One geek photography topic I have been following for quite a long time is digital picture frames. I take a lot of pictures. Besides displaying them on my website(s), I’d like to see them at home. A perfect thing for this is a digital frame that cycles through a collection of pictures.
I have been keeping a collection of links to digital picture frames over on delicious. Here is my collection. I have felt that in the last few months there have been an increasing number of announcements of new frames. I finally feel that for the price of what you get, they are worth it. Some of the features are pretty cool too, but some are bad.
Watch out for the ones that require a subscription or an account on a server to download pictures from. Sadly these still exist and the problem lies with what happens to the company if they go under, or decide to exit the market? Also, you need to upload your pictures to their server, and for me there lies a problem with ownership of the file (forgetting that it takes time to upload somewhere then download to the frame).
K.I.S.S. I don’t want much in a frame, but I do want a good quality picture. The features I want in a frame are these:
- AC or DC power
- large and bright screen
- internal memory
- memory card capable
Not much there. Some of the other things cool features that I have seen:
- wi-fi access to picture collections
- rss reading of picture collections
- video playback
- remote control
- motion sensor to disable the frame while noone is in the room
I hope to pick a digital picture frame up in the next few months. They have been a novelty for a while, but now I think I am at the point where I would find it useful.