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Digital Frames Reviews
According to digital photo frames reviews, the high resolution featured in our top picks ensure clear images and viewing pleasure. The digital frames on our list are all 7-inch models and support a variety of popular file formats.
Digital Photo Frames Resolution.Resolution is an issue that surfaces in any discussion of technology products with screens, including computer monitors, TVs, and DVD or Blu-ray players. So it is with digital photo frames, where the higher the number of pixels in the display, the clearer and sharper the framed picture will be. In the world of cheap digital picture frames, size also matters: The larger the display area, the higher the resolution needed to keep the picture crisp. For example, the resolution suitable for a 7-inch frame (the size refers to a frame's width) will not produce the same sharp results on a 14-inch or 20-inch frame. If you're shopping for a frame between seven and nine inches -- the most commonly purchased size -- don't settle for a resolution lower than 640x480.
Our three top picks all prove that good resolution doesn't have to be a budget buster. Both the Pandigital PAN7000DW (starting at $60) and Kodak EasyShare P750 (starting at $77) feature an 800x600 resolution, and the Sony DPF-D710 (starting at $67) has a resolution of 800x480. In fact, digital frames reviews at B&H give the Sony DPF-D710 a perfect rating, noting that the frame sports a high quality, high-resolution picture. Digital frames reviews of the Kodak EasyShare P750 posted at Best Buy say photos look professional in this high-resolution frame. The Pandigital PAN7000DW likewise impresses consumers with its non-grainy picture clarity, according to digital frames reviews on Amazon, especially in light of the frame's low price.
Some low-cost digital picture frames, such as the Digital Foci Image Moments 6 Photo Frame IMT-063 (starting at $59), actually focus on resolution as a marketing gambit. For instance, the 640x480 resolution on this 5.7-inch model is denser than some larger, top-selling digital frames. Users commenting in Digital Picture Frame Review are impressed with the sharpness, contrast, and vibrancy of the colors in this relatively small frame.
Digital Photo Frames Aspect Ratio.The aspect ratio refers to the horizontal and vertical dimensions of your pictures. Experts say a ratio of 4:3 displays most images at their best on digital photo frames regardless whether the picture is landscape- or portrait-oriented. The auto-aspect setting on most compact (aka point-and-shoot) digital cameras is 4:3, so images from these cameras display well -- without distortion or cropping -- on digital frames with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The more complex digital SLRs (single lens reflex cameras) typically shoot with an aspect ratio of 3:2, and images taken with these cameras display with far less distortion on a frame with a 4:3 aspect ratio than on a frame with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the other common setting.
Many lower-price digital photo frames, including two of our top picks -- the Pandigital PAN7000DW and Kodak EasyShare -- use the 4:3 aspect ratio as a standard setting. Others feature an aspect ratio of 16:9 or above, which produces the increasingly popular widescreen effect. Unfortunately, if you shoot photos in a non-widescreen format, such as 4:3 or 3:2, a widescreen display stretches and distorts the images to fill the space. This is fortunately not the case with one of our preferred models, the Sony DPF-D710, which has an aspect ratio of 16:10. A digital frames review by experts at Top Ten Reviews says the Sony DPF-D710 is a good basic digital picture frame that scores bonus points for its automatic orientation sensor, which adjusts images to portrait or landscape depending on what's needed and adds thin black bars to the top and bottom of the screen to provide a non-distorted widescreen effect for any image shot in a 4:3 or 3:2 format.Back to top »
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