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What is the Best Digital Photo Frame for 2014

Updated on June 11, 2014

Displaying pictures has come a long way baby

Picture frames are not what they used to be. They are far far better.

Let's face it, love it or hate it, we are living in a digital age. Far more people take photo's with their mobile device camera's than they do with regular camera's. The quality of the photo's you can get from mobile device photo capturing interfaces is increasing dramatically. In some ways it is even better than a traditional camera because of the options to edit and tweak the photo's in ways that have never before been available for laymen.

Personally, I just upgraded to an iPhone 5s, and I am simply blown away by the quality of pictures this camera takes.

It is simply amazing.

Of course with all these digital images, you sometimes have to wonder what you can do with them all. One of the obvious answers has grown amazing popularity over the last few years: share them online. The amazing growth of Pinterest and Instagram shows testament to that fact.

But sharing them online cannot be the only thing to do with these pictures, can it?

Of course not. That is where digital picture frames come into play.

With digital picture frames you can display those memories for everyone to see. Perhaps even better, you can set the frames to slowly scroll though the images you have collected, viewing an entire catalog. These frames are virtual scrapbooks that can be displayed for everyone to see.

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best-selling digital Photo Frame
best-selling digital Photo Frame

A great idea: Organize your pictures by frame.

Make your photos a visual feast

One option people are tempted to do is just upload a mass amounts of pictures into a digital photo frame and let it run. There is nothing wrong with this, but last year I had an epiphany I would like to share with you now.

These frames are inexpensive. Why limit yourself to one? Like standard frames, you can have one frame per subject.

For example. I have a wall in my living room with a bunch of these digital frames taking the place of old family photos.

One Frame has pictures of my daughter, from birth to now. One of my son. One for my wife. One for my wife and I. One electronic frame for vacations. One for very old family pictures that have been converted to digital pictures. One for pictures of my parents and my wife's parents.

You get the drift. Like on Pinterest, organizing digital pictures is both fun and creates a wonderful visual.

Doing this creates a moving tribute to family.

A great Christmas gift.

Just buying a Christmas gift is fun, but when you take some time and effort, I think it can be much more.

For Christmas this year I have bought some of these digital frames for friends and family. I then conspire with their significant others, or take cast heaps of digital and traditional photo's I have of that persona and create them a themed picture frame.

If they want to add their own picture, fine, but I think it shows something important spending time as well as money on a Christmas gift and this is something that can really last and will be unlikely to sit on a shelf unused.

Photo Display Choices
Photo Display Choices

How this list is made

What criteria do I use to deliver these top 5 photo display choices?

Let's be clear, there are NOT really any "loser's" on this list.

The mechanics of making a one of these digital photo display units is fairly standard. Prices vary, but not wildly. Some come with extra options, but are they really things you need?

Things like playing music. To be honest, I am not sure I ever want my pucture frame making noise, certainly not on a regular basis.

The things that really matter are :

1. Durability

2. Ease of use

3. Functions

4. Picture clarity

5. Customer reviews

6. WiFi Capable?

7. Video play capable?

8. Can it hang on a wall?

9. Does it have a stand for display on a mantle

10. General "look"

Number 10 is all about personal preference, so I will ignore that criteria. But all the other nine criteria are addressed here and all 5 of these items rate well based on those criteria. The ranking is fairly arbitrary, but hopefully you will find the perfect frame for you or for a gift from this list.

#1 Top Digital Photo Frame - Pix-Star PXT510WR02 10.4 Inch Digital Picture Frame with WiFi and Email support

Pix-Star 10.4 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame FotoConnect XD with Email, Online Providers, iPhone & Android app, DLNA and Motion Sensor (Black)
Pix-Star 10.4 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame FotoConnect XD with Email, Online Providers, iPhone & Android app, DLNA and Motion Sensor (Black)

This frame is currently the best-selling one on Amazon, and for a lot of good reasons. Mainly that it really ROCKS!

It is quality. It is durable. It displays wonderful display clarity and it is simply packed with options.

It supports USB and memory cards, but also has a nice big 2GB photo memory. Considering that is about 6,000 pictures, that is a pretty big slot for holding pictures.

It has a low consumption backlight, which is important if you leave this one 24/7. As I do.

It even has it's own dedicated email address, so you can simply attach it to your wifi network and email pictures to your drive. No fuss no muss. I love this. You can be on a vacation, take pictures with your digital phone, email the pictures and have them already displayed and waiting for you when you get home.


This frame is even set up to receive inputs from multiple sources, such as Picasa and Flickr. All pretty awesome if you ask me!


6 Reasons you might want to get a digital photo frame - A few simple reasons why I think digital photo frames ROCK!

Maybe you are wondering just "Why" you would want to get a digital picture frame. Here are a few simple arguments for these frames.

  1. The easiest way to display your digital photos
  2. They are relatively inexpensive
  3. They make great gifts
  4. No costs of developing photo's
  5. Easy to use. It does not take someone tech savvy to import and display these pictures.
  6. Pictures of memories are priceless

Best Choices in Digital Photo frames - The BEST of the REST

ViewSonic VFD820-70 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame (White)
ViewSonic VFD820-70 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame (White)

The advantages of this option are size, clarity and choice. The price is very reasonable for what you get. The display is maximized for best picture display and resolution and it has a very thin design, making this a perfect option for a “wall” display in my opinion.

Comes with a light sensor for an “auto on/off” feature that I think is pretty nifty. There is a lot to like about this smaller frame.

NIX 12 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor & 4GB Memory (X12C)
NIX 12 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor & 4GB Memory (X12C)

One of the neat features of this frame is that it comes with a built in motion sensor. You never have to worry about leaving it on draining your batteries, it will come to life when people are around and turn itself to standby when the room is empty. No fuss, no muss.

This is another of the large size displays and simply looks awesome. It has a 12 inch screen and comes with a 4gb portable thumb drive memory.

(about 8-12,000 pictures depending on size)

Made with a thin design for wall mounting.

ViewSonic VFD1028W-11 10.1-Inch Digital Photo Frame Features High Resolution 1024x600 (Black)
ViewSonic VFD1028W-11 10.1-Inch Digital Photo Frame Features High Resolution 1024x600 (Black)

The main advantage of this digi-frame choice is an aesthetic one.

It is designed to look like an actual picture frame mounted on the wall. I think this makes it look pretty cool, personally.

Like the others it has a thin design to make it easy for wall mounting.

It has a little bit lower internal storage space than some options, but more than enough for a very large photo collection (well over 500) add an HD card and you can still have a boat load of pics on this thin 10 inch frame.

NIX 7 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame - X07E. Motion Sensor for Auto On/Off & Hi Res 800 x 480 Screen
NIX 7 Inch Hu-Motion Digital Photo Frame - X07E. Motion Sensor for Auto On/Off & Hi Res 800 x 480 Screen

This is another of the smaller frames that sells quite well, and is very popular because it is a quality, “value” option.

It automatically transitions the photo between landscape and portrait views based on the orientation of the frame. It is only a 7” screen, but is notable for its sharpness and clarity.

One of the cool unique features of this frame is that it has a “split screen” option to display two photo’s. Which I think is pretty darn cool.


Do you have a Digital Photo Frame? Do you like it?

Do you have a Digital Photo Frame? Do you like it?

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      zentao 4 years ago

      @Northerntrials: Thanks! Glad you liked it! So many Digital Photo's certainly does necessitate some place to display them all!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I love the idea foir having multiple frames grouped per theme. I think I will look for discounted frames on Boxing Day and try that out.

      With the advent of digital photography I have so many pictures and nowhere to display them. Thanks for the ideas.