Minimum size and dpi for 8x10 print

Discussion in 'Photography' started by jrblack10, Sep 26, 2007.

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    jrblack10 Guest

    What is the recommended minimum size in pixels (width and height) and
    dpi for an 8x10 print?

    I used to shoot with a Nikon coolpix 880, 3.x MP with an image size of
    (2048 x 15368) and 8x10 prints from that looked just fine,

    I am now shooting with a Nikon D50, 6MP with an image size of 3008 x
    2000. So I am wondering how much I can crop the original and still get
    a good 8x10 print. The main reason for this question is because I am
    shooting a lot of soccer games and my zoom is 70-210 (not powerful
    enough nor fast enough), so ofter I am not close enough on the subject
    as I want to be.

    Thanks for any input.
    jrblack10, Sep 26, 2007
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    Scott W Guest

    You will get a lot of different answers to this question, the best thing
    to do is try it yourself and see what you think.

    Scott W, Sep 26, 2007
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    Richard H. Guest

    Like Scott said, it's subjective. 6MP can produce a good-looking 20x30"
    poster if the image was well lit / low-noise. The more you crop, the
    lower the resulting image quality will be; the more you enlarge, the
    more noticable motion blur will be; some people will notice, others
    won't care.

    As a photographer, you'll probably find that you get more picky about
    the technical quality of the image, while the kids and parents are
    tickled just to have the shot captured.

    FYI, Nikon makes 3 versions of their 70-300 lens, which is a great range
    for sporting events. At $135, it's hard to go wrong by starting with
    the least expensive version ($15 cheaper if you go with a grey market

    Richard H., Sep 26, 2007
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    ray Guest

    1152x864 Really - I've done some excellent 8x10 photos for publicity shots
    at the community theatre.
    It would be much better to get the proper lens.
    ray, Sep 26, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    Again, you do not just look at the number_of_pixel but you have to look at
    the whole image. And I bet you can see it yourself without needing any
    answer from other. Or the whole thing would go like this.

    - Pixel-to-Pixel, if you like 8x10 on 3MP then you should be 3 times happier
    with 8MP. Or you should be able to print 3 times larger and still have a

    - Quality-to-Quality, now this is the whole different story. *If* your
    Nikon D50 and 70-210mm can capture a sharp/clear image, then sure you should
    be able to crop to around1/3 to have similar quality of the 3MP (or even

    *But* if it's a poor blurry image then the whole 8MP image may not even
    equal to 3MP at closer range and better situation. That's one of the
    reasons why many suggest to for GOOD FAST LENS.
    Joel, Sep 26, 2007
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    Completely depends on the image and your standards of quality.

    An image with no or little detail will hold up bettering to low ppi printing
    than one with a great amount of detail.

    An easy way to test without going through a bunch of paper and ink is to
    copy out a small section of the image and print it at various resolutions to
    see where it starts to look bad to your eye. Now, you know the minimum
    resolution for that particular image. Make sure and copy out a region of
    the image that has the most detail in it.
    DBLEXPOSURE, Sep 26, 2007
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Nice try Joel, try 2x happier with 12mp, This assumes just as happy with
    an 8x10 at 3mp as 16x20 with a 12mp.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Sep 27, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    Thanks, and nice try yourself <bg>
    Joel, Sep 27, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Buy a Nikon digital camera with 55-200mm VR lens.
    Frank Arthur, Sep 27, 2007
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    Celcius Guest

    He's using one....
    Celcius, Sep 27, 2007
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