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Is there a general formula for image size vs. print size?

What size images do I need for common print sizes, such as wallet size, 8x10, and 16x20? Is there a general formula? How could that size change if, for example, a 16x20 was printed on canvas rather ...
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Is there any practical difference between saving at 300ppi or 72ppi?

I often see statements in discussions about web displayed image quality that go something like this: "I only upload pictures at 72 dpi and 1200 pixels on the long edge, so if someone copies and prints ...
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Is it possible to scale up an image to increase the the pixel density?

I have taken a picture whose resolution is less. I can resize the image easily (i.e I can scale to higher resolution) but the image quality goes for a toss, which is true because the image might not ...
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How can I upscale a low-res image to make it appear higher-res?

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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Does it give higher quality to shoot in low-res mode in-camera, or to downsize high-res photos later?

Suppose you want to store your photos at some lower resolution, let's say about ~1 MB large. You own a camera able to make photos at 5 MPix and more. And, you want to have the maximum quality at the ...
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Why are effective pixels greater than the actual resolution?

This page compares Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS 500D cameras and mentions 18.7 million effective pixels for 550D. However the best resolution possible using this camera is 5184 * 3456 = 17915904 ~...
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How does taking lower-resolution pictures with a higher-resolution sensor affect image quality?

Does taking a picture with 8 megapixel resolution with my Canon IXUS with a 1/2.3" sensor and 12M max resolution provides the same or worse image quality (particular, noise) as if the picture was ...
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What is a suitable image resolution for canvas prints?

I would like to create a 60 inch x 20 inch canvas print using an image with a resolution of 4759x1798 (240 pixels per inch) and I would like to know if the image quality will still be good at that ...
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What is meant by pixels and DPI for photo submissions?

I am submitting a photo for an exhibit. They require a jpeg to be evaluated and then a print, if accepted. The rules indicate "Entries must be in JPEG format sized at 300 dpi on a CD (4” width of ...
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What megapixel value is equivalent to which ISO film?

Is there some kind of equivalency table or formula that expresses what kind of pixels you need in a digital camera to have roughly the same quality as a particular ISO graded film? What other ...
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What is the difference between image size and image quality?

I have a Casio EX-S12. It has a setting for image size, but also a separate setting for what it calls "image quality". There are three image quality values: "Fine", "Normal", and "Economy". The Casio ...
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Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels?

Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels? Somebody told me so today, and I find it surprising.
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Is the camera sensor or the lens the limit to resolution?

I have a pretty high res sensor on my camera, but sometimes I have the feeling my lens doesn't even get to this resolution. How can I tell if my camera sensor has not enough resolution or if the lens ...
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Why don't digital cameras shoot video at full sensor resolution, or do continuous drive at video framerates?

Why do high resolution cameras shoot stills at high resolutions, but only typically shoot video at 1080p which is about 2 megapixels? For example I have a Sony-NEX 6 which can shoot stills at 16 ...
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What is the Nyquist Limit and what is its significance to photographers?

The Nyquist Limit is frequently mentioned in the context of lens and sensor resolution. What is it and what is its significance to photographers? Here is an example of it being used by DPReview.com ...
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Is there a photoshop plugin or any other piece of software that can do super resolution?

I want to combine multiple photographs of the same landscape to increase the resolution of the final image. More details on the method here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-resolution What ...
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CSI image resolution enhance: How real is it?

So I watched the following 1 minute long Youtube clip from CSI New York. In the clip, using what seems to be the recording from a standard bank camera, they zoom in at least 100, and see the image ...
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What resolution would be needed for a billboard advertisement?

Does anyone know the required resolution for a photograph to be used on a billboard? Would the Canon 7D be able to provide a large enough file size to meet the requirements?
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How to estimate camera sensor size?

I am using a smartphone for capturing photos and I need to estimate the camera sensor size (mm*mm). I have the resolution (in pixels) and the focal length (in pixels). I can also measure the size of ...
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How do I choose which resolution (megapixel) and compression (normal, fine, superfine) to shoot in?

What do I lose if I do not shoot at maximum res? or the "superfine" setting? What are the disadvantages? I would like to learn how digital cameras save in lower resolutions jpegs. Is the extra card-...
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How to reduce file size without losing quality or resolution?

I have 2,300+ pictures that I want to transfer to my phone but on their original size they take up a lot of space (6.44gb) I would like to trim is down to without sacrificing quality or resolution. I ...
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Can film be considered to have infinite resolution as opposed to digital sensors? [duplicate]

Camera sensors have an specific number of cells,and their resolution depends on this amount of cells. But film does not have this "units" of sensible material; So, does the size of the particles of ...
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What are my options for an FX wide-angle prime to suit the D800's successor? [closed]

I have a D700 which I'm not planning to replace at this point in Nikon's product cycle. I'll porbably buy the D800's successor. Not because I don't like the D800 (especially its usability ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of sRAW or mRAW files compared to fullsize RAW?

Are there any non-obvious advantages/disadvantages of setting my 7D to use small or medium RAW instead of large? I seldom print pictures, and the way I take photos the sensor is almost never the ...
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Does reducing JPG resolution decrease, increase, or have no effect on image quality?

I'm getting ready to download a bunch of images from microstock photo agency Dreamstime. I'll eventually want most of the images in the 400x300 pixel range for my website when I'm done working with ...
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Resize and sharpen or sharpen and then resize?

Is there a logical reason why one is preferred over the other or it does not make any difference either way? Edit: I meant resize as in downsizing the image.
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Should two identical digital pictures of the same resolution and format have the same size?

I apologize if this is the wrong stack exchange site, but I thought my question might be too specific to photo encoding for stack exchange. I recently recovered a host of digital picture files from a ...
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How does optimizer software reduce file size without reducing resolution?

There are numerous applications for reducing filesize. Most of them reduce resolution (e.g. from 300dpi to 72dpi) or reduce height and width. I tried http://www.imageoptimizer.net/ Surprisingly, when ...
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How do you make the resolution bigger on a Canon Rebel T5i? [duplicate]

All of my pictures come out super blurry if they are anything bigger that 5x7 and I want to fix it. So how do I change the resolution? Is it something I have to do BEFORE I take the pictures or am I ...
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How many “MegaPixels” can the human eye see?

There is obviously a limit to what the human body can process, such as frames per second. My question is how many MegaPixels would it take before the human eye can no longer differentiate it from ...
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Are online photos safe from damage?

The photos on one of my Facebook accounts seem to have lost a significant amount of resolution after they had already been posted. This account has other issues, for example, my timeline review is ...
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Are 2 megapixels enough for HD resolution pictures?

HD pictures has 1920x1080 = 2073600 pixels = 2025 kilopixel = 1.98 megapixel. Does this mean that we can take HD pictures with a 2 MP camera? If not, why not?
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Why does a newer camera get lower score for a specific lens than an older one on dxomark?

I was looking around on DxOMark and found discrepancy in sharpness scores which seems very weird. The lens Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 has a sharpness score of "10 P-Mpix" when mounted on a ...
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How can a high resolution camera matter when the output is low resolution?

The question is inspired by this question showing these pictures. The accepted answer suggests that these pictures were taken by a 8x10 view camera, and the use of a 8x10 camera was confirmed in the ...
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How does sensor size relate to image resolution?

How is it possible that with a particular sized sensor (say APS-C) it is possible to get different sized image cameras (by this I mean a 10 megapixel camera, a 15 megapixel camera etc)? Where does ...
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For MTF, why does 10 represent contrast while 30 represent resolution?

I'm trying to learn to read MTF charts. Everything is making sense to me, except why most explanations of MTF will refer to the 10 l/mm line as a measure of contrast while referring to the 30 l/mm ...
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Why are two pictures that are the same dimensions/dpi such different file sizes?

I am working on a project where two my images must be AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE. I have scaled two images to the same dimensions/dpi and I've checked the color profile in Photoshop CS6 and they both look ...
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Why does the Canon 1D X MK 2 only have 20.2MP

The Canon 1D X MK2 is the new flagship of Canon. So why does this top camera only have a 20.2 MP sensor? I mean its 2016, even mobile phones have a higher resolution. I knew its not all about the ...
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Does the detail in an image affect how large the image file is?

I just took two photos on my smartphone. One of a table surface with nothing on it and another of a cluttered table top full of detail. The clear photo was 3.5 MB and the cluttered one was 5 MB. How ...
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Is it worth investing in a used 35 mm Film camera?

I've a Canon 60D and I'm mainly interested in shooting landscapes. I feel very interested in buying a used canon EOS film camera (since my EF lenses are compatible). I would like to take pictures ...
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Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch monitor?

Title says it all Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch (PPI) monitor or is a bigger monitor better? eg. My current monitor Panel Size: 23.6“ Wide Screen True Resolution: 1920X1080 ...
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Why does viewfinder spec state 3 times more dots than there are pixels?

My DMC-G2 has a viewfinder spec of 1,440,000 dots, but I read a review that says it is really 480,000 pixels: The electronic viewfinder has an extremely high resolution of 1,440,000 dots (480,000 ...
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What is Snapsort's “true resolution” score?

On Snapsort I found this explanation: True resolution Manufacturers advertise high megapixels to sell their cameras, Snapsort calculates the true resolution of each camera based on the ...
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Shooting large tree from a distance: resolution/details issue

Recently I take a shot of a big tree and encountered some issues with the image resolution. Here is the image after postprocessing: To make scale clear (how tall the tree is and how far I stand from ...
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Are cropped images from a full-frame sensor equal quality to full APS-C images despite the lower resolution?

If I put a DX lens on a Nikon D700, it will reduce megapixels to 5.1. I understand that FX pixels are about 2.5 times larger than DX pixels. Would I be correct to assume that, therefore, my FX image ...
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How large an image do I need to print a 32″ by 18″ poster at 300 DPI?

I need to have an image printed as a poster 32″ by 18″ (about 80x45 cm) at 300 DPI, but I am unsure of how big the file must be. Also, what file format is best?
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What is “Resolution” and how is it related to “Printing”?

What do we mean by "Image Resolution", and how is it related to printing on paper? Is resolution related to displaying the image on computer screens too? What is the meaning of "High Resolution"? "...
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How can I get everything out of 120 film?

I've just started shooting 120 film in a 1956 Yashica Mat LM. I am new to film photography, but I know that 120 film is supposed to have resolution equivalent to a 100 megapixel sensor. Most film ...
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LED HD TV as a monitor for post processing purpose [duplicate]

Can I use a 47" 3d led hd tv with my pc to post process my photos? I am not sure how the quality will be on such a big screen photo being of some 4900x3600 approx.
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What is the most honest way to cite pixel count (resolution)?

Canon cites the following features for the EOS-1D X: Total Pixels: 19.3 Megapixels Effective Pixels: 18.1 Megapixels Largest Image: 17.9 Megapixels (5184 x 3456) The discrepancies are explained very ...