumb drive or a camera card, and the initial setup is a breeze. A helpful remote control makes it simple to control the frame from a distance. The Aluratek comes with built-in speakers so you can add musical accompaniments to your photo as they appear on the screen. It also supports videos. Although you cannot access photos from social media via Wi-Fi, you can load photos to a storage device and then put them into the Aluratek frame's internal storage. This has only 512MB of space to hold photos, which is not that much when contrasted with a number of other frames on the market. However, this is decent amount of space for pictures, and you can always access other photos through a thumb drive.
Pros
  • This is easy to set up.
  • You use a thumb drive or camera card.
  • This supports audio and video.
Cons
  • The colors can look a bit faded.
  • You must work a bit to load photos.
  • The frame's storage is only 512MB.
$40.99Amazon
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Why Trust Us?
After checking out the range of digital photo frames that are available and sought after by consumers, we got 15 and set them up side by side, showing the same photos in the same lighting to our four experts. Each expert has links to great photography, as well as individual expertise in handling cameras and generally understanding and appreciating what constitutes a good photograph.

We spent 50 hours researching digital photo frames, and our expert viewing was part of that time. Each person examined the photo displays and gave ratings for clarity, color and overall aesthetic quality. We then averaged those scores to obtain an overall quality score for each frame. We used photos from a mobile phone, images from an SD card, and vintage 1970s paper photos that had been scanned onto a thumb drive to see how well each electronic picture frame displayed each type of photo.

We also looked for such things as the amount of glare from the frame, the overall functionality of each frame, how easily photos can be accessed, and the amount of internal storage in frames that do not use Wi–Fi. We also evaluated how difficult it is to set up the frames right out of the box, how easy they were to use, how long you could display a photo slideshow, and the effectiveness of such things as remote controls, among other metrics.

How We Tested
Testing numerous pictures on 15 digital photo frames was a visual treat. Our well-prepared experts all have worked in areas where they had to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of photography and overall image aesthetics. They not only issued numerical scores for various characteristics, but also wrote comments and observations about each, which helped eliminate five electronic digital frames that simply didn't offer good image quality, brightness, trueness of color and other factors. The wording of our judges’ comments influenced, to some degree, the written reviews of each frame. The number grades, once averaged and scored, directly affected the ranking of different frames.

Each judge acted independently using his or her own judgment and relying on their individual capabilities with a camera and their personal ideas of aesthetics.

What to Look for in a Digital Photo Frame

Photo Clarity

The very purpose of a digital photo frame is to constantly show pictures of people, places and things you love, so you naturally will want the sharpest, clearest images possible. Even lower-priced digital photo frames can offer impressive images if they are well designed. It's best to look for a digital photo frame with a high resolution, since this will provide the best photo display.

Memory

It can be delightful to watch the faces of your loved ones or beloved vacation spots on your digital photo frame. With a robust memory built into the device, you can store a greater number of images and other materials, which will add to your viewing pleasure.

Versatility

Some frames have extra functionality and let you include videos and music. A few will even stream radio, TV or internet materials. You also can enjoy syncing with social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox and Photobucket. With these options, you can share pictures and other materials with people across the country or even across the world.

Ease of Use

Setting up a digital photo frame and then using it should be relatively simple tasks, and they generally are with the highest-quality digital photo frames. Some are even equipped with a remote control, which can be quite helpful for anyone who has mobility issues or if the frame is displayed high on a wall where it's awkward to reach.


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