The best digital picture frame can help you celebrate the holidays by putting your most cherished memories on display, either for yourself at home or to share with family and friends. The best digital photo frames are a great way to stay connected this season as we continue social distancing. 

Many of the best digital picture frames are accompanied by apps that are compatible with popular photo storage services like Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram and Dropbox. Some apps even connect to multiple frames, so you can set up designated contacts to contribute to your frame, and send new images to the screen automatically via email or Wi-Fi.

Our favorites digital picture frames come in a wide range of prices, sizes, resolutions and features, so it’s important to consider all of those factors to determine which one suits your needs before buying. We evaluated a number of the best digital photo frames, comparing image quality, ease of use, storage, social media integration, value and more to help you choose.

What Are the Best Digital Picture Frames?

The best digital photo frames are fairly simple: they’re a screen disguised as a photo frame. These frames let you change the image as often as you like, set up a slideshow and even exhibit shared photos sent by loved ones. While we’re stuck at home, this offers a great way to enjoy up-to-date pictures of relatives and friends – no matter how far apart you are.

If, say, your parents live far away, you can connect to their digital frame and immediately upload new pictures of you and your kids to your parents’ frame for them to see. Want to send a virtual birthday card? Send it to your friend’s digital picture frame, so he or she gets it delivered without either of you having to go to the mailbox.

These high-tech frames are also great for displaying digital art in addition to photos. Whether you have a new favorite movie or you found a painting in a museum, you can immediately put up an image in your home with one of these digital frames – no need to hang another poster.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Digital Frame

Before getting a new digital frame, there are a few key factors to consider. We chose a handful of the best-equipped frames, but you’ll want to pick one that’s best suited to your needs.

Photo Sharing Functionality: How you get photos is the specification that varies the most with digital frames, and subsequently the most important feature to consider. Some frames have an assortment of options for choosing photos, such as connectivity to major photo sharing sites like Facebook, Instagram and Dropbox. Others are more simple with a unique email address that you send images to, and then the images instantly pop up on the screen. If you’re buying a digital frame for less tech-savvy elders, for example, you’ll probably want a less complicated interface.

Display Quality: As with any screen in your device arsenal, the display quality of a digital frame is important. All of our picks have high-quality screens, but some of the more pricey options have screens with full HD or even 2K quality. Which quality you pick depends on how much you (or the frame’s user) care about image quality and where the frame will be displayed. If it’s on a mantle, people might not get as close to the frame as they will in a hallway of family photos.

Size: Digital frame display sizes mostly hover around 10 inches, but you can find options as big as 15 inches. Obviously, the larger the screen, the more expensive. If you plan on putting your frame in a bigger room, consider a bigger frame size.

The best digital picture frames you can buy today

Like any frame, digital picture frames come in a range of different styles, sizes and picture aspect ratios. There’s also a variety of different specifications on offer here, including the latest must-haves: wire-free connectivity and high-definition screens so you can view the shots with the utmost clarity. Inevitably, higher-specced devices come with a bigger price tag. That said, we’re confident there will be a frame option here to suit your particular budget, as well as whatever you’re seeking to display on it. 

Other considerations include how easy the device is to operate – particularly important if you’re buying a frame for an elderly relative or general family use. You might also want to assess whether you’re looking for a frame simply for the desktop or mantelpiece, or a device you might hang on the wall and so will want to resemble a more conventional picture frame, as opposed to the black slabs that typically pass for digital devices. 

Read on for more details and a selection of our recommendations for the best digital picture frames you can buy in 2021.

Pix-Star Wi-Fi Cloud digital picture frame

Pix-Star Wi-Fi Cloud digital picture frame
Pix-Star Wi-Fi Cloud digital picture frame

The best thing about the Pix-Star 15-inch Wi-Fi Cloud digital picture frame is its stunning photo quality. With the 4:3 aspect ratio on a 1024 x 768-pixel screen, images look crisp, bright and clear. You can make adjustments to the LED backlit screen for brightness, hue and contrast depending on ambient lighting.

The Pix-Star has many smart extras. You can stream broadcasts from a number of international radio stations to play music over a slideshow, and there are many transitions available to customize image presentation. You can also set reminders, use the built-in calculator and play simple puzzles, Sudoku and other games.

This gadget lets you link up to 25 frames from a single account, where you can send and receive images and audio messages directly to and from connected frames. You can also view pictures from web albums, including Google Photos and Facebook. The frame has 4GB of onboard memory and supports USB thumb drives and SDHC/SDXC camera cards.

Overall, the Pix-Star is the best digital picture frame you can buy.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1024 x 768 
  • Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 1.2 inches 
  • Wi-Fi: Yes 
  • Touch screen: No
  • Remote: Yes 
  • Built-in storage: 4GB 
  • Motion sensor: Yes 
  • Music player: Yes 
  • Video: Yes
  • USB/SD slots: Yes/Yes
  • Cloud Services: Google Photos, Facebook, Flickr, Smugmug, Instagram, Dropbox, Shutterfly, OneDrive, Photobucket, Verizon
Pros
  • Handy email features
  • Photos look sharp and clear
  • Connects with major social networks
  • Facilitates multiple frame accounts
Cons
  • Low-resolution video playback

Meural WiFi Photo Frame

Meural WiFi Photo Frame
Meural WiFi Photo Frame

The Netgear Meural WiFi Photo Frame is a more compact, photo-focused version of the museum-worthy Netgear Meural Canvas II. While the Canvas II excels at bringing art from the louvre to your living room, the charcoal grey WiFi Photo Frame drops the mat framing for a homier look. 

Of course, to maintain a gorgeous 1920 x 1080-pixel display the WiFi Photo Frame is rather large compared to many of the best digital picture frames. As a result, it might not fit well on some side tables or desks. But if you have the space for this 15.6-inch full HD display, you won’t be disappointed. 

The Meural WiFi Photo Frame’s anti-glare coating holds an impressively clear picture from any angle, while responsive gesture controls let you navigate your photo albums and settings. Or you can control the frame with the Meural app, which offers both Meural’s expansive library of art and a suite for creating collaborative photo albums for your frame. 

Features:

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 1.68 inches
  • Touch screen: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Remote: No
  • Built-in storage: 4GB
  • Motion sensor: Yes
  • Music player: No
  • Video: Yes
  • USB/SD slots: No
  • Cloud Services: No
Pros
  • Stunning display
  • Motion gestures work well
  • Expansive art library with membership
Cons
  • Very large
  • No wifi

Dragon Touch Classic 10 Digital Picture Frame

Dragon Touch Classic 10 Digital Picture Frame

The Dragon Touch frame’s 10.1-inch, 16:10 touch screen lets you view everything from static images and slideshows with special effects transitions to 30-second video clips complete with a headphone jack for audio. There’s also multiple ways to input images into the frame, including an SD card, USB thumb drive, and Wi-Fi uploading.

The OurPhoto app is the easiest way to upload photos to the frame. You can also add remote users to the frame to let friends and family upload images via the app.

Image quality is top notch with bright detail and vivid colors. The Dragon Touch has some cool goodies, including video with sound, an alarm, calendar, and local weather. While there is no motion sensor to power down the frame when there’s no one in the room to view it, you can set a schedule. 

The frame casing does not seem especially durable, as the paint started to chip on our model. And many frames shipped to addresses in the U.S. arrive with European or Asian power connections that do not fit into wall sockets. I received one of those for review, but was able to use it with an adapter that I had on hand.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Dimensions: 11.40 x 8.2 x 1.50 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Touch screen: Yes
  • Remote: No
  • Built-in storage: 16GB
  • Motion sensor: No
  • Music player: Yes
  • Video: Yes
  • USB/SD slots: Yes/Yes
  • Cloud Services: No
Pros
  • Multiple ways of adding photos and videos to the frame
  • Has a headphone jack
  • Home screen has the date, time, weather, and an alarm function
Cons
  • Frame case appears to damage easily
  • No motion sensor

Feelcare 7-Inch Smart WiFi Digital Picture Frame

Feelcare 7-Inch Smart WiFi Digital Picture Frame
Feelcare 7-Inch Smart WiFi Digital Picture Frame

The Feelcare is a compact, handy picture frame that displays your images beautifully. Its black matte plastic exterior is low key and subtle so it looks nice in any room. With a 1024 x 600, 16:9 picture, image quality is crisp and clear, and you can use the touch screen to adjust brightness.

The frame operates via a proprietary app for iOS or Android, or you can manually load images via a micro SD card directly into the frame, which has 8GB of internal storage. The frame saves the photos and videos to the built-in memory and you can use the touch screen to delete, hide, and adjust photos. Note that videos play for only 15 seconds.

You can send photos from the Frameo app or from the photo sharing utility in your smartphone gallery and add up to 500 friends who can also send photos to your frame. The lack of a motion sensor is a drawback but there is a timer. Despite a dearth of extras, Feelcare’s basic operation is flexible enough for its target audience of non-technical family members.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 IPS Panel
  • Dimensions: 7.99 x 5.59 x 0.87 inches
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Touch screen: Yes
  • Remote: No
  • Built-in storage: 8GB
  • Motion sensor: No
  • Music player: No
  • Video: Yes
  • USB/SD slots: Yes/No
  • Cloud Services: No
Pros
  • Small and compact for tight spaces
  • Photos look sharp and clear
  • App lets up to 500 contacts add photos directly from a smartphone
  • You can personalize photos and videos with captions
Cons
  • Can only physically load images via micro SD card or micro USB drive
  • Videos play for only 15 seconds
  • No motion sensor

Aluratek Widescreen 15-inch High Resolution Photo Frame

Aluratek Widescreen 15-inch High Resolution Photo Frame
Aluratek Widescreen 15-inch High Resolution Photo Frame

Want a digital frame that closely resembles an actual analogue frame? This black rimmed beauty with inner white mount certainly looks the business and at 15-inches too the angle adjustable LCD screen is big enough to make an impression, with a 4:3 aspect ratio to match the most common digital image ratio and built in stereo speakers to add a bit of oomph and sound to video files. It may be towards the higher end of the current ‘budget’ frame line up, but we get a 2GB internal memory and remote feature, even if, frustratingly for some, there’s no Wi-Fi connectivity offered.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Dimensions: 46.36×10.41×43.18cm
  • Display: 15 inches
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Remote: Yes
  • Built-in storage: Yes, 2GB
  • Card slots: Yes, SD
  • Cloud services: No
  • Video: Yes
Pros
  • Large screen and classy looking traditional frame
  • 2GB of internal storage
  • ‘Shabby chic’ style
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi facility
  • One of the higher-priced ‘budget’ frames

FLYAMAPIRIT Digital Picture Frame

FLYAMAPIRIT Digital Picture Frame
FLYAMAPIRIT Digital Picture Frame

Dozens of reviewers note that this frame’s 8-inch size is perfect for smaller spaces. The digital picture frame with high performance for its superior design,material selection and technology. It supports playing a variety of photos, audio, video,calendar and clock to make sure all your gorgeous memories will be presented in a diverse and vivid way.

You can put it in the living room, bedroom and anywhere you like. You can also give it as a gift to your friends, family or lovers. Plus, the frame is user-friendly. The operation is quite easy and friendly, by plugging in the USB memory stick the photos can be shown up and it can also play video and background music with the excellent, vibrant colors that make all photos look as good as they do on a much more expensive computer screen. just insert an SD card, old pictures display in order, and bring back sweet memories! Love it, highly recommend it!

Features:

  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.4 x 3.5 inches
  • Display: 8 Inches
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Remote: Yes
  • Wi-Fi:  No
  • Built-in storage: 64M
  • SD Card: Yes,  32GB
  • Card slots: Yes
  • Video: Yes
Pros
  • High resolution IPS screen with wide 180 degree viewing angle
  • Support SD memory cards up to 32 GB
  • Multiple functions features
  • Visible screen diagonal 8″ / 21 cm
Cons
  • UPDATE- cannot get this frame to work properly.
  • No Wi-Fi facility

Skylight 10-Inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame

Skylight 10-Inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame
Skylight 10-Inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame

The Skylight Frame has a gorgeous, 10” color touch screen that displays your photos with extraordinary clarity, color, and brilliance. It is the perfect size for a desk, mantel, coffee table, or kitchen. Skylight is a striking gift that will make an unforgettable impression the moment your loved one turns it on!

Skylight is a beautiful touch-screen, Wi-Fi-connected digital photo frame that lets you email photos from your phone or computer directly onto your loved one’s Skylight – from anywhere in the world!

Features:

  • Resolution: 1280×800
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Display: 10 inches
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Video: Yes
Pros
  • Effortless 1-Minute Set Up
  • Easy-To-Use Touch Screen Display
  • Highlights Newly Arrived Photos
  • Enjoy Photos Without Wi-Fi
Cons
  • Wouldn’t allow you to choose, edit photos!
  • No brightness adjustment

8 Inches Atatat digital picture frame

Atatat digital picture frame
Atatat digital picture frame

AtatatAtatat digital picture frame is a budget-friendly digital picture frame that is packed with features such as 1920 x 1080 resolution, a remote control, video support, music playback, and automatic orientation adjustment. This is a great frame for those who want simple controls without the confusion of additional features.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.42 x 3.43 inches
  • Display: 8 Inches
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Remote: Yes 
  • SD Card: Yes, 128GB
  • Card slots: Yes
  • Video: Yes
Pros
  • Unique Image Preview
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • Adjustable Brightness
  • Background Music
  • Customize Settings
Cons
  • No touchscreen facility
  • It doesn’t support wifi

Powerextra 10 inch Digital Photo Frame

Powerextra 10 inch Digital Photo Frame
Powerextra 10 inch Digital Photo Frame

A compact 10-inch screen with 180° viewing angle that provides the facility for widescreen viewing in 16:9 crop mode, and the ability to utilize USB drives and SD cards up to 32GB for transferring images. The frame also features a 3.5mm earphone jack as well as built in speakers, plus a motion sensor that automatically activates the frame when it detects someone in the room from up to two meters away. If you do want to use it manually, you can as a remote also come handily provided out of the box. There’s no internal memory though and no touch screen facility, but these are really the only negatives.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1280×800 (or 1920×1080 in 16:9 ratio]
  • Dimensions: 15.6×8.6×2.4-inches
  • Display: 10 inches
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Remote: Yes
  • Built-in storage: No
  • Card slots: Yes, SD
  • Cloud services: No
  • Video: No
Pros
  • Simple to use
  • Fairly priced
Cons
  • No touch screen
  • No internal memory

Napatek 10in Digital Picture Frame

Napatek 10in Digital Picture Frame

Boasting a sufficiently large viewing area of 10-inches – more compact alternatives are also available from the same manufacturer – this Full HD 1920×1080 dot resolution 16:9 widescreen ratio photo frame features bells and whistles a-plenty, including clock and calendar features, plus the ability to be operated via wireless remote control. Capable of playing stills, video and music via built-in stereo speakers, with memory expandable up to 128GB via SD card or USB drive, plus 10 slideshow effects to choose from and the ability to have one, two, three or four images displayed on screen at the same time, this device pretty much offers all we could want at its mid range price.

Features:

  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Dimensions: 24.4×16.8×2.2cm
  • Display: 10 inches
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Remote: Yes, handheld
  • Built-in storage: No 
  • Card slots: Yes, SD
  • Cloud services: No
  • Video: Yes
Pros
  • Feature packed
  • Affordable
  • Wireless remote control operation for the chair bound
Cons
  • You’ll need to supply your own SD card
  • Mains power-only limits portability

How to choose the best digital picture frames for you

To choose the best digital picture frames for you, consider what you’re expecting out of such a device. 

No matter your budget, you want your images to look realistic on your digital picture frame. Aim for a high resolution least 1024 x 768), vivid colors and sharp details. Watch out for frames that are too bright, have muted colors, low contrast and soft images.

You’ll also want to assess how technical you are and where most of your photos are currently stored. Non-connected frames are the easiest to use because you don’t have to punch in long, complex passwords or hassle with finicky networks. These frames instead offer slots for camera cards or USB thumb drives to load up to 32GB of images, videos and music directly on your frame. 

Connected frames, rather, offer considerably more flexibility in sourcing and swapping out images from social media photo sites, but are more difficult to use. If most of your images exist on social media or cloud services, you’ll benefit most from a connected frame. 

How we test digital picture frames

We test the best digital picture frames on a variety of criteria. First, we assess at image quality and aspect ratio. The digital recreations of photos must look sharp and realistic, while maintaining a natural-looking crop.

Ease of use is another element we consider while reviewing the best digital picture frames. If a frame is simple to set up and navigate, it often has more value. However, an expansive offering of connected features is important, too. We think most of the photo frames on this list strike a solid balance.

Additional specs we look at are storage and sensors. Some digital picture frames feature onboard memory, while others rely on Wi-Fi streaming, USB thumb drives or camera SD cards. If you must use a camera card or a USB stick, be sure that the frame’s body adequately keeps them out of sight. 

Meanwhile, a motion sensor is practically a must. digital picture frames do not need to waste energy by playing all day long if no one is in the room to view them.

Many frames offer calendar, clock, reminders, games, calculators, weather app widgets and speaker ports. These features aren’t expectations, but make nice extras.

Final Words

Digital photo frames have been around for years. You often see them reduced in bargain bins at superstores, so they’ve lost a lot of their appeal here in 2020.

Despite this, there’s still no better way to display multiple photos in your house, especially if you don’t have the budget/patience/skills to print and frame your photos.

Some choose to stream images to a TV using a device like the Apple TV or repurpose an old iPad to display photos, but both these methods assume you already have these devices, and obviously prevent you using the devices for anything else at the same time.

If you’re looking for a simple, affordable way to display an automatic slideshow of your images at home, they’re still hard to beat.

Using WiFi to transfer photos to the frame, even from other countries, is an incredible feature that makes it easier than ever to share your latest pics with loved ones.

As I mentioned before, they also make excellent gifts, particularly for grandparents or the tech-unsavvy!

I’d recommend loading images on a USB stick (or adding them to a Cloud folder if your frame has WiFi) before gifting the device – then all the recipient has to do is plug it in to enjoy the slideshow you’ve created.

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