The best digital picture frames

Consider this a gift guide for the sentimental.

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Why hang one piece of framed art when you can rotate through thousands?Sylwia Pietruszka via Unsplash

Digital picture frames are great because (1) it's a whole lot easier to swap out photos of your loved ones, (2) rotating images keep your living room or corridor feeling fresh, and (3) you can showcase a themed group of photos that fit the occasion (like childhood photos of your uncle on his 70th birthday). On the surface, most digital frames have similar functions, but if you take a closer look, there are some sweet features that set them apart.

Below are some favorites.

Aura Stardust frame
Aura Stardust frame
This frame has unlimited storage, facial recognition, and self-adjusts its brightness depending on the light in the room.Amazon

The Aura digital photo frame has a 9.7-inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution. It weighs just under six pounds, and boasts unlimited storage. The WiFi-connected frame uses facial recognition to create albums of the people most often in your photos. It also lets you share photos with other Aura frames. The frame has built-in smart sensors that adjust the screen's brightness based on how much light is in the room. The frame itself comes in four colors.

Seed Wave Frame
Seed Wave Frame
The Nixplay Seed Wave features 10GB of free cloud storage, 8GB of built-in storage, and powerful speakers.Amazon

The 13-inch Nixplay Seed Wave frame boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution, motion sensors, and a power cord that acts as a frame stand. This new model features two 5-watt speakers that let you stream musical accompaniment via Bluetooth. It also offers better sound for your videos. Upload curated photo playlists or connect your social media accounts. The Seed Wave comes with 10GB of free cloud storage and 8GB on built-in storage.

Nix Advance
Nix Advance
The more affordable Nix Advance stores the photos on a USB drive or SD card in the back of the frame.Amazon

The Nix Advance has a 1024 x 768-resolution screen that plays photos and 720p videos. To play your media, plug in a USB drive or SD card into the port at the back of the frame. A motion sensor turns off the frame after you leave the room. The frame also includes a clock, calendar, and stereo speakers.

Merual Smart Frame
Merual Smart Frame
With an annual fee, The Merual frame lets you access up to 40,000 pieces of classic art.Amazon

The Meural Canvas is a statement piece. The anti-glare digital canvas has a 1080p screen that measures 27-inch diagonally and can be oriented horizontally or vertically. It connects over WiFi, which is crucial if you opt to pay $50 a year to access more than 40,000 pieces of classic art. You can always upload your photos to the device via an app on your smartphone, too. It’s also compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, meaning you can swap images with your voice.

WiFi Cloud Digital Picture Frame
WiFi Cloud Digital Picture Frame
The 10.1-inch PhotoSpring WiFi frame comes in six colors and three sizes.Amazon

The 10.1-inch, WiFi-connected PhotoSpring digital photo frame has a built-in rechargeable battery and a touchscreen that lets you browse through your photos quickly. Download the app—available for Apple and Windows devices—to automatically share photos and videos. The PhotoSpring comes in three sizes: 16GB32GB, and 64GB. There are six colors to choose from.

Skylight Frame
Skylight Frame
The touchscreen lets you email your pictures directly to the device instead of using an app.Amazon

The 10-inch touchscreen Skylight Frame looks more like a typical photo frame than the other digital options. Instead of using an app to upload photos, you get a unique email address and can mail pictures directly. They automatically arrive on the screen, where you can swipe through them and delete as you see fit. The Skylight Frame can hold more than 8,000 photos and has a 1024x600 resolution.

Micca Digital Picture Frame
Micca Digital Picture Frame
It can shuffle through 10,000 photos and play 1080p video.Amazon

The Micca digital frame is a third of the price, but still has similar features. There is no internal storage, but you can add photos or videos to an SD card or USB drive and plug them into the back of the devices. The frame can play 1080p video and be used as an MP3 player as well. It comes in two sizes—a 7-inch and an 8-inch.

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