Digital Photo Frames

By: Olly Fallon

You may have heard of Digital Photo Frames. They are the new craze that has been hitting the market within the last year or so.

Since digital cameras first jumped onto the scene people have been hit by a dilemma - Everyone loves photos but they simply are not as enjoyable when sat at a computer screen. Where you used to pass around your family photo album for all to see, you now have to get everyone gathered round a small screen to enjoy them. This means that more often than not people just didn't bother showing them.

Since then there are companies that will print your photos out to look like original photos. This is a service used by some but generally, due to the ease of putting them on a PC people again do not bother. Sure there are printers that can print photos, but you need special paper and it requires a lot of ink. Mostly this is a very expensive way of doing things.

Here is where the digital photo frames come into play. These devices look like your standard photo frames seen dotted around the home. There is a big difference however, these digital photo frames do not display a paper photo - they display your digital photos directly from your memory card or on board memory. How is this done?

Well as we know, flat panel TFT monitors, LCD televisions and plasma screens have become more and more popular as well as more affordable in recent years. This has led to a boom in this technology. A digital photo frame utilises this technology by installing a tft screen into the photo frame shell. Once powered up the screen can display your photo in the best resolutions as it if was a real photo - what's more often the images are much sharper than a print.

The great thing about these devices is that you are not limited to showing one photo. You can set the frame to display a whole album of photos, one after the other, at intervals that suit you. You can choose frames the size of a standard photo right up to huge 12 inch frames and beyond.

Some digital photo frames will come with on board memory, others will require you to insert your memory card. Some will have effects such as sepia and negative and others will fade in and out your photos. Some come with a built in battery which is great for wire free viewing!

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