A well-chosen digital slideshow picture frame can breathe new life into your home. Enjoy your favorite memories shared directly from your loved one from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your home. We show you what to look for in a digital slideshow picture frame – and where you can find the best of the best. Learn more here as we answer common and essential questions. Let’s dive in!
What is the best digital slideshow picture frame for families?
Pix-Star’s frame is one of the best digital slideshow picture frame families thanks to unique and versatile features like multi-frame control, the ability to remotely control frames and start slideshows, multimedia support, etc.
Pix-Star’s digital frames have excellent slideshows thanks to the diverse selection of settings and functions. 8GB of internal storage and a user interface that’s straightforward and user-friendly makes the Pix-Star a great choice for families (especially those with elderly users).
Using the Pix-Star mobile app, you can send photos and other media to your Pix-Star frame from anywhere in the world. These photos can be sent to multiple frames at the same time and are automatically backed up to the cloud.
Pix-Star’s web interface lets you effortlessly manage all your cloud storage and connected frames. Perhaps the most unique and helpful feature in the remote-control function. You can start and manage slideshows from anywhere in the world, adjust settings, update firmware, link new photos & web albums, and more. It’s an excellent way to control all the family’s frames and make sure they have all the new photos.
Slideshows can be started with as little as two clicks from the frame’s home screen. You can choose to include all the photos and videos on the frame in the slideshow – or choose specific folders to start the slideshow from.
Pix-Star’s frame gives you excellent control over the play order and frequency of the photos within slideshows. You can set the frame to play recent photos more frequently (or not to show any older photos) in slideshows. Videos can be included too and you can choose to play them with or without their sound. You have several options for transition speed, style, and type; you can even play songs and radios over slideshows.
What to look for in a digital slideshow picture frame?
Digital slideshow picture frames should offer multiple settings over how slideshows appear and work. This should include the ability to manage the play order and frequency of photos in slideshows. Many cheaper digital frames that play photos only from USB/SD cards don’t let you control the order the photos are played in. With some top digital photo frames, you can control the frequency of pictures. It helps to offset issues related to frame taking information about the photo from its metadata and avoid issues with groups of photos showing too often.
Another great option to have is manually adjustable brightness and color settings. It lets you customize slideshows to match the mood, lighting, theme, or room. It’s especially great for fixing frames that oversaturate photos or have washed-out skin tones.
Make sure the frame has at least an 800×600 resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. It helps to boost immersion and make sure that photos display using all the available space on the display and aren’t boxed in by black pillar bars.
Can a digital slideshow picture frame play videos and audio?
A handful of the best digital photo frames like the Pix-Star frame can include audio and videos in slideshows. This isn’t a universally offered feature and many frames will charge an additional recurring annual or monthly fee to unlock or extend the limits on video playback and support.
Pix-Star’s frame is unique in that it offers 2-minute video clips without charging additional fees (unlike the Nixplay or Skylight frame that requires a subscription). This is more than most other digital photo frames offer and is more than enough time for sending personal messages and video clips to your loved ones.
You can use the Pix-Star Snap mobile app to send videos to your Pix-Star frames (you can send to multiple frames at the same time). This is something you have to pay an annual subscription fee for with other top frames like the Skylight frame.
You can send videos and audio notes to the Pix-Star frame by USB/SD card or through the Pix-Star Snap mobile app. You can add audio files over slideshows in the background, or listen to them via the media gallery. Audio can be played through the frame’s inbuilt speakers or connected speakers or headphones.
How to remotely start slideshows on a digital photo frame?
Pix-Star’s digital photo frames with slideshows have a remote-control function that lets you control any connected frame (up to 25 frames from a single user account) from anywhere in the world. It’s all done effortlessly and intuitively through the web interface. Here you can start and manage slideshows, manage your frame’s storage, manage the cloud storage for all the frames in your multi-frame group.
You have control over most of the frame’s settings via this remote control feature. It’s an excellent choice for big families with members all over the country/world that want to stay intimately connected. It’s also fantastic for elderly users as you can set their frame up to show all the latest photos from wherever you are at the time. All you need is access to the web interface, a computer, and an online frame.
Can I put a digital slideshow digital picture frame in the kitchen or bathroom?
Avoid putting digital slideshow picture frames in humid, overly hot, or places where water damage is likely. Kitchens can be oily and hot places, which is why we don’t recommend putting a frame in the kitchen. This isn’t a strict rule as your layout might support a digital photo frame – just be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from any potential water and heat hazards.
Avoid keeping your digital photo frame in the bathroom as all that moisture can potentially damage the digital frame. It’s also risky as running electric cables anywhere that water and people mix isn’t a wise idea.