The 8 Best Digital Photo Frames to Buy in 2017

Put your memories on display

Nixplay frame
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What they lack in historical value or generation-passing history, digital photo frames offer a unique and engaging way to display pictures of family and friends a completely different albeit similar way (and advancements in technology has made them a cinch to set up and share). Looking for a better way to show off pictures from your family vacations, graduations and birthday parties, but you're not sure which digital photo frame might be right for you? Whether you want to spend the least amount of money or you want one that works with video, our round-up of the best digital photo frames will have you reminiscing in no time.

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.

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. 

The Ever Frames 8-inch high-resolution digital photo frame is a terrific choice for buyers on a budget. The display offers 1024 x 768 resolution in 4:3 format on a high-quality TFT screen. The included 4GB of internal memory has room for more than 3,000 photos and allows for both photo and video playback. The included feature set? Auto image rotation from horizontal to vertical, a remote control, clock and calendar, as well as multiple language options to make the digital frame user-friendly worldwide.

Compatible with both Mac and PC computers, connection to a computer allows for easy photo transfer to the internal memory. Ever Frames also provides space for a separately purchased SD card for additional storage beyond the included 4GB of internal memory. The Ever Frames digital photo frame supports SD, SDHC, MMC, as well as mini USB and USB 2.0 storage options for adding additional photos and video.

With a sleek and stylish design, the Micca M1503Z 15-inch photo frame offers a beautiful display that provides more than three times the detail of comparable photo frames. The added detail and clarity will help you find the texture on a leaf or locate individual bricks on a house. Additionally, 8GB of internal memory that allows both photo and video playback is included. The built-in on and off timer will help maintain energy output, so the user can set a flexible schedule for images to display, which makes the Micca perfect for an office environment and business hours.

Weighing less than two pounds and with a thickness of 1.5 inches, the mirrored acrylic front and sculptured back provide a modern albeit still black utilitarian look. There's also a headphone jack (we don't see this being used much) as well as an included compact remote.

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. 

If you're looking for something unlike anything else on this list, check out the Aura Smart Frame (although it's only compatible with iOS devices running iOS 9+). Once you download and sync up the iOS-app, the Aura can utilize Smart Selection and add new images to the frame as soon as you rejoin your "home" WiFi connection. In other words, there’s no need to update or regularly check the Aura app to select photos as they will instantly appear on the frame. The inclusion of advanced photo filters will help prevent any photos that are too blurry, light or dark from appearing, so you can expect only the best of your camera handiwork to appear. Additionally, any photos that don’t fit well with vertical orientation will be left out in lieu of more suitable vertically-based photography.

You can even send photos directly to a family member’s frame across the country via the iOS app. One added nicety is the ability to wave your hand in front of the frame when a picture you don’t like appears, so the gallery advances to something new. Right out of the box the Aura includes wall-mounting parts, as well as a stand for either a desk or tabletop placement.

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.

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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