Digital Photo Frame Market
This section deals with a description of the digital photo frame market.
A DPF is a consumer electronics good. It satisfies the need of
displaying digital photos (and also music and videos) at home. Already
many people own a digital camera, however, just few decide to print the
photos. Many people just store the photos on their computer. However,
this is quite complicated for a big part of digital camera users. The
DPF is a simple device, where the pictures can be displayed without much
knowledge about computers. Therefore, a DPF is also appropriate for
Before 2006, the DPF was just a niche product and appeared in
professional stores. They were priced at a few hundred US Dollars retail
price. In 2006, manufacturers in
China (especially Shenzhen) headed into
this field. As a result, the price dropped significantly. Now, DPF are a
mass consumer product and affordable by almost everybody.
According to a press release by
Parks Associates the global market for digital photo frame products
will exceed 12 million units by 2010, up from an estimated 700,000 units
shipped in 2005. Chinese manufacturers are even more optimistic. Anyway,
whatever estimation you use, all conclude the same: The DPF market is
booming in the next years. Now, it is the right time to invest in DPF.
The digital photo frame market can be segmented in the following
1) Simple function digital photo frames
Simple function models mean that they can just display JPEG pictures
in a slideshow.
Most of these models are 7 (or 5.6) inch big. These models do not have any remote control and are just operated with buttons on the machines. The
earliest models do not have a power on/off button and can just support SD
and MMC cards. The following models added some functions such as the
support of MS and xD cards, a power on/off button and the possibility to
rotate the picture by 90 degrees. These models usually use Zoran solution and are very
2) Simple "multimedia" digital photo frames
These DPF can play photos, MP3 songs and some movies. Similar to the
first category, it can show the pictures in a slide show, however, with
these models you can add background music. Some models have a zoom
function and the picture can be rotated 90°, 180° or 270°. Normally, also a USB host is
included. These models usually do not support all popular memory cards
and do not have a built-in memory. So, no pictures can be stored on the
3) Improved "multimedia" digital photo frames
Products in this category can read all popular cards (CF, MMC, MS, SD,
xD) and have a built-in memory. In addition, a DPF in this category is also able to delete
and transfer files between the built-in memory and the cards. If there
is a USB slave, you can also connect the DPF to your computer. The models in
this category (just like some in the previous category) include a
calendar, clock and auto on/off or alarm function. These models usually
use Amlogic solution.
Most models in the above categories can be delivered in different sizes.
The most popular sizes are 5.6", 7" and 8". However, also smaller (like
2.5") and bigger (like 10.2" or 10.4") models exist.
This category also includes wireless frames and frames with special
features just like the possibility to connect with flickr.
This was an introduction in the digital photo frame market. If you need
further help or if you want that I assist you in sourcing digital
picture frames, feel freely to contact me.