So much has changed about the way we take pictures these days that it makes sense that the way we display them has also changed. Instead of having them printed and framed, you can display your favorite pictures from your phone and digital camera using a digital frame. And just like regular frames, you can hang them on your walls or place them on tables and other surfaces.
But as with all new technology, each frame comes with its own unique specs, advantages and disadvantages. We help you navigate the wide selection available and discuss 10 of the best digital frames on the market.
Best Overall: Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame
The Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame is one of the most expensive picture frames on the market, but it's also the best of the best, according to consumers. Some of its features include picture and video play, secure sharing, iOS and Android compatibility, motion sensing and wall-mounting capability. Reviewers say it's easy to use and easy to set up, and it features a high-quality picture.
Best Value: MRQ Digital Picture Frame
If you're looking for something that won't cost you hundreds, consider the MRQ Digital Picture Frame, which you can usually get for under $50. Enjoy an 8-inch high-resolution display, sound, a clock, a calendar and other extras when you choose this frame. It may be small, but reviewers say it's the perfect option for a desk or small office table. It's also easy to use and comes with a remote control.
Best for Easy Setup: Scishion Digital Picture Frame
Don't shy away from trying a digital picture frame if you're not tech-savvy. Consider the Scishion Digital Picture Frame instead. It can support up to a 32 MB memory card and USB devices, and it comes with a detachable stand. But what reviewers love most is that it's easy to use and even easier to set up. Turn it on, and you're only one step away from connecting it to your device and sending your photos. Reviewers also say it has a clear, sharp screen.
Best Gift for Grandparents: Atatat Digital Photo Frame
Grandparents seem to love digital picture frames because the frames allow them to see photos of their families without having to get involved with social media. That's why frames like the Atatat Digital Photo Frame make great gifts for older people. First, it's inexpensive, so even that grandchild on a budget can afford it, but it's also easy to use. Reviewers say the pictures are clear, and it comes with a handy remote control.
Best for Background Music: Tenswall Digital Photo Frame
Many shoppers love digital picture frames that play background music, but that feature often comes with a price. For under $70, the Tenswall Digital Photo Frame is the best — and may be the least expensive — option for anyone who loves to mix sound with their pictures. As a matter of fact, many businesses use it for advertising for this reason. Reviewers love the picture quality, the value, the ease of use and the handy remote that comes with it.
Best for Sharing Remotely: Pix-Star Wifi Digital Picture Frame
If your family is spread around the country or even the world, the Pix-Star Wifi Digital Picture Frame is a great way to stay in touch. Not only can you send photos to the frame via your smart device, but you can also email photos from the frame to family and friends. Reviewers say it's easy to set up and, at 10 inches, is the perfect size for a digital frame. They also enjoy the many extras that come with it, along with the quality of the display.
Best Internal Capacity: Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame
The Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame can store up to 40,000 photos or 16GB of memory on its own. That's a lot of capacity for one frame — and one of its most popular features. Share photos via apps and emails with this Wi-Fi-friendly frame. The touchscreen and interface are user-friendly, according to reviewers, making it a great product for people of all ages and abilities.
Best Looking: Aura Frames Digital Picture Frame Ultra HD Display
Not all digital picture frames are attractive enough to sit among your traditional frames. The Aura Frames Digital Picture Frame Ultra HD Display is one exception to the rule. It's a little on the pricier side — usually around $200 — but it's stylish and made from premium materials. Reviewers say the FHD resolution screen is great too. They also love that it's easy to use and offers unlimited cloud storage options.
Best Option for Extras: Nixplay Seed Digital Picture Frame
If you like extras, the Nixplay Seed Digital Picture Frame is the best choice for you. Connect to Wi-Fi, share photos from all over the world, take advantage of the Nixplay mobile app, create playlists, choose from unique settings and control the frame remotely. Even with all of these features — and more — reviewers say it's easy to set up and easy to use. Just be prepared to pay more than you would for most of the digital frames on this list.
Best for Social Media Fans: Skylight Frame 916496
When someone adds a picture to the Skylight Frame 916496, the person who owns the frame can press a heart to "like" the photo, much like you would on social media. It's a great way to thank the person who added the pictures and let them know you received them. Users also like the easy setup and high-resolution 10-inch display. And for those who don't like this one, the company promises a 100% refund on all orders.