Resolution Examples

When sending your film in to be scanned, you want to make sure you choose the scanning resolution that meets your needs. It is a huge factor in determining the quality of your scans because the higher resolution you choose, the higher quality of a digital image you will get. Resolution refers to how many dots or pixels create your digital image.

Resolution is a very similar concept as Megapixels and digital cameras.
The higher the megapixels your digital camera shoots at, the higher quality your image will be.



You get to choose from three different scanning resolutions. We offer 2000 dpi, 3000 dpi, and 4000 dpi. (DPI = Dots per Inch. Dots meaning pixels).

2000 DPI

2000 dpi example
When you scan your film at 2000 DPI, it is equivalent to 4.6 Megapixels. This mean that you can get prints from your images up to a size of 5"x7". You can also easily post these digital images online, e-mail to friends, or view them on your TV. This is a medium resolution scan, so if you want to make larger printed photographs, crop out portions of your image, or you just want to have a higher quality image, we suggest selecting a higher scanning resolution.

3000 DPI

3000 dpi example
When you scan your film at 3000 DPI, it is equivalent to 9 Megapixels. This mean that you can get prints of your images up to a size of 11"x14". You can also easily post these digital images online, e-mail to friends, or view them on your TV. This is a high resolution scan, but if you want to to make larger printed photographs, publish the images in a professional setting, or you just want to have a higher quality image, we suggest selecting 4000 DPI for your scanning project.

4000 DPI

4000 dpi example
When you scan your film at 4000 DPI, it is equivalent to 18 Megapixels. It is the highest scanning resolution for transparent film With these digital images, you can crop out portions of your image, create large photograph prints, upload online, use professionally, or use for pretty much any other purpose. We know everyone has a limited budget, but because of the high quality and flexibility of our 4000 DPI scans, we recommend choosing the highest resolution.



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resolution examples


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

Scanned
Bit Rate

2000 dpi

4.6

165

46

1090

321

1740x2660

3.67

14

6

9

24

3000 dpi

9.2

72

21

597

145

2625x3900

6.7

31

9

13

24

4000 dpi

18.5

43

12

240

83

3500x5200

12

54

11

17

24




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

Scanned
Bit Rate

2000 dpi

4.6

110

46

727

321

1740x2660

5.5

14

6

9

24

3000 dpi

9.2

48

21

323

145

2625x3900

12.38

31

9

13

24

4000 dpi

18.5

27

12

181

83

3500x5200

22

54

11

17

24




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

Scanned
Bit Rate

300 dpi

2.2

350

100

3000

650

1200x1800

1.5

7

4

6

24

600 dpi

8.8

88

25

750

162

2400x3600

6

28

8

12

24




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

Scanned
Bit Rate

1000 dpi

5

170

48

1072

312

2250x2250

4

14

7.5

7.5

24

2000 dpi

20

43

12

268

78

4500x4500

16

55

15

15

24

3000 dpi

46

17

4

150

32

6750x6750

37

124

22.5

22.5

24

4000 dpi

80

10

2

85

18

9000x9000

64

220

30

30

24




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

Scanned
Bit Rate

1000 dpi

20

63

14

390

86

4000x5000

11

50

13

17

24

2000 dpi

80

17

3

107

21

8000x10000

40

200

27

33

24

3000 dpi

180

8

1

95

9

12000x15000

85

450

40

50

24

4000 dpi

320

4

0

28

5

16000x20000

150

800

53

66

24