Let’s Talk Resolution

Customers frequently ask which photo scanning resolution is best for their memories? This page answers that question!

For slides and negatives, the answer is: As high as we can get it.  Those slides and negatives are really small!  While we guarantee 4,000 dpi (dots-per-inch), the truth is we are usually above 5,000 dpi when we process slides and negatives.  This results in images that you can blow up to larger size without blurriness or pixelation.  (Of course, if the original slide was blurry to begin with, there isn’t much we can do about that.)

For videos, you will get the same level of resolution that is on the tape, no more and no less.  We can’t quantify it because the resolution will vary greatly with the different tape formats.  High quality tapes will result in high quality DVDs and MP4 files.  Send in your tapes before they deteriorate any more!

For photos and scrapbooks, there are two choices, each with their own rules of thumb:

600 dpi (High Resolution)

  • Generally used for pictures before 1980
  • Must be used on photos smaller than 3×5
  • Usually used on larger, portrait images like 8×10
  • Must be used if customer will reprint, enlarge, or project the images
  • Generally used on scrapbook pages with small print or lots of fine detail

300 dpi (Regular Resolution)

  • Generally used for pictures after 1980
  • Generally used for 3×5 and 4×6 photos from the 80’s and 90’s
  • Generally used for displays on computer screens, phone screens, and tablet screens
  • Generally used on scrapbook pages without small print
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Would you like to discuss all the photo scanning resolution options and possibilities for your memories? Give us a call at 678-579-2249!

We digitize all your memories right here at our facility in metro Atlanta, processed by US citizens.

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