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Darren S. Thomas

What size pictures would I get with this scanner?

Hi guys. I'm thinking about buyig this scanner to scan my negatives and old pictures. It has the following spec:

4800 x 9600dpi resolution.
48-bit depth.

So my question is what size pictures would I get from this scanner and is it good for the price? Thanks

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12/27/2007 10:28:17 AM

Darren S. Thomas   That's the link to the scanner^^^

The price is 70, thanks.

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12/27/2007 10:32:03 AM

John P. Sandstedt
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  You set the size of the picture that is to result.

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12/28/2007 6:08:32 AM

doug Nelson   Scanner makers are not normally scam artists, but they all pull a fast one on us. That 4800 x 9600 spec is suspect. Use the lower number and ignore the higher.

This scanner can return a scan 4800 pixels wide (or tall). It can do 9600 as an interpolated figure, a two-bit word for making more pixels based on the ones you have. The resulting higher 9600 pixel count probably does not mean a more detailed image.

Normal printing resolution (going into most printers) is 300 pixels per inch. Divide 4800 by 300. You can get a print 16 inches wide (or tall).

Canon may not be one of the highest regarded flatbeds for scanning film, but I have not used it, have not read any negative comment, and it may meet your needs. Check out user forums first. Start with the good people at

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12/29/2007 1:22:29 PM

Darren S. Thomas   I already bought it so it's too late if it's crap lol.

It seems to be ok so far, but I suppose the more I learn about it and use it, the more I will learn about it's limits or whatever.

I don't think I would want to print many pictures more than 16 inches either, but you never know. Anyway thanks for the information.

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12/29/2007 3:18:02 PM

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