Best Digital Photo Frames of 2017

Linda Thomson
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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.

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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Our Test Results

Product
Price
Overall Rating
9
8.8
8.5
8.3
8.1
7.7
7.3
6.9
Display
10
8.8
9.3
9.3
10
9.8
7.5
5.8
User Experience
8.3
8.5
8.3
9
8
7.3
7.8
10
Versatility
8
10
6.3
4.3
2.5
1.8
5.3
7.8
Help & Support
7.8
7
10
10
10
10
10
5.3
Multiple Frame Colors
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Connectivity
N/A
N/A
N/A
Screen Size (inches)
7
10.4
8
8
8
7
8
10
Remote Control
N/A
Touchscreen
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Phone App
N/A
N/A
N/A
Motion Sensor
N/A
N/A
N/A
Setup Ease of Use
50%
75%
75%
75%
95%
50%
75%
95%
Overall Ease of Use
80%
80%
75%
75%
100%
75%
90%
95%
Remote Access
N/A
N/A
N/A
Internal Memory
4 GB
4 GB
2 GB
8 GB
512 MB
8 GB
128 MB
0
Flickr
N/A
N/A
N/A
Instagram
N/A
N/A
N/A
Screen Type
LED
LED
IPS
IPS
LCD
IPS
LED
LCD
Photo Quality
100%
93%
88%
100%
100%
90%
86%
90%
Content via Email
N/A
N/A
N/A
Picasa
N/A
N/A
N/A
Movies
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Facebook
N/A
N/A
N/A
Video
N/A
N/A
N/A
Internal Gyroscope
N/A
N/A
Portrait
Dropbox
N/A
N/A
N/A
Aspect Ratio
16:9
4:3
4:3
4:3
4:3
16:10
16:9
4:3
Audio
N/A
N/A
N/A
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
Landscape
Photobucket
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
USB Flash Drive Port
N/A
N/A
Wall Display
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Audio Messages
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Games
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
SD Card Slot
N/A
N/A
Display Intervals Range
2 Hours
12 Hours
30 Minutes
55 Minutes
1 Hour
30 Minutes
57 Seconds
15 Minutes
Desk Display
Number of Transitions
4
12
4
16
11
2
7
10
Warranty
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Phone
N/A
N/A
Email
Chat
N/A
N/A
N/A

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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