print size for digital

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  1. JohnMF

    JohnMF TPF Noob!

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    What is the biggest size you can print an 8.2 megapixel at without it losing quality?

    thanks
     
  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    That depends on the opinion of the photog or viewer. I like to stick to 300 dpi, which means somewhere around 8"x12". That's as large as I like go with 35mm too. I'm picky.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There are lots of other factors that contribute to the quality of enlarged photographs. Try searching the forums, this has been discussed a few times before.
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    You lose quality as soon as you print it :p It will never look as good as it does on screen. I've printed 6.3mp photos at 20"x30" and I find them acceptable from a short distance.
     
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    300PPI is the normal guide - i have seen pictures on walls printed as low as 180PPI

    so take the pixels in the photo and divide by the PPI
    so if the pixels are
    3000 x 300 @ 300PPI that will print {3000/300 by 300/300} 10" x 1"
    3000 x 300 @ 30PPI that will print {3000/30 by 300/30} 100" x 10"
    however, 30 pixels per inch will look awful - like the dots on a newspaper print - more dots better the picture

    hope that helps
     
  6. JohnMF

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    thanks for the help
     
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    Luckily the bigger it the farther back people can stand from it which givers you a little leeway in the DPI. Look around and you'll find some answers.
     
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    Just thought I'd add that I've printed upto 16x20 with my D70 (6 megapixel) and they've turned out fantastic. Even at a very close distance.
     
  9. Artemis

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    Well, 6.3 megapixels on my Canon 300D is said to be able to print A3 (same size as what Jp_w put?) so...bigger than A3....A2? id say about A2.
     
  10. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I’ve also have had 6mp jpg images printed up to 20x30 inch by on-line services with very nice results. Mostly have used kodakgallery.com (Ofotos) in the pass. Just placed an order for a 20x30 with Mpix.com for the first time today. Expect it to be fine.


    It’s all has to do with the software that the printer uses to print.
     
  11. Ravenscroft

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    the manual for my fujifilm S5100 (4.0 megapixel) says I can print up to 8x10 with little to no loss of quality when using the best quality of jpeg format that the camera has. i imagine that with raw format i could go higher. but i have yet to test the theory so take it at face value.
     
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    A3 or A2 would be great.

    I suppose i'll just have to get a few done to see.

    thanks people
     

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