Printing Tips: How Much Pixels Do You Need

This table shows different image sizes in pixels and megapixles, and the size of printouts at 200dpi (adequate quality) and 300dpi (high quality). You can use it to help you decide what digital camera to buy, how big to print your photos and the best scanner settings to use. If you want really big enlargements, you’re likely to be better off using a good 35mm film camera and a special film scanner, or transparancy adaptor if your scanner has one

Image Size in Pixels (approx)
Image size in Megapixels
Size when printed at 200 dpi
Size when printed at 300dpi
640×480
0,3
3×2"
2×1.5
1,152×864
1.0
6×4"
4×3"
1,600×1,200
1.9
8×6"
5×4"
2,048×1,536
3.1
10×8"
7×5"
2,272×1,712
3.9
11×9"
8×6"
2,800×2,100
5.9
14×10"
9×7"
3,780×2,430
9.0
19×12"
13×8"
5,600×3,600
20
28×18"
19×12"

Written by Paul

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