A digital frame is a bit like a photo album; it lets you collect and arrange lots of your favourite images for display. The trouble is, pictures take up space and eventually the memory is going to be more crowded than a world record attempt for fitting people in a photo booth. Your gadget may tell you its memory size, but that’s not much use if you don’t know much room each photo takes up. How many piccies can your frame hold, and are there any ways of letting it store more?

The Knowhow

  • The amount of space an image file varies according to size and quality.
  • Photos taken at lower megapixel resolutions will take up less room.

Based on estimates from Which?, on a frame with 512mb memory you should be able to store about the following number of JPEGs:

  • 2 megapixel - 570
  • 3 megapixel - 425
  • 4 megapixel - 255
  • 5 megapixel - 205
  • 6 megapixel - 160
  • 7 megapixel - 130
  • 8 megapixel - 115

Frames will be able to store significantly more images saved at resolutions lower than 2 megapixels.

  • Many digital photo frames have a screen resolution lower than 1 megapixel; they will not be able to display the extra detail in larger files.
  • You can change the resolution of your image files using a photo editing package such as Photoshop Elements.

Adding more memory:

  • Photo frames often allow you to connect memory cards and USB sticks. These can be used as additional memory.
  • Wireless frames can connect to your home network and access images directly from your hard drive or internet sites such as Flickr®.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific details.

Updated On:

Apr 27, 2011

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