Digital Photo Frames - The Whole Picture
Deemed this year's perfect holiday gift, digital frames come in a variety of shapes, sizes and feature sets. Here's some advice if they're on your shopping list.
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November 19, 2007 by Rachel Cericola

Most digital frames have internal memory. The number of photos that each frame holds not only depends on how much memory there is but also on the size of your image files. If you plan to swap out photos often or don’t want to downsize images, consider adding a memory card. Most photo frames allow you to plug in a card straight from your camera, allowing for additional storage or slideshow options.

Almost every frame also allows you to connect the unit to a computer via a USB port. Some frames even offer wireless options, which allow you to send images to a web site even via Wi-Fi. That means you can send photos from any web-enabled area in the house straight to a slideshow in another room.

How you control the frame is important as well. After all, if it’s too difficult to load and set up a slideshow, does it really matter how cool it looks? Most frames should load easily and be able to show thumbnails, scroll through images, or allow you to set up slideshows at various speeds.

Finally, think about where you plan to use the frame. Some can be wall mounted to blend into your living room decor, or you can get something to perk up the office. Aside from shapes and sizes, digital photo frames also come in various colors. Some even have interchangeable frames that snap into place, so you can change the color as often as you change your mood.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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