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Scanner Resolution

Thu Jan 09, 2003 4:12 pm


I'm a beginner photographer and I'm looking to get a scanner for my photos. I was thinking of a Epson Perfection 1660 or basically anything I can get for under $200 (the less $$$ the better). In this $$$ range, there is a HUGE variety of different quality scanners, and I'm curious as to what kind of difference a scanner that scans at 600x1200 dpi as opposed to 1200x2400 dpi will make. This is not necessarily for, but if I ever did want to upload some of my photos, what scan resolutions do you commonly use? What is the minimum acceptable? Thanks for all info.

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RE: Scanner Resolution

Fri Jan 10, 2003 3:00 am

Hello there, Sky dude.
Myself I have a Canon flatbed scanner, N1220U, which nowadays gives next
to impossible outputs to ever have a chance to be accepted on so
I am seriously considering buying a film scanner. But that is really a hard
question. Should I pay lots of money for a film scanner since I'm anyway
switching to digital photograpy in maybe a year. Hmm.
Anyway. If you want to make jpg's for display on a computer screen I
don't think you need any big resolution at all. When I scan a photo which
I want to be 1024 by 698 pixels I set the resolution on my 2400 dpi scanner
to 180 dpi. If I set it any higher I have to scroll to see the whole jpg.
In other words, I think you need a high resolution only if you are going to
make printouts of your scannings.
Anybody out there, correct me if I'm wrong (I'm no expert on the subject).
Good luck Skyguy11.
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RE: Scanner Resolution

Fri Jan 10, 2003 3:01 am

Ed -

Will you be scanning prints?

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RE: Scanner Resolution

Fri Jan 10, 2003 7:50 am

Yes, I'll be scanning prints and preferably film as well (if I decide to buy a film scanner - that Epson one does both and goes for $180 or so).

'When I scan a photo which I want to be 1024 by 698 pixels I set the resolution on my 2400 dpi scanner to 180 dpi.'

OK, now I am really confused.... Why would anyone buy a bajillion dpi scanner when all you need for a 1024 x 698 screen is 180 dpi?!

I do not have a photo printer nor do I plan on buying one. I use 35mm film and I figure if I have a nice shot I can get it enlarged at the shop, not on my printer. All I really want to do with it is to scan my shots with the best quality I can afford (under $200), play with the pretty colors, and upload the them to a website or two. Thanks again.

P.S. I did do a search prior to posting however nothing on this particular topic came up....

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RE: Scanner Resolution

Fri Jan 10, 2003 7:58 am

If you scan 35mm negatives or slides you will need about 1000 dpi to get a 1024 pixel wide scan. With prints, it's a whole different story.

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RE: Scanner Resolution

Sat Jan 11, 2003 12:34 pm

Well; I didn't get any more replies (  Sad ) and I am more of a 'just do it' type learner so I just got myself the cheapest scanner I could find (Microtek ScanMaker 3800 -- only $40!). For those of you who are wondering the answer to my own question, here it is:

Basically the only reason you'd want to go beyond 300dpi in your scan is for printing photos (like what Janne said), in which case an expensive scanner is an asset for better quality. If you are just planning on web use then an inexpensive scanner will more than suffice; read a few reviews and get the best rated you can find for the cheapest you want. Just make sure you have decent photo editing software. Now if you want to upload to, I really have no clue what kind of requirements you'd need in a scanner, but I'd bet that if I got a good shot and scanned it (and did a bit of finishing touches), it would get accepted regardless of my 'bottom of the line' scanner.

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