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Digital Frame All Your RV Photos

| Updated Apr 23, 2015

We have seen RVs with photos plastered on walls — kids, scenery, friends. Frankly, the pictures look klutzy, although we have seen some nicely done framed photos.  But in a small RV there is little space for photos – and which photo would we pick?

One Christmas we received a 12-inch digital photo frame. It displayed hundreds of our digital photos with simple transitions or fancy wipes. On shore power the continuous show reminds us of happy trips, Poodle dogs, kite flying, old and new friends and relatives. Roger even routed a groove in a table-spacing board to hold the frame. But the frame was just too large, and the pictures continually changing put a damper on conversations. So we retired the big photo frame and plugged it into a kitchen wall socket.

On March 7 the Wall Street Journal published an article Digital Frames Worth Framing. The article recommended a new digital picture frame that gave a much better image than some other frames, and looked great at any angle. The featured item was the Nixplay 8-inch ($59 on Amazon). Its backlit screen has a resolution of 160 pixels per inch and presents images that are sharp, bright, and vibrant from all angles.

Photo Frame in CamperWhat a delightful addition the Nixplay frame is to our small RV. It fits easily into the groove routed into our table spacing board. Nixplay makes it easy to load your photosby just putting them on an SD card or flash drive and sticking it into the slot. You can choose several slide show modes, random or sequential with programmable dwell time and various transitions if you want to fade, wipe, cut, or dissolve images one to another. The frame is a dull black. But you can dress it up by fitting it into a larger picture frame with a mat around it if you have space for that kind of thing.  It has a motion detector and turns off if no movement is detected for awhile

To make a calmer show that doesn't interrupt conversations, you can time the images to hold for several minutes (up to 30 minutes) rather than pausing only a few seconds. Our new digital image frame's smaller size makes a welcome addition to our Roadtrek, especially since it really displays places we have camped, our activities, Poodles having doggie adventures, and happy relatives and people we have met on our many travels.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-04-23

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

One Response to “Digital Frame All Your RV Photos”

April 29, 2015at6:05 pm, Ryan said:

There are pros and cons with moving to a digital picture frame. On one hand, you can store thousands(!) of pictures. On the other hand, you have to figure out how you are going to power the thing and you may not want to waste the electricity on it. For me, the positives outweight the negatives when using a digital frame in my used RV.

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