What are the best digital picture frames with email?
Pix-Star’s digital picture frames with email are tough to beat to take the top spot. Pix-Star created and pioneered the idea of giving a digital picture frame a unique and dedicated email address for sending and receiving photos from anywhere in the world. Pix-Star’s email function also lets you use the Pix-Star Snap mobile app to send up to 250 pictures directly to several frames at the same time – no matter where you are.
Pix-Star’s frames are available in either a 10-inch digital frame or a larger 15-inch digital frame. Both of them use versatile 4:3 aspect ratios – meaning that you need to edit fewer photos for the optimal viewing experience. Since most of our smartphones shoot in 4:3, the photos sent to your frame with displays using the full screen and won’t be cropped, distorted or boxed into the center of the display.
Pix-Star’s web album feature is one of the most unique and effective features on the market. You can link photo albums from social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), photo-sharing sites (Google Photos, Flickr), and online storage platforms (Google Drive, Dropbox). Selected albums are linked to any of your connected Pix-Star frames and synced to their internal storage. Web albums can be viewed offline in slideshows and are saved to the frame’s internal storage.
The web album feature links well together with the functionality of the web dashboard for each of your frames. You can create multi-frame control groups that let you manage & control up to 25 connected Pix-Star frames via the web interface – from anywhere in the world. Here you can change each frame’s settings, start & manage slideshows, manage both local & cloud storage, and even update their firmware.
Pix-Star’s mobile app and photo-mail function let you send pictures to your frame no matter where you are. They’re saved to the photo-mail section of the media library and are automatically backed up to the frame’s free-for-life cloud storage. These features are fantastic for homes & families while making it effortless to keep everybody connect & involved – even for grandparents.
How to send photos to digital picture frames with email?
When sending photos to digital picture frames with email, there are a couple of important pointers to note. Make sure that all of the photos are in a format that the frame supports. This is especially true for cheaper digital picture frames as they can struggle with less common file formats. You may also want to avoid sending pictures in a higher resolution than the receiving frame’s native resolution. This helps to reduce the amount of storage space being wasted and makes the pictures send a little faster.
On a similar note, you may want to crop the photos to match your frame’s aspect ratio. This is important if you want photos to display using the frame’s full display. With narrower aspect ratios like 16:9 and 16:10, it’s common to have your pictures distorted, zoomed, cropped, or boxed into the center of the display – particularly for photos taken on smartphones (they usually capture in 4:3). Some premium frames like the Pix-Star use a 4:3 aspect ratio and will save you a lot of time while still delivering an excellent viewing experience.
Ensure that you add the pictures as attachments to the email. Don’t drag and drop them into the body section of the email like this (in some cases) can encode the photos into HTML – meaning they won’t be sent. While you can’t send as many pictures at the same time as you can with mobile apps, you can still send a decent amount. You’ll also be able to send to several frames at the same time as long as you have their unique email address.
Do digital picture frames with email need Wi-Fi or cloud storage?
Most premium digital picture frames with email have internal storage space for all the received photos. This is an essential feature if you want to use the frame to view your photos without needing to be connected to the internet. You can usually browse through all your saved photos, videos, and audio files via the frame’s media library. With frames like the Pix-Star, you can manually select files & folders to start slideshows from – and this can be done remotely to some extent.
With frames like the Pix-Star, you don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi all time. You only need an active connection when backing your media up to the cloud, syncing new photos from web albums, and downloading any pending pictures. All of your received photos are automatically saved to the frame’s 8GB internal storage and can be access at any time – and included in slideshows – without needing an active Wi-Fi connection.
Can I send videos to digital picture frames with email?
The photo-mail function rarely lets you send videos to your digital picture frame with email. This is due in part to the size of the videos compared with photos, and the compression involved in sending via email. It would result in low-quality video playback on most frames. You’d get far better results sending videos through methods like USB/SD cards and a supported mobile app.
The Pix-Star Snap mobile app lets you send videos directly to your Pix-Star frame (or to several Pix-Star frames at the same time) from anywhere in the world. They’re automatically backed up to the cloud and are saved to the frame’s internal storage. Pix-Star’s frames let you include videos into slideshows and they can even be set to play muted. Alternatively, you can load videos to your Pix-Star frame by USB/SD card.
How many photos can Pix-Star digital picture frames with email hold?
Pix-Star’s frames have an impressive 8GB of internal storage – which offers enough space for around 30,000 photos. This number varies depending on the size, format, and resolution of the saved photos and how many videos files are saved on the frame’s internal storage.
Pix-Star’s digital picture frames also support USB/SD cards without imposing any restrictions on their size. Thanks to Pix-Star’s plug-and-play feature, you can play slideshows directly off a connected USB/SD card without needing to copy the content to the frame’s internal storage first. This gives you almost unlimited virtual storage and makes sure you never run out of space for your favorite photos & videos.