i am curious to know how large you can print an image from a 6.3MP camera (Digital Rebel to be exact)....or how large can you blow up the image without much noise or distortion...i know there are many online services that will print photos up to 16x20 inches and i was wondering what the quality would be by a camera that is 6.3MP if you capture it using the highest quality RAW + JPEG
i hope my question is clear---How large can i blow up a picture from a Digital Rebel and it still be clear...thanks
Using a service recommended here by many people, I've had 20x30 and 24x30 prints that looked great from Rebel JPEG's (large). I saved them (using PSE 2.0, Save As, check the box) with the ICC profile per their web site. The only gripe I had was it took about 2 weeks from upload to delivery. The colors looked fabulous, no jagged edges or anything to betray a digital origin. You can search for the original thread for more comments.
I too have some very nice large prints (20x24 and 24x30) from my Digital Rebel, done by an on-line service that uses Genuine Fractals to up-res the images. They're sharp, rich, and detailed, with no pixellation. When you use one of these services, do include a color profile with your image, and ask them if they use simple interpolation to up-res or if they use Genuine Fractals, which gives superior results IMHO. Prints come back on Fuji Crystal archive paper, and will last a long time properly framed and handled. At $30 for a 24x30, it's a steal!
Sure you can make a print as large as you want and folks claim nice results at large sizes like Andy's 20x30. Your personal take on what a quality print should look like will have a lot to do with individual satisfaction level. Also take into account the quality of the capture as well as the subject matter. Some photos don't require razor sharp detail to be appealing and others demand it. I've been documenting a steam locomotive on display at the local train yard with a goal of creating a set of ultimate quality B&W prints. All photos in this series have been taken with quality prime lenses and tripod mounted cameras. For this type of work I don't make the prints from my D2h or 35mm capture any larger than 6x9. My medium format shots get printed at 11x14 for ultimate quality. Sure you can go a lot bigger than that and at longer viewing distances I'm sure they would look Ok. This is a link to one of my locomotive shots from a scanned 645 neg. http://www.photoblink.com/imageview.asp?imageid=129129
You can get great prints using the rebel. I have made some 11x17 prints and they came out looking like they were done in a pro lab. I had a friend print some for me before I got my printer and the quality was wonderful. My buddy worked at Copy max at the time. Not really a pro lab but decent enough for me. I have my camera set on the highest jpeg setting so I am sure that with raw you could get some great enlargements.
How large you can go with a print from a 6 megapixel D-SLR depends on the characteristics of the image. More specifically, a photograph with broad areas of bold color but limited detail (e.g., like Pete Turner's iconic color photo of a plastic trash can on the beach) will tolerate enlargement to huge size and still look great. The smooth, creamy tonality of digital capture perfectly matches this kind of image. However, images dependent on fine detail (like a landscape with distant trees) run into a resolution limit as they are enlarged. Pixelation starts to show up as you enlarge beyond what the sensor can deliver. My experience with the Eos-10D is that you hit this limit around 11x14 inches or a little bigger, depending on the image detail.
I have just accepted an offer to do a one man show. Presently I print my stuff at home on my Epson 2200P. The results at 13x19 are great. However I was asked by the curator and manager of the show if I could possibly do the ones for the show at a little larger scale of 18x24 or 20x30. I have a local lab near by that uses an Epson 9600. They charge $6.00 per sq. ft.
An 18x24 would cost me $18.00. And a 20x30 is $25.00. The nice thing about the local shop is 1) Don't have to try and upload an 18 megabyte file to their site. (have tried this and it bombs out). 2)Also I can sit down at either one of their Mac or Windows based PCs and do it myself. Also they have Genuine Fractals and other programs avaiable to use. 3) And they allow you a test print of the image at no extra charge.
As for how large you can go. As everyone else has said. That depends on the particular image you wish to print.
If you wish I could message you as to how one of these prints came out after I use their service.