I am considering a D800 purchase but I have never printed anything beyond 11x13 with my D300. I currently have a broken epson photo stylus 1400 and epson workforce 520. I may print some images 13x19 or larger. The significant increase in resolution of the D800 makes me wonder what sort of printer might be needed to accomodate 36MP. I do not have a good understanding of printer capabilities, editing software(currently PS elements 7) and image file sizes. Any answers, threads or books that could help me make sense of this is most appreciated.
#1. "RE: Printer resolution and d800" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 28-Feb-12 12:40 AM
That depends. Usually the reason for more megapixels is to make larger prints. With a 12mp camera, native is about 9x14"; anything less means you're throwing pixels away to make it fit on the paper at the standard 300 dpi. With the 36mp D800, you're up to about 13x19 at native size, meaning that Epson 3000's can absorb the entire native output. Of course, one need not print at native resolution. There are many methods for printing larger than that, and it can easily be demonstrated that a 12mp file is sufficient to produce a very, very nice 24x36 and likely larger than that. (I've never gone larger, since my printer is only 24".) One presumes sight unseen that a 36mp file is capable of being printed at least 25-30% bigger than 12mp. (It's not as if there aren't 36mp files or bigger - I have film scans that are 190-200 megapixels, and surely other folks have even larger ones.)
Note that the price of printers seems to go up more than linearly. The R3000 is about $800, the 4900 is about $2000, and the 7900 is about $4000, and the 9900 is about $6000, for 13", 17", 24" and 44" capability. (Canon and HP are similar.) For most of us, it's probably a (much) better idea to send the few really large prints out to commercial printers.
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#3. "RE: Printer resolution and d800" | In response to Reply # 1MelT Registered since 06th Jul 2002Wed 29-Feb-12 10:20 PM
>36mp D800, you're up to about 13x19 at native size, meaning
>that Epson 3000's can absorb the entire native output.
Actually the native size of the D800 36MP file at 300 PPI is 16.4ish x 24.5ish (quite a bit bigger than 13x19) so you would have to downsize to fit on a 13x19 sheet of paper.
#4. "RE: Printer resolution and d800" | In response to Reply # 3k photon Registered since 24th Nov 2002Tue 06-Mar-12 02:52 PM
I don't agree with the 'native resolution' logic that is so commonly referred to these days.
Photoshop is/has been excellent in sending data to the printer driver at any reduced ppi, and the dpi is up to the printer driver anyway.
That said, any potential differences between prints from the D300 to D800 will likely depend on all the variables:
Raw development method,
and so on.
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#2. "RE: Printer resolution and d800" | In response to Reply # 0
In my opinion you won't see any improvements in your prints from a D800 simply due to the increased image resolution unless you are printing in the 20x30 and 40x60 sizes and beyond. You might see an improvement over your D300 due to the better sensor and improved processing engine. Of course noise levels will be better especially at the higher ISO settings.
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#5. "RE: Printer resolution and d800" | In response to Reply # 2bmunson Registered since 04th Apr 2007Tue 06-Mar-12 09:04 PM | edited Tue 06-Mar-12 09:05 PM by bmunson
Is there any noise data out on the D800? Last I heard was wait and see.
All things being equal, the sensor on the D800 vs the D700 has about 1.73 times as many pixels on an axis. So if you get good results printing say 13x19 (which I can do with my D700/D300 easily), theoretically you will get the same print quality at 22.5x33.
The thing to consider with a printer besides initial cost is ink cost and how much you will print. The larger printers have higher capacity carts and the cost per mL goes down, so if you print a lot, it could make a big difference, ignoring waste. Then there is that whole switching black ink from glossy to flat, the newer and larger printers may waste less ink. The vivid magenta on my 2 year old 2880 just will not print and I am going through the cost analysis on a new printer. Its always a bit of a quandary as to what the best bang for the buck is.
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