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How to Choose a Video Photo Frame
Enjoy More Than Pictures on a Video Photo Frame
Digital photo frames with a video player allow you to enjoy not only your favorite photos but your best movies as well. Most of these frames are multimedia devices that far out shine a traditional photo frame as they allow you to enjoy a variety of audio, video, and image files on their crystal clear displays.
On this page you will find some tips for choosing the best video photo frame and have the chance to browse some of the better models.
Picking out the best video photo frame for your needs requires that you think about a few of it's technical specifications and features. Here are a few to consider:
- The display
First consider the size that you want. Seven inch frames are probably the most common, but you can find photo frames that are smaller or larger. Some frames have a 4:3 aspect ratio, while others are widescreen presentations. Widescreen can certainly be very nice, but in many instances some photos will cropped to fit on the screen. However, if you shoot video in widescreen, this may be a good choice.
You also want to consider the brightness and resolution. Certainly seeing the screen in person with photos displayed is a good way to judge this. However, considering the stated screen resolution is important when you can't do this. For an average 6 to 7 inch frame, a resolution of 640 x 480 is acceptable as a minimum but more is better. Larger video photo frame screens require more to present the same quality image.
- Connectivity and compatibility
Be sure you know how you will get your images and video onto the frame. Will it accept your SD/MMC cards? Can you transfer via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth?
- Display features
Consider what features will be important to you. Will you want to display slide shows, do you want it to play MP3 files to complement these displays, will it be important for the frame to automatically orient photos vertically or horizontally so that they can be viewed appropriately, and do you need the frame to be capable of automatically resizing images? Digital photo frames may have other features as well. Some may include a clock, alarm, or calendar for instance.
- Storage and File Formats
How much memory will the frame support? Video can take up a lot of memory so this is particularly important with these devices. You also need to assure it will accept all of the file formats you will be recording. JPEG, TIF, JPEG motion, MPEG4, MP3s, AVI, and so forth are some you might be interested in using.
Some digital photo frames offer a touch screen for controlling the display and some provide a remote control.
- Power Source
AC power requires less maintenance as you don't have to worry about replacing batteries. However, batteries allow you to place the video photo frame anywhere you like since you aren't constrained by outlets.