Digital Photo Frames
Now that you have hundreds and hundreds of digital photos what do you do with them. You used to put them in photo albums that you looked at on rare occasion. There is now a solution. The digital photo frame is basically a LCD screen with a flash media drive built in. You put in your camera cards and the frame will run a slide show for you. If you have a photo screen saver on your computer then you no exactly how it works. The size ranges from little 1” keychain screens holding 60 photos for $25.00 to 17” screens with stereo speakers, mp3, fm radio, remote control and more for $399.00.
Put the frame in a well traveled spot in your home. Mine is in the kitchen. You will be amazed how often you find your self pausing in your busy day and smiling at a photo of a pet, loved one or your favorite Harley.
Shop for your frame, the prices range widely and wildly. Make sure you read the fine print too. The photo in the sale flyer may make it look like a big screen but when you get to the store, you discover it is a 3.5” screen. The frame I got is 7”. It is big enough and was substantially less money than a 10” frame. It was an early model and is restricted to seeing no more than 800 photos on the SD card. The current model has no limit to the number of photos it will see. If you put 10,000 on there it will run them in the slide show. Software that compresses the photos for screen use will allow you to put many more photos than you think possible on a 256MB SD card. (on close out at Radio Shack for $5.99.)
This 7” frame at Staples is $69.98 and $59.99 at J&R. The link is to J&R because they had a much more detailed description. Shipping is free at Staples and J&R is $6.95 for shipping. This frame looks like a good deal for a basic frame. Frankly I would just keep my eyes open for holiday sales. You should be able to score one for less than $60.00 with mp3 capability and remote as well as the photo frame features.
The gift giving season is coming. I think you could have a photo frame in every room and still want more. Watch for the bargains, check buy.com periodically. I have seem 7” frames, with remote and mp3 capability for as low as $65.00. Now there is a use for all those digital photos sitting on your computer. Try it, I know you will like it.
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