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.
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 - When you scan your film at 2000 DPI, it is equivalent to 4.6 Megapixels. Meaning that you can print sharp photos 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 want to have a higher quality image, we suggest selecting a higher scanning resolution.
3000 DPI- When you scan your film at 3000 DPI, it is equivalent to 9 Megapixels. This means 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 make larger printed photographs, publish the images in a professional setting, or you want to have a higher quality image, we suggest selecting 4000 DPI for your scanning project.
4000 DPI- 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.
Because photos are significantly larger than slides & negatives, they do not need to be scanned at such a high-resolution. Photos technically can be scanned at a higher resolution but it will not yield a higher quality picture, just wasted pixels and large files.
We scan our photos at 300 DPI or 600 DPI. If you plan to create larger reprints, you will want to choose the 600 DPI Please note that photos are lower quality than slide or negatives, so you are limited with how large of a print you can create. If you have the original slide or negative, we recommend you scan that instead.
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