Things to Know About Digital Picture Frames

Choosing a digital picture frame is not as easy as scouring the Internet and choosing the first one that you see. If you want to make sure that you get the best possible frame for your money, you are going to want to know a bit about the frames before making a purchase. The more you know about the technology and terminology behind the frames, the better your chances of making a good buying decision.

The Aspect Ratio

What is the aspect ratio? Just like on your television set, this refers to the height and width of the image displayed. 4:3 is standard, while 16:9 refers to widescreen (again, just like on a high definition television). You will find frames that offer the 4:3 or the 16:9 ratios. When you choose a digital frame, make sure that you check the aspect ratio so that you know what you are getting.

Resolution

You are going to want to get a digital picture frame that has a high resolution. The higher the resolution, the better your pictures are going to look. While you might find that the higher resolution frames cost a bit more, they are certainly worth the extra money.

Compatibility

You need to know what types of file are compatible with your frame. The most common file type that you will try to put on your frame is the jpeg, which is what most photos are. Many frames take other types of files as well. You can find frames that will allow you to upload MP3s and video files. Make sure that you know the various types of files that the frame allows before you purchase. If you want to add music to your photos, then you want to make sure that the digital frame offers that capability.

Power

How does the frame work? Some frames need to plug into a wall socket in order to power on and show photos. Other frames run on batteries. If you are going to mount your frame on the wall and you don’t want a cord dangling from the frame, try to find one that runs on batteries. If you are simply keeping the frame on your desk or table at home or at work you might not care if the frame has an electrical cord or not.

Aesthetics

Digital frames come in a variety of materials. You will be able to find acrylic frames, metal frames, wooden frames, and more. No matter your color choice or style choice, you should have no trouble finding the perfect frame. Make sure that it suits your decorating style and fits in well with the rest of your home.

Shop Smart

You want to get a great deal on your frame and save a little money, just like everyone else. One of the best ways to get a great deal on these frames is to shop around and search the digital frame outlet sites. They often have great deals.

Picture Frames Are More Than Just Picture Frames

The versatility of picture frames to decorate your home or office is really powerful and they can be found any place. Now with digital or electronic picture frames, the technology has give us a new age of the frame. These are found mostly at high end stores, especially gift shops, and sometimes a yard sales.

Over the years the styles of frames varied between traditional to modern and in the 1960’s came plastic frames to the electronic frames of today. Most of us enjoy, I believe, a nice wood frame made of cherry oak or something like that (for country anyway). Of course the shape of the frame to fit the picture perfectly is one of the most important features. Oval, circular, and even rectangular shadowboxes are various types of picture frames.

Where you can place picture frames is can vary between being hung on a wall to a table, easel or in various groupings. You can also use picture frames to hide ugly wall holes that never were fixed properly, breaker boxes and small nail holes. Yes, a paint job that can go south in spots, and if it fits, put a picture over it. Now a days, the trend is hanging empty frames in a grouping for a decorating idea.

Frames can protect cherished memories and mementos. Use to display a child’s artwork. Frame antique baby clothes to decorate a baby’s room. Small quilts can be framed and hung up in bedrooms to create a comfy and homey atmosphere. A great way to make a first impression in your home or office with artwork would be a display in an entryway.

Electronic or digital frames have been popular in the U.S. now for the past decade. Digital picture frames are the latest way to display your pictures in either your home or office. One advantage of the electronic devices is that you can display multiple pictures at a time, not just one picture frame by frame. Another feature is the option of adding unique transitions between your pictures as well as some that even allow you to upload music to enhance the overall experience.

Fortunately, there is not special training required to transfer pictures, its more like plug, choose folder, and upload. You have digital cameras that work the same way, so its not hard work. I really love these little wonders that are a technological phenomena. Some use these frames for business to, as they are very portable and light. As states, the ease of use is awesome, the one push of a button feature and your done. Choose what images, how they look, how fast, music and your done. The price range isn’t too bad either, you can find them for 50 dollars in many stores, or shop online.

Now a days, a budget is needed and picture frames may be low on the priority list. But find treasures and cheap frames and have fun doing it, is visit a local yard sale. You could walk away with some really neat frames for pennies on the dollar. Its not uncommon to find a nice set of picture frames for twenty-five cents or a batch for a few dollars.

More budget ideas for nice frames is sales at your local dollar store. As if dollar stores are not cheap enough, for some reason I always find deals on picture frames. I guess the modern day cell phones and computers caused a drought for picture frame makers, hence you can find tons of deals. Also craft stores work well for great prices too. Online is a great place to find deals, as merchants love online customers, they go out of the way to make you happy. OH, and never forget eBay.

Picture frames are a great way to decorate your home or office and make great gifts for weddings, graduations, and birthdays. So if you are in the market for a frame, either traditional or digital, and you don’t have a big budget, there are many places to find a great deal. A multipurpose tool used for decorating your home or office, marketing your business, or just preserving your cherished memories is something everyone can find value and purpose.

Sony’s Digital Picture Frame With Built-In Printer

Sony is set to release a digital picture frame that sports a built-in photo printer! Now you can not only enjoy your photos, but you can print them and hand them off to your guests in a matter of seconds. The idea of a digital picture frame with a built-in printer is not only unique, but absolutely necessary. Think of uploading photos of your party and printing the best pictures for your guests right on the spot! Imagine taking photos of your grandchildren and printing their photos and giving it to them as souvenirs! Sharing photos has never been easier.

The Sony DPP-F700 is a S-Frame digital photo frame with a 7-inch WVGA LCD frame. It is capable of displaying pictures at a resolution of 800×480 and has an aspect ratio of 16:10. It is jet black and stylish, able to showcase your photos in vibrant colors and crisp details.

The built-in printer is capable of printing professional quality 4 x 6-inch, 300 x 300 dpi photos in just 45 seconds. You are able to edit the photos before printing. Editing options allow you to manipulate photos in various ways, including enlarge, reduce, crop, date stamp, border/borderless, brightness, contrast, hue, and sharpness adjustments.

You are able to transfer your photos to the Sony digital picture frame through a USB port or via most popular memory cards, such as SD, MMC, CF, and more. Further, the picture frame has a 1GB internal memory, allowing you to store up to 2,000 photos. There are multiple playback options, allowing you to display your photos as single images or as a slideshow, using 10 built-in transition modes.

Missing functions are wireless support and movie/audio playback. Also, this digital picture frame does not support RSS feeds. The Sony DPP-F700 will be available in January of 2010, a little too late for Christmas, and it will cost $200. Not withstanding the missing functionalities, this digital picture frame is a great gadget because of the built-in printer.