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Old June 23rd, 2004, 10:03 AM
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printing digital images

What is the largest size(quality) print that can be made from a 6.3megapixel image?
Also, can anyone recommend a good printer for photo printing? Is there a huge quality difference from home printing vs lab printing?
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Old June 23rd, 2004, 10:56 AM
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6.3MP = 3027 x 2048 pixel images. From that you print up a nice 8x10 probably.

As for home vs. lab printing, I would go for a lab anyday if I wanted the photographs to actually look like photographs... but it's personal preference... You've got to decide if you care if your pictures are not on photo paper or not... I've got an Epson R300 that prints up photos quite nicely, but I still taken digital prints to the lab to get done up if I want a "hard copy" of a photograph.
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Old June 23rd, 2004, 01:09 PM
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We were thinking about getting that minolta 2300W laser printer for some work stuff, do you reckon that would print on photo paper any good?
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Old June 23rd, 2004, 01:10 PM
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Old June 23rd, 2004, 01:14 PM
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actually regarding the print size, you can go upto 150 dpi for larger picture, the reason is this,

If the picture is large, you will be looking at it from a distance and from a distance even 150 dpi will appear good. but yes of course if you were to examine the picture closely you would find a difference between 150 dpi and 300 dpi(provided the printer was sophisticated enough to resolve)
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Yeah, true enough Punit. Though as a general rule, I wouldn't print anything people could have the opportunity to look at up close @ less than 300 dpi..., but like you said, if it's that big, you can sometimes get away with 150dpi.
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I think it depends on the image. If there are not a lot of bold diagonals or curves, you can get away with 150-200 dpi. It's usually curved or diagonal lines that pixelate and start looking bad first.

It was only about a year or so ago that 200dpi was the standard for photo quality. There was an article early last year in Popular Photography about this, and they mentioned that the standard was just starting to move toward 300 dpi. Their chart for image quality was based on 200, tho.
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For what it's worth, the fuji frontier mini-lab used by many digital photo labs is 300 dpi. So if you are doing a print on one of these machines and want to take advantage of the print resolution, then you would want to stick to a 6x8 size. You would be just short of the dots needed for an 8x10.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 04:05 PM
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Is the 6.3 mp image you talking about from a dslr or digital p&s? If its from a dslr you can enlarge it with interpolation software *like in photoshop* and print it larger than you can straight out from the camera. You can enlarge dslr images larger than digital p&s cameras and keep the clarity of it good.
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