It was a bit entertaining to watch the digital picture frame market come and go as predicted, but it looks like manufacturers aren't giving up just yet. They know people want to show off those trapped digital memories on their computers somehow and recreating the experience of a traditional frame seems to be their best foot forward. Well, that and including speakers and an iPod dock - yeah, that'll take it to the next level.
This single-speaker stereo system from Panasonic (seen above) comes with a 9-inch HD display, an iPod/iPhone dock (for music, photo, and video playback), and 2GB of internal memory in case you want to load photos in. You also have an additional SD slot if you just want to show photos that way.
We've also complained before that digital frames tend to be power vampires, so luckily this time around, Panasonic has included a light sensor that adjusts screen brightness depending on its surrounding environment. When lights are all off, so goes the monitor. We wish our current monitors were that smart.
What else does are manufacturers packing into digital photo frames these days? Well, the MW-20 boats 15 display patterns for its Lumix Scene Mode (made for iA Intelligent Scene Selector modes on Lumix cameras), a calendar, clock, and, of course, photo mode.
You can grab the Panasonic MW-20 Digital Frame Speaker and Dock later next month for about $250. It's still quite a bit for a digital picture frame, but at least you can do more stuff with it now.