Comparable to the way the digital camera changed the way we take photos, digital picture frames are changing the way we display those photos. Rather than the old-school method of one picture per frame, a digital photo frame lets you display and share all your photos in a slideshow. An electronic photo frame is essentially a small LCD monitor designed to look like a conventional picture frame. You can set these frames on a table or mount them on a wall. Like a digital camera, it often contains a small amount of memory and has a slot for a memory card, or other storage capacity options you can use to download your photos. If you choose a model with a USB port, you can use a USB cable to easily connect to your personal computer, or to an external hard drive connected to your home network, to transfer your photo files.
Choose the size you want, from 7 inches to 18.5 inches (measured diagonally corner to corner), and the design that fits your personal style. Many digital picture frames support an aspect ratio of either 4:3, the same as photos from most point-and-shoot cameras, or 16:9, which is the widescreen standard. Most run on AC power, but some are battery powered. Many come with a remote control, so you can determine the speed of the slideshow, highlight specific photos, or change the format to view videos, listen to MP3 music files and more. You can also select a digital frame equipped with motion sensors that enable it to spring to life when someone approaches.
Sending Photos to Digital Picture Frames
Besides using the internal memory or the USB port to upload your photos, you can also choose a digital picture frame with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities to connect to your home network. That way, you can upload images directly from your smartphone or computer wirelessly. Beyond that, a digital Wi-Fi photo frame could also enable you to email photos to the frame, access YouTube videos, browse social media, stream photos from online sources, or transfer photos you've taken with your digital camera from your computer wirelessly.
Browse the assortment of frames here at Best Buy to find the electronic picture frame that best suits you. And remember, an electronic photo frame loaded with family pictures and videos can make a treasured, unforgettable gift.