Resolution Options

Resolution is one of the biggest factors determining the quality of your digital images. Resolution means how much "information" or dots/pixels are in your digital image. The more dots/pixels, the sharper your image will be and the higher quality digital image you will get.


It's the same concept as Megapixels and digital cameras. The higher the Megapixels, the higher quality your image will be.


We offer three resolutions to choose from, 2000 dpi, 3000 dpi, 4000 dpi.

DPI = Dots Per Inch. -- Dots meaning pixels.

 

2000 DPI - A 2000 DPI scan is equivalent to 4.6 Megapixels. This is a medium resolution scan that we recommend for customers who only want to create printed photographs of up to 5"x7", post online, e-mail to friends or view on their TV. If you want to make larger printed photographs, crop out portions of the image, or have a higher quality image, we would recommend a higher resolution.

3000 DPI- A 3000 DPI scan is equivalent to 9 Megapixels. This is a high resolution scan that we recommend for customers who want to create larger photograph prints up to 11"x14", post online, e-mail to friends or view on their TV. If you plan to make larger printed photographs, use in a professional capacity such as publishing, or want a higher quality image, we would recommend the 4000 DPI.

4000 DPI- A 4000 DPI scan is equivalent to 18 Megapixels. It is the highest scan resolution scan for transparent film. This will allow you to crop out portions of your image, create large photograph prints, upload online, use professionally, pretty much whatever you want. If it fits within your budget we always recommend going with the highest resolution, because you are capturing more data, which means you are getting a higher quality image.

Here is a quick visual between 2000 dpi, 3000 dpi, & 4000 dpi when you really zoom into the picture.

 

Examples of Resoltuion, 2000 dpi, 3000 dpi, 4000 dpi High quality scan examples

 

Here is what the entire image looked like.

Examples of Resoltuion, 2000 dpi, 3000 dpi, 4000 dpi High quality scan examples

 

Which Scanning Resolution is Right for You?




Resolution Chart -- Based on 35mm Slides

Scanning Resolution

Megapixel

Images per CD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per CD
TIFF

Images per
Data DVD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per
Data DVD
TIFF

Image size in pixels

JPEG image size in MB (estimate)

TIFF image size in MB

Print size in inches Short side at 300 dpi

Print size in inches Long side at 300 dpi

2000 dpi

4.6

165

46

1090

321

1740x2660

3.67

14

6

9

3000 dpi

9.2

72

21

597

145

2625x3900

6.7

31

9

13

4000 dpi

18.5

43

12

240

83

3500x5200

12

54

11

17




Resolution Chart -- Based on 35mm Negative Film

Scanning Resolution

Megapixel

Images per CD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per CD
TIFF

Images per
Data DVD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per
Data DVD
TIFF

Image size in pixels

JPEG image size in MB (estimate)

TIFF image size in MB

Print size in inches Short side at 300 dpi

Print size in inches Long side at 300 dpi

2000 dpi

4.6

110

46

727

321

1740x2660

5.5

14

6

9

3000 dpi

9.2

48

21

323

145

2625x3900

12.38

31

9

13

4000 dpi

18.5

27

12

181

83

3500x5200

22

54

11

17




Resolution Chart -- Based on 4x6 Photographs

Scanning Resolution

Megapixel

Images per CD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per CD
TIFF

Images per
Data DVD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per
Data DVD
TIFF

Image size in pixels

JPEG image size in MB (estimate)

TIFF image size in MB

Print size in inches Short side at 300 dpi

Print size in inches Long side at 300 dpi

300 dpi

2.2

350

100

3000

650

1200x1800

1.5

7

4

6

600 dpi

8.8

88

25

750

162

2400x3600

6

28

8

12




Resolution Chart -- Based on 2.25" x 2.25" Medium Format Film

Scanning Resolution

Megapixel

Images per CD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per CD
TIFF

Images per
Data DVD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per
Data DVD
TIFF

Image size in pixels

JPEG image size in MB (estimate)

TIFF image size in MB

Print size in inches Short side at 300 dpi

Print size in inches Long side at 300 dpi

1000 dpi

5

170

48

1072

312

2250x2250

4

14

7.5

7.5

2000 dpi

20

43

12

268

78

4500x4500

16

55

15

15

3000 dpi

46

17

4

150

32

6750x6750

37

124

22.5

22.5

4000 dpi

80

10

2

85

18

9000x9000

64

220

30

30




Resolution Chart -- Based on 4" x 5" Large Format Film

Scanning Resolution

Megapixel

Images per CD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per CD
TIFF

Images per
Data DVD
JPEG
(estimate)

Images per
Data DVD
TIFF

Image size in pixels

JPEG image size in MB (estimate)

TIFF image size in MB

Print size in inches Short side at 300 dpi

Print size in inches Long side at 300 dpi

1000 dpi

20

63

14

390

86

4000x5000

11

50

13

17

2000 dpi

80

17

3

107

21

8000x10000

40

200

27

33

3000 dpi

180

8

1

95

9

12000x15000

85

450

40

50

4000 dpi

320

4

0

28

5

16000x20000

150

800

53

66