Welcome to Digital Camera World's guide to the best digital photo frames of 2019. Why display just one picture in a frame when you could have an ever-rotating display of hundreds, or even thousands, on your mantelpiece? That has long been the appeal of the digital photo frame.
Simply hook up your digital camera, insert a memory card, or, increasingly, wirelessly stream your images. The LCD screen then just shows your pictures for you – as a slide show, or as a single image that you can change as and when you fancy looking at something new.
The latest wifi-enabled photo frames can access images from from a smartphone, or even pull them from Cloud storage (such as Dropbox) or from social media sites including Facebook and Instagram, for an endless slideshow of snaps.
Some of the early popularity of dedicated digital photo frames waned in recent years due to the rise of computer tablets. However, there has been a recent resurgence, as the wireless capability of the devices mean they are a great addition to your smart home set-up. And, whatever the technology, they are still undoubtedly offer a great way to display your best shots.
The best digital photo frames in 2020
Like any frame, digital picture frames come in a range of different shapes, 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 photo frames you can buy in 2019.
1. Nixplay Seed Wave
The best luxury digital photo frame
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Display: 13.3" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: Yes | Remote: Yes, via Nixplay app | Built-in storage: 10GB | Card slots: No | Cloud services: Yes | Video: Yes, limited to 15 seconds per video | Dimensions: 3.76 x 33.58 x 21.31cm
While it comes with a higher price tag, the Nixplay Seed Wave is also one of the most comprehensively specified when it comes to digital photo frames. Not only is the screen size decent at 13.3-inches, there are also built-in 5-watt Bluetooth speakers for streaming music, a motion sensor (with an active range of 2.5 metres), and a relatively generous 10GB of on-board storage. Bringing things bang up to date, a Nixplay app for iOS or Android gives users control of the frame via phone or tablet, and the ability to pull images from Google Photos, Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook and Instagram and display them.
The core features of the frame itself include a 16:9 aspect ratio display to match your widescreen telly, at a 1920 x 1080 full HD picture resolution. On the downside, video playback is limited to 15 seconds per video and there are no card slots – although Nixplay suggests the latter is actually a good thing.
2. Hama 185PH
Make a real showcase of your images with this large digital photo frame
Resolution: 1366 x 768 | Display: 18.5 inches | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes, handheld | Built-in storage: 4GB | Card slots: Multimedia card, memory stick | Cloud services: No | Video: No | Dimensions: 530x80x450mm
If you want to go large with your digital photo frame then the Hama 185PH should fit the bill (or your desk space). Although this model is slightly long in the tooth (three years old at the time of writing), there's plenty to like here. As well as the bigger display size, there are slots of a media card and USB stick, as well as 4GB of internal storage. The image aspect ratio is a widescreen 16:9 to match the format of your high-def TV, and display resolution is a respectable 1366 x 768 pixels.
While you can hook up your digital camera via the USB and HDMI, what we don’t get here, unfortunately, is Wi-Fi connectivity. We are, however, provided with a built-in speaker for playing background sound with images – MP3 files are supported – plus an LED backlight so pictures and colours really ‘pop’ on the screen.
3. Braun DigiFrame 7 Motion
The best digital photo frame if you're on a budget
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Display: 7" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: No | Built-in storage: Optional | Card slots: SD/SDHC/MMC | Cloud services: No | Video: No | Dimensions: Not given
If you're on a tighter budget, or looking for a digital screen that's bigger than your smartphone's but still quite compact, the DigiFrame 7 Motion is a great option. This swish-looking, 7-inch full HD resolution frame from German manufacturer Braun offers support for not only digital images but also MP3 files. With a 500:1 contrast ratio, on-screen display menu, memory card slot for the most commonly used SD media format, this LED-backlit LCD display is basic, but nevertheless offers all the essentials for those who want to showcase your images.
However, you’ll want to look elsewhere if you want to retrieve images from Cloud storage, social media or transfer images wirelessly from a smartphone. But if you don’t need such extras, then for the price this device with more ‘Braun’ than brains looks a solid choice.
4. Pix-Star 15-inch digital photo frame
The best 15-inch photo frame right now comes with its own email address
Resolution: 1024 x 768 | Display: 15" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: Yes | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: 4GB | Card slots: Yes | Cloud services: Yes | Video: Yes | Dimensions: 38 x 3 x 28cm
The Pix-Star Wi-Fi Cloud digital photo frame offers a standard digital photo-sized 4:3 image aspect ratio, 1024 x 78 resolution and a usefully large 15-inch display. The additional ‘hook’ here is that this is a frame with an email address. The idea is that anyone with said email address can send pictures directly to the frame from their phone, tablet or PC – making it a useful way of sharing photos with elderly relatives or friends.
Naturally it offers built-in Wi-Fi, and, once hooked up to your local network, this enables it to display online albums from the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Smugmug, Dropbox and Flickr. Additionally, there's an on-board spam-blocker so the frame doesn’t receive unsolicited emails and photos. Ticking all the right boxes, then. About the only thing missing from its list of modern must-haves is that it isn’t a touchscreen.
5. Dragon Touch Classic 10
A 10-inch touch screen with app, email, FTP, Wi-Fi, USB and SD card input
Resolution: 1280 x 800 | Display: 10" | Touchscreen: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes | Remote: No | Built-in storage: 16GB | Card slots: Yes | Cloud services: Yes | Video: Yes | Dimensions: 29 x 3.8 x 21cm
A well-specced model that offers just about everything you could want from a digital photo frame, the Dragon Touch Classic 10's headline feature is its 10-inch touchscreen interface, which enables you to view and change images quickly and easily. The Classic 10 is more than a one-trick pony, though, especially when it comes to transferring your photos and videos across.
The unit can receive files using its own email address, a free smartphone app, via Wi-Fi and FTP server (with user management, so you can control who can access your frame), USB device and SD card. Its 16GB of internal storage is more than enough to store all the photos you could want, as well as good number of videos (which are limited to 30-second clips).
The frame is very attractive and would sit equally well on an office desk, a unit in the home, or even mounted on a wall.
6. NIX Advance 8-inch
This compact, HD frame is the best choice for beginners
Resolution: 1024 x 768 | Display: 8" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: No | Card slots: SD | Cloud services: No | Video: Yes | Dimensions: 1 x 19 x 17cm
The Nix Advance may not offer Wi-Fi or integral storage, it does come packed with all the essentials you'd want in a very keenly priced 8-inch frame. Its respectable feature set includes the auto-rotation of images, USB and SD card slots, a motion sensor that automatically turns the frame on (or off). There's a slideshow feature that enables the viewing of images according to date or file name – or alternatively users can just hit ‘shuffle’.
The main ‘business’ of the unit includes the fact that it is, yes, 8-inches in size and offers a 4:3 image aspect ratio at a respectable resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Frill-free this may be, but the core reason why you may want such a device – Internet and Cloud connectivity aside – is well served.
7. Nix Lux 8-inch
Get great picture quality and colour accuracy from this metal-framed family
Resolution: 1024 x 768 | Display: 8" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: 8GB | Card slots: SD | Cloud services: No | Video: Yes | Dimensions: 3.5 x 18.5 x 22.6cm
With frame options starting out at just 8-inches, the Nix Lux is small but mighty, eschewing the minimalist black surround of most frames for a distinctly modernistic metal finish that would slot right in to that industrial-themed loft apartment. Wall mountable, the Nix Lux comes with a remote control and 8GB USB stick included, as well as an auto on/off motion sensor.
A large-ish resolution of 1024 x 768 means that, given this frame's size, picture quality is detailed and clear. OK, so we don’t get Wi-Fi connectivity, access to Cloud storage or the ability to pull picture files from the likes of Facebook, but as a device to get you started in the digital photo frame game, this one is hard to beat.
8. Nixplay Iris
Stay connected with this Wi-Fi enabled 8-inch photo frame
Resolution: 1024 x 768 | Display: 8" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: Yes | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: 10GB (Cloud storage) | Card slots: No | Cloud services: Yes | Video: No | Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.3 x 19cm
With its burnished bronze design, the Nixplay Iris is an attractive offering. As with most digital frames, it appears here that what you gain in one area, you lose in another. Users will benefit from the must-have Wi-Fi control, use of a Nixplay mobile app, plus access to image files stored on Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and Google Photos. However, all this comes at the expense of standard media card slots, which are missing from this frame.
There is some interconnectivity, with Alexa being able to turn the device on or off, while Instagram fans are well served by the smaller display size. Being a ‘connected’ frame, we also get 10GB of Cloud storage, a light sensor that dims or brightens the panel according to ambient light levels, and an activity sensor that turns the frame on when it detects someone in the room.
In addition, there’s the ability to pair up to five photo frames like this one on the same account, if desired. ‘Comprehensive’ doesn't quite cover it.
9. Aluratek Widescreen 15-inch High Resolution Photo Frame
A digital frame that tries its hardest to resemble a conventional photo print frame
Resolution: 1024 x 768 | Display: 15 inches | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: Yes, 2GB | Card slots: Yes, SD | Cloud services: No | Video: Yes | Dimensions: 46.36x10.41x43.18cm
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.
10. Powerextra 10 inch Digital Photo Frame
A budget basic model with motion activated display
Resolution: 1280x800 (or 1920x1080 in 16:9 ratio] | Display: 10 inches | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: No | Card slots: Yes, SD | Cloud services: No | Video: No | Dimensions: 15.6x8.6x2.4-inches
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 comes handily provided out of the box. There’s no internal memory though and no touch screen facility, but these are really the only negatives.
11. Aluratek ADMPF310F 10-inch
This distressed ‘plug and play’ wood option is our pick of the best 10-inch digital photo frame
Resolution: 1024 x 600 | Display: 10 inches | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: No | Card slots: Yes, SD | Cloud services: No | Video: No | Dimensions: 31 x 2.5 x 22cm
Seeking a digital photo frame that closely resembles a traditional frame and you wouldn’t be ashamed to hang on the living room wall? Then take a gander at this Aluratek 10-inch digital photo frame. This wall-mountable example offers a 16:9 widescreen ratio LCD display, 1024 x 600 resolution, supports SD cards up to 128GB in size and additionally allows the connection of a USB flash drive, or even hard drive.
Described as easy to use, with features including automatic photo slideshows, this could be the perfect no-fuss solution for those wanting a ‘plug and play’ digital image display, without the need to connect or stream images via Wi-Fi or pull images from Cloud storage sites and social media. A basic feature set then, but paring things back to the essentials makes it both affordable and easy to operate.
12. Bush 10-inch Digital Photo Frame
This range-topping model from a recognisable brand is the best budget 10-inch frame
Resolution: 1024 x 600 | Display: 10" | Touchscreen: No | Wi-Fi: No | Remote: Yes | Built-in storage: No | Card slots: SD | Cloud services: No | Video: No | Dimensions: 27.5 x 19 x 2cm
This Bush Digital Photo Frame is an inexpensive starter option for anyone after a 10-inch digital photo frame, offering a widescreen display and decent screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. JPEG images are imported to this desktop or mantelpiece solution via memory card or USB stick/drive.
The budget price means there’s no Wi-Fi option here, unfortunately. Still, we do get an on-board calendar and the usual slideshow options, with the ability to adjust the slide interval and pause on certain shots. Quick to set up and affordable, this frame would make an ideal photo gift for a friend or relative who wants to enjoy an ever-evolving display of pictorial memories, with a fuss-free set up.
The best photo frames in 2019