The 8 Best Digital Photo Frames to Buy in 2018

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pix-Star

Pix-Star
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Available in both 10.4-inch and 15-inch sizing, the Pix-Star WiFi cloud digital photo frame has a 4:3 formatted display that offers a low-consumption LED backlit for energy-conscious viewing. The real highlight of this photo frame is the WiFi based functionality that allows photos to be received and displayed via a multitude of methods. The Pix-Star can accept photos by e-mail over WiFi and then stores them to its included 4GB of memory, which can hold up to 20,000 pictures. Additionally, the Pix-Star supports USB, SDHC and SDXC cards for even more storage.

Additionally, the Pix-Star can offer its own e-mail address, so owners can send images and pictures from any email-capable device to the photo frame at no extra charge. You can even message images from the frame itself to individuals or groups directly if someone sees an image they do not have and wish to own. Pictures can also be uploaded via more than 20 online cloud providers, including Facebook, Picasa, Smugmug and Flickr. As an extra bonus, the Pix-Star can even provide daily weather reports based on your country and city location. One final perk is that the entire image database can be managed from Pix-Star’s website.

Best Splurge: Nixplay Original Digital Photo Frame

The Nixplay Original Digital Photo Frame has a beautiful 15-inch display that’s ideally sized for all-day viewing of loved ones and special memories. Whether it’s a gift or just for you, the Nixplay adds the capability of adding photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and Flickr directly to your very own Nixplay’s online cloud with 10GB of free storage where you can edit playlists as often as you'd like. Additionally, you can add photos and video directly to the Nixplay via USB or SD/SDHC memory cards or go straight to the Nixplay mobile app for instantly sharing photos over Wi-Fi connectivity. Beyond adding photos, the Nixplay adds an excellent anti-glare LED display and VESA wall mount compatibility for hanging anywhere in a home or office. 

Best Features: Nixplay Seed 10-Inch WiFi

Nixplay Seed 10-Inch WiFi
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The Nixplay Seed digital photo frame features a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 high resolution display and comes with a dedicated motion sensor, so you don’t have to worry about turning the frame on or off. With 8GB of internal memory, there’s more than enough storage for thousands of images, including ones uploaded from multiple online sources such as Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Dropbox and Flickr. You can even create playlists from favorite images and choose any combiation of images to appear on the display. Unfortunately, Photobucket users and YouTubers are left on the sidelines since there is no video or audio capability. Additionally, Nixplay offers free cloud storage for up to 10GB of space that can connect separately to up to five different frames. With an internal gyroscope, the Nixplay can rest vertically or horizontally and images will adjust as necessary. Power comes from the included AC adapter cord that also doubles as the stand. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Nix Advance 10-Inch

Nix Advance 10-Inch
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Featuring both photo and video 720p playback, the Nix Advance 10-inch digital photo frame comes equipped with more than 8GB of storage overall. The 1024 x 768 high-resolution 4:3 LED backlit display has a Hu-Motion sensor that allows the frame to turn on when it detects movement in the room and turn off after no movement is detected between five minutes up to one hour (depending what you have the setting on). Yes, It’s notable that the Nix Advance doesn't have WiFi, but with USB and SD/SDHC storage, plus the included 8GB of internal memory stick, there’s little need for it.

Throw in a user-friendly remote control, a stand, clock and calendar functions, as well as stereo speakers for the video playback and the Nix Advance is well worth the price of admission. Images can be viewed in shuffled order, by date or in A-to-Z order and have a slew of photo transitions. Mac owners should note that any SD card should be formatted in the camera for the photo frame to properly read the card. 

Best Budget: Tenker Seven-Inch

The Tenker seven-inch HD Digital Photo Frame has support for 720p and partial 1080p HD video playback on the 1024 x 600 IPS (16:9) display. The addition of auto-rotate functionality makes it easy for the photo frame to adjust photo orientation without so much as lifting a finger. There’s no setup required, either. The Tenker is truly a plug-and-play solution with no software to learn. Just turn it on and add images via a USB drive or a MMC, SD or SDHC memory card up to 32GB in size.

Best Display: MyOldTime 12-Inch Hi-Res

 

The MyOldTime 12-inch digital photo frame is an outstanding choice at a bargain price. The 1920 x 1080 16:9 IPS display offers colors that pop just a bit more than the competition, allowing for a beautiful gallery of memories. Capable of being wall mounted or placed on a desk, the MyOldTime frame has some appealing extra features, like a built-in clock and calendar, plus a set of integrated speakers that allow you to play video with audio inside the frame, or simply play your favorite music with your photos. Onboard storage supports 32GB of media via MMC/MS/SD memory card or other USB storage device (not included). Use the remote control to customize your photo slideshow with adjustable intervals between photos and the choice to either play your media chronologically or shuffled. The MyOldTime frame comes is available in three different finishes: black, gray and silver.

Best Memory: Nix Advance 15

Nix Advance 15
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The Nix Advance 15's beautiful 720p LED display has the capability of featuring a mix of both photos and videos in the same slideshow, and even includes the company’s Hu-Motion sensor for turning the frame on and off when motion is detected or undetected in a room. Beyond the included internal memory, the Nix also offers capacity for USB, SD and SDHC memory cards, as well as an easy-to-use remote control. Like the rest of the Nix digital photo frame lineup, images can be played in a variety of methods, including shuffle, by date or in order from A-to-Z. It can't be mounted, but the included rear stand helps the frame remain vertical, which is ideal for maximizing the screen real estate, specifically for video playback in MP4 format.

Best Large Frame: SSA 21.5-Inch

SSA 21.5-Inch
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With a display size of 21.5-inches, the SSA digital photo frame has a Full HD 1080p widescreen format for a truly excellent image experience. The included motion sensor offers more than 2.5 meters of space with the screen turning on automatically as soon as motion is detected within that range. The 1920 x 1080 high-resolution 16:9 format display views photos in true HD format with help from the 16GB of included memory. Additional storage for both images and video can be added via SD card, MP3 player or other USB-ready devices. The built-in speakers offer excellent audio playback, but there's also a headphone output jack for watching on-board videos privately. A user-friendly remote control is included, and the photo frame supports multiple languages as well, including English, Spanish, French and German.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 21 hours testing one of the most popular digital photo frames available. To get the most thorough results possible, they installed it and experimented with different ways of uploading their favorite photos. We asked them to consider the most important features when using this digital photo frame and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Digital Photo Frame

Display size - Size is likely a personal preference, with models measuring as small as seven inches and as large as 21 inches. This decision is largely based on your interior design and how much room you have for the frame.

Resolution - Compared to screen size, resolution is less negotiable. Some of the best frames out there offer 1920 x 1080 16:9 IPS displays that will be visibly sharper to the naked eye than lower-resolution models.

Memory - The more memory a digital photo frame has, the more photos (and even videos) the device can store. Most offer about 4GB to 32GB of storage, with some even offering additional capacity via USB, SD, and SDHC memory cards. Still, 4GB of memory can hold about 20,000 pictures, so that should be ample unless you’re uploading large videos.

Test Results: Pix-Star (Best Overall)

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What We Like

  • Many ways to upload photos

  • Comes with remote

  • Additional features like weather and radio

What We Don’t Like

  • Needs to be plugged in at all times

  • Old-school interface

Pix-Star
Pix-Star
Pix-Star photo frame
Pix-Star

Overall, our testers loved this product and would recommend it to others — including to those who are less tech-savvy — but a game-changing feature was being able to email one-off pictures directly to the frame. “I’m able to maintain an up-to-date inventory of my favorite latest pictures with this method,” wrote one reviewer, who also liked being able to access the frame’s website to upload and organize albums with her computer. However, one of our testers wished the frame could be connected sans hardware, writing that “it would be nice to mount the frame without a wire.”