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Find the optimum size for your artwork using our print-size guide

Find the optimum size for your artwork using our print-size guide.


Step 1: Find out how many megapixels your camera produces

The following size guide is based on camera sensor sizes in megapixels.

This table shows popular phones, bridge cameras and digital SLRs you can reference, but it’s best to find your own camera’s sensor size in megapixels.

Once you know how many megapixels your camera produces, move to Step 2.

Camera ModelMegapixels
iPhone 45
iPhone 4s, 5, 5s8
iPhone 6, 6 Plus8
iPhone 6se, 6 Plus, 6s Plus12
Samsung Galaxy S616
Fujifilm X7016.3
Sony RX10020
Leica Q24.2
Canon Powershot G520
Canon 5D Mark III22
Nikon D80036.3

Step 2: Find the optimum size for your artwork using our guide

The below print size guide will help you achieve the best results for your prints.

Follow the first column down until you find the megapixel value for your camera (or the nearest) and use the colour key as a guide to indicate the quality of your print at the various print sizes.

Note: this guide is only an approximation of quality at a given print dimension. Remember that quality is a subjective entity and we recommend producing a test strip when enlarging your artwork, or if you are unsure of the quality of the digital file.


What factors contribute to the quality of a digital image file?

There are many factors contributing to the quality of digital image files that determine how large you can print your artwork.

The three main factors are the camera sensor size defined in megapixels, the quality of the lens and the subject matter of the photograph. For example, an abstract image would be more easily enlarged compared to an image that was slightly out of focus.


Producing a test strip to preview the quality of a print

At theprintspace we recommend producing a test strip at the largest possible size you may require to assess the print quality.

This also gives you a chance to check colour, sharpness and the impact of enlargement made to the file. Remember, large prints will have a bigger viewing distance to take into consideration.


Still unsure about the best size to print your files?

Get in touch with our team.


Updated on 25 November 2020

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