Which? Christmas gift guide - digital photo framesThe best photo frames and one to avoid

18 December 2010

Digital photo frames make a great gift. And as prices have tumbled in the last year they’re more affordable than ever.

You can now get your hands on a fantastic frame for just £25. But there are also some terrible models that are best avoided.

To make sure that no one's disappointed on Christmas morning we’ve selected our favourite models from 2010.

Sony DPF-D830L Digital Photo Frame

Best on test: Sony DPF D830L – around £139

This outstanding digital photo frame is packed with features and has a large internal memory, but it is pretty expensive. Image quality from the high-resolution (800x600 pixel) display is outstanding and it comes with a handy remote control.

The frame can play music and videos and even has a rechargeable battery so you can pass it around to share your photos with friends. 


Jessops Compact 8” Compact Digital Photo Frame

Best for bargain hunters: Jessops Compact 8” Compact Digital Photo Frame - £25

This impressive Jessops frame is an absolute bargain, costing less than half the price of most comparable models.

It may lack features, and there’s no internal memory so you'll need to buy a memory card, but photos look great on bright eight inch screen and it’s easy to use. 

Read the full Jessops Compact Digital Photo Frame review

Samsung SPF 800W

Best for film fanatics: Samsung SPF 800W – around £120

This model can play videos and music and while the music quality is pretty poor (stick to your home hi-fi), the video player is far more impressive.

Image quality on the high resolution (800 x 600 pixel) display is excellent and videos are easy to load and play. The Samsung SPF-800W has a large (1GB) internal memory, which means you can save images directly to the frame, and you can download videos straight from your computer (though not from Macs). 


Kodak Pulse

Best for gadget lovers: Kodak Pulse – around £100

The Kodak Pulse is a touchscreen-enabled seven-inch frame. It's equipped with wi-fi connectivity and a personal email address, so if you have a wireless broadband network at home you can send pictures straight to the frame.

It can also be linked to your Facebook and Kodak Gallery web sites so new pictures will appear automatically. 

Read the full Kodak Pulse review

Kodak Easyshare P725

Best for technophobes: Kodak Easyshare P725 – around £50

This frame is incredibly easy to set up and use. The menu system is very straightforward with just a few self-explanatory buttons.

Handily, these are located on the top of the frame, rather than on the back where they can be difficult to use.

The P725 comes with a small memory (512MB) and can accept most memory cards. 


Clarity 7 Inch Interchangeable Frame

One to avoid: Clarity 7 Inch Interchangeable Frame – around £30

Finally, before you head to the shops or online retailers, check out the list of Which? Don't Buy digital photo frames

We suggest Santa steers well clear of these models, which all have low-resolution screens that make your photos look awful.