A digital photo frame is commonly called as a digital media frame. A digital photo frame is a picture frame that is used to display digital photographs. It doesn’t require any printer or computer. The digital photo frames were invented much before the introduction of digital computers. A digital photo frame has basically been designed for stationary objects that can give an artistic look.
The digital photo frames are present in a variety of sizes and shapes with a varied number of features too. Some can even support videos along with the display of photographs. A digital photo frame can be made available in various sizes starting from a tiny key chain sized frame to a large wall-mounted frame. The most common size range starts at 7 inches and ends at 20 inches.
Previously, these photo frames were designed to display only jpeg images but today, these are designed to display slideshows of photographs with adjusted time interval. Some can even send pictures to the printer as the frame designed by Sony, the S-Frame F800. This photo frame has an integrated printer fixed at the back using which the pictures can be sent to printer.
Digital photo frames have internal memory storage where we can save the pictures to be displayed. By inserting the camera’s memory card into the frame also, the pictures can be displayed. We can even display pictures in the frame using the USB or by using the Bluetooth. There is also a feature of sharing the pictures with other frames. Built-in speakers are present in the frames to display videos with sound content. There are some frames that even supports remote control features.
The frame sizes that are in high demand today includes 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 ratios among their length and width. The frame should be purchased according to the size of photograph to be displayed so that the picture doesn’t need to be cropped or stretched to fit the frame properly.
In February 2008, a large number of photo frames were found to have malicious hacking programs as a content stored on their internal storage. As security is a big issue, the frames should be properly checked for such matters before purchasing.