Digital frames are electronic devices that look like ordinary picture frames. However, they display images through a connection to the internet, computer, or a digital camera. The first of these gadgets, like the sonny cyber frame, hit the world market in the late 1990s. These older generations were expensive, required cabling to a computer and power source, and could only store a limited number of pictures depending on the type. This has however changed due to the technological advancement that has hit the world of photography in the past century. Newer models now have greater storage capability, access to images via the web and wireless technology. With all these improvements newer models are definitely improvements of their predecessors.
Digital frames today can store from either a few dozen to thousands of pictures in a single or slideshow format on a Liquid Crystal display (LCD) screen. In addition, they vary in size, from the Ceiva2 high resolution 5×7 LCD screen frame, the memory frame 5×7 and 8×10 frames to the wallflower2 14.1 inch and 12.1 inch frames. Some manufacturers such as the wallflower Systems Inc offers oversized screens by custom order for commercial use. Like their older counterparts, modern frames require a connection to the internet, computer, or digital camera for picture transfer. The sleek Ceiva2 digital photo receiver frame for example, receives and display photos by way of the phone line. This means that users who are subscribed to Ceivas picture plan on an ongoing basis, have to simply upload their various pictures to the companys website, and the following day their pictures are transferred to their frames.
Most digital frames such as the Memory frame digital photo frame are equipped with a USB cable for quick image transfer from other digital cameras, computer, or memory cards. In addition, other types of frames include a wireless adapter, which allow users to transfer pictures to their frames via wireless means. Like the conventional frames, modern frames are made of materials such as wood, plastic and even metal. This provides users with an assortment of frames to choose from, which will suit them best.
Digital frames such as the Wallflower2 are able to play music and video files. To add on to their elegant and remarkable quality, some of the newer models are equipped with Wi- Fi technology. This allows users to sidestep those extra cables and memory cards.