Cheap digital photo frames were once the stuff of sheer fantasy. Certainly, a cheap digital photo frame that didn't suck was, for a long time, an absolute impossibility.

But these dark times now appear to be at an end.

Digital photo frames have gone from being expensive grainy electricity-sapping gizmos for geeks to this year's must-have digital living room accessory.

Digital frames now come with higher resolutions, wireless and RSS connectivity, and critically - cheaper prices.

It's now possible to pick up a digital photo frame for most budgets, with frames starting at around £30 and reaching upwards of £600.

At the higher end, you're paying for better resolutions, better contrast, access to wider ranges of connections and in extreme cases, the beginnings of OLED organic technology for the brightest and sharpest pictures on the planet.

Whatever your budget, here's our round up of the best photo frame options.

samsungSamsung SPF-72V 7-inch WiFi Digital Frame - £119

The 7-inch Samsung SPF-72V brings unrivalled levels of connectivity to the photo frame market.

Aside from wireless connectivity, Vista users can exchange music and video files using the syncing features in Windows Media Player, which also includes DivX files.

Not only can you use your PC to exchange files, but you can also set the Samsung to cycle through photos from web sites or RSS feeds by specifying the address during the set up phase.

The SPF-72V features a 800x480 screen with a 300:1 contrast ratio which is guaranteed to leave your photos looking sharp and clear, and you can store your photos without the need for extra cards with the built in 64MB memory.

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sonySony D100 - £175.00

The falling prices of LCD panels has meant an explosion of high quality photo frames which won't break the bank.

The Sony D100 is a whopping 10.4-inch 4:3 frame which works in portrait and landscape and is packed with features.

The D100 and its sister frame the D80 (8-inch version) has software built-in that automatically rotates pictures to eliminate those wonky shots which ruin photo enjoyment.

There's 256MB built in memory as well, and although there's no wireless capability, you can choose from 10 types of slideshow including time and date.

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hannsHANNspree SD7021 - £39.99

If £600 for a photo frame counts as a little excessive then try this credit crunch-busting offering from HANNspree.

The 7-inch display has an unspectacular 480 x 264 resolution but a better than average 500:1 contrast ratio which will leave your photos looking colourful if a little grainy.

At just £39.99 it's one of the leading entry level frames, and has extra clock and date options.

Connectivity is limited to USB and SD card, but there is a generous 64GB of internal memory which can store your shots without having to keep your SD cards in the frame rather than in your camera.

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HPHP HP750 7-inch Digital Photoframe - £77.98

The HP 750 doesn't just use its 7-inch screen to let you enjoy your photos, but you can also view your home videos as well.

The display resolution is an impressive 800x480 and it has a contrast ratio of 400:1, guaranteeing sharp and true results.

The frame supports JPEG photos and is one of the few products on the market to play MPEG.

Like most frames the HP750 features a remote control to let you browse through your music and videos, and supports most types of memory cards.

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imateI-MATE - 7-inch Momento 70 WiFi Digital Photo Frame - £49.99

If you're looking for a frame which does everything on a budget, the Momento is for you.

It's one of the lowest prices frames to include built in Wi-Fi, which makes it easy to transfer your photos.

iMate has also developed Momento software to compliment its frame, which enables users to stream photos from the web using the online service.

The hardware is just as impressive as the software as the Momento features an impressive 800x480 display, supports most types of flash card and is compatible with Windows SideShow, making it a real contender for the crown of best connected frame- and all with a sub £50 price tag.

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parrotParrot Photo Viewer 7-inch - £123

Sleek stylish and great quality, the Parrot Photo Viewer is one of the best digital frames on the market.

You can choose from a range of frame styles, colours and textures, including wood and leather, which will suit any décor.

The Parrot Photo Viewer can be connected by USB or Bluetooth, rotate photos as suited, and change the brightness of the screen automatically depending on the brightness of the room.

The screen is a decent 720x480 resolution and can store 500 photos on its generous internal memory.

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pictoreaPictorea 10.4 Bluetooth Pro - £114.95

The Pictorea offers a large 10.4-inch screen with 800x600 resolution, which makes pictures sharp and perfect for living room enjoyment.

Photos can be transferred by Bluetooth or USB and includes support for most types of storage cards, meaning you can send photos to the frame straight from a mobile phone, or using a Bluetooth dongle.

Not only does the 10.4-inch Pro support JPEG photos, there is also support for MPEG videos for those shaky home movies, and MP3- for when you want to enjoy music from your photo frame. No home should be without that.

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philipsPhilips 8FF3FPB/05 8-inch Digital Photo Frame - £79.99

The Philips 8FF3FPB frame features full wireless capability, to easily transfer photos to the 8-inch screen by simply dragging and dropping folders.

The Philips crams in high quality technology and a great panel and still manages a palatable sub-£100 price.

The 800x600 normally seen on 10-inch displays leaves photos sharp and clear on this 8-inch LCD screen, and the Philips offers a multitude of effects such as collage displays, and is free of environmentally hazardous substances.

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geniusGenius DPF-151 1.5-inch Desk Digital Photo Frame Clock - £17.99

Photo frames don't have to be large screens for your mantlepiece, and there are plenty of 1.5-inch screens out there for the desk, or when you're away from home.

The Genius features a crisp small screen and is truly portable, featuring a built in clock and alarm which makes it a perfect stocking filler for the frequent traveler.

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KODAK oledKODAK OLED - £599.99

OLED is a technology perfectly suited to still images, so it was only a matter of time before a digital frame came to market.

The screen offers a huge 30,000:1 contract ratio, full wireless capability, a substantial 2GB of internal memory and 180 degree viewing angle.

However, this kind of quality doesn't come cheap, and at £599.99 for a 7.6-inch display, it offers some of the most expensive digital real estate around.