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Old Apr 6, 2004, 5:55 AM   #1
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Default 9" x 13" Prints from 4mp?

Can I get decent 9" x 13" prints from 4mp?

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Old Apr 6, 2004, 9:19 AM   #2
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Yes. I have made great 13x19-inch prints from my Canon G3 (4.0 megapixel) on my i9100.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 9:38 AM   #3
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Thanks!

I am looking at the Z2. Didn't want to spend over
a thousand dollars (for Camera, cards, access, etc...)
and then find out later on (if I want to upgrade my
printer to the i9900) that 4mp wouldn't do for the
larger print size.

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Old Apr 6, 2004, 10:17 AM   #4
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I will tell you that an image that you think is sharp when looking at it on the screen may actualy reveal itself to not be so when you print it at the larger sizes; not because of pixelating but because the camera may have moved ever so slightly when you pressed the shutter. A trick I learned at Nikon School of Photography is when using a point-and-shoot camera is rather than "stab" the shutter with one finger, squeeze the shutter by having your thumb on the bottom of the camera. This creates a counter measure to your pressing the shutter and helps to better stabilize the camera and minimize movement.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:02 PM   #5
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The best 13 X 19 crop you can get from a 4Mp image is around 120PPI. A 5Mp image will give you around 150PPI. I see improvement up to 180PPI, so there is definitely a quality difference between 4 and 5Mp for a 13 X 19 print. 150 PPI is about the threshold where I find I do better with an upsample of the image rather than printing it as it is, so you will probably want to upsample a 4Mp image to print it that large.

The larger the print the further away you tend to view them from, so 4Mp looks OK on a 13 X 19 if your standards arenít too high.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:15 PM   #6
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I have printed some very nice 13 X 19's taken with my 2.6 MP Canon Pro90 with my Epson 1270 on Epson Heavyweight Matte paper. They often lack real "pop" but by tweaking with your photo editor, you can get some very nice results without a huge number of pixels.

I sometimes "rez up" files with Genuine Fractals when I plan to print large pictures.

Photos without a lot of detail usually work better. Don't underestimate the quality of the lens, how good the exposure is and all the other factors that make great pictures.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 7:20 PM   #7
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You might be interested in this program (Qimage): http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

I tried the demo and plan to purchase it. Nifty, in that it's easy to place multiple images and of different sizes on one sheet of paper and has some nice interpolation options.

You might browse around on the site, to give you a better understanding of what it can do.

Great user base & support for this program, too.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 7:43 PM   #8
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Thanks!

I will definately check it out.

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Did you mean 9x13"? Everyone answered like you said 13x19". 9x13", (I've never heard of that size) is definitely fine with 4 MP. I have made a good 8x12" print with a picture taken in 3 MP mode (with a 5 MP camera).
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Old Apr 7, 2004, 5:39 AM   #10
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LOL! I never noticed. Yes, I meant 13" x 19".

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