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Digital Frame Memory
Digital Picture Frames File Formats
Because you probably want to maximize compatibility between your digital picture frame and your other electronic gear, be sure to check which file formats the frame supports before buying it. Compact digital cameras produce pictures in JPEG (the most common file format), BMP, GIF, TIFF, RAW, or PNG. The most common audio file formats are MP3, WAV, and WMA, and movie file formats include AVI, DIVX, WMA, MOV, and MPEG. Both the Pandigital PAN7000DW and Coby 8-Inch Photo Frame with Multimedia Playback DP870 (starting at $60, Amazon) support a range of picture, audio, and video formats. The Coby DP870 is particularly recognized in digital picture frame reviews on Amazon for its exceptional ability to serve as an MP3 player as well as a photo frame. If you only plan to use a digital frame to display still photos, expansive file format support may not be a deal breaker for you, and a frame that supports JPEG, like the Kodak EasyShare P750, should work just fine. For more still-shot options, the Sony DPF-D710 supports JPEG file formats as well as TIFF, BMP, and RAW images.
Digital Frame Memory.Digital frames come with a certain amount of built-in memory so you don't have to attach peripherals, such as a memory card or flash drive. The size (resolution) of the files and the digital frame's memory determine the number of images you can display at any given time. A model like the Sony DPF-D710 with 128MB of memory can hold up to 100 medium- to high-resolution JPEGs just fine, and some cheap digital picture frames feature much more: The Digital Foci IMT-063, for example, comes with 450MB internal memory, and the Kodak EasyShare P750 features a whopping 2GB, while the Pandigital PAN7000DW boasts 1GB of memory.
Some inexpensive digital picture frames, like the Coby DP870, don't have any internal memory. In situations like this, you store photos on a flash drive or memory card that's inserted into a port on the side or back of the frame. Some consumers consider a lack of internal memory an advantage, preferring to organize and group pictures on different peripherals they can switch out for particular audiences or occasions. But a digital picture frame review of the Coby DP870 at Top Ten Reviews says the zero internal memory in a digital frame is a drawback. Most users, however, apparently don't consider this a problem worthy of commenting on at all, and their digital picture frame reviews on Amazon give the Coby DP870 a fairly high rating.
But even cheap digital picture frames with substantial internal memory may not hold all the photos you want to display. Fortunately, extending a frame's capacity with an external memory card or USB flash drive is often possible. If you already have memory cards or flash drives for your computer or digital camera, it's a good idea to buy a cheap digital picture frame that supports that same standard. Quite a few cheap digital picture frames have very robust external memory supports and are compatible with an array of the most common card and drive formats and/or have multiple ports or card slots. One of our good choices, the Sony DPF-D710, makes up for its 128MB internal memory by supporting the most common peripheral memory formats with a USB port and a memory card slot, as do both the Kodak EasyShare P750, the Pandigital PAN7000DW, and the Aluratek ADMPF108F.
Don't Bother Budget Digital Picture Frames
With lots of bells and whistles -- 512MB internal memory, support for image, music, and video files, and a remote control -- this model should be a promising contender. Unfortunately, reviews say it's not particularly user-friendly or long-lasting, and it doesn't seem to sync with a PC. Read more »
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