Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

PowerShot SX20 IS - What setting for the best resolution of my photos for printing?


I want to photograph a lot of my customer's art. What should I set the image size to to get the best prints?  It's an SX20IS.

Distinctive Custom Picture Framing


The best resolution to use for capturing photos should almost always be the highest resolution of your image capture device, which in your case means a camera.  

I recommend that you shoot RAW for the best results.  However, consumer cameras are terrible when it comes to “scanning” or “digitizing” a printed image.  They simply lack the resolution.

"The right mouse button is your friend."

What is RAW?

Distinctive Custom Picture Framing


I recommend you check out the article at THIS LINK.  Of particular note is the section: What is a RAW file?  The challenge is that printing is not just a matter of shooting an image and sending it off to a printer.  Creating a decent print requires some work on a computer afterwards: Post Processing and this is a somewhat different skill from that of taking the image in the first place.

Much depends on what size prints you are hoping to create - do you have some idea of what that would be?  Is there a particular purpose for printing: family photos, photos for some kind of show, to compete, etc?  

cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

Thank you so very much. What an excellent, well written article. So very easy to understand!

Distinctive Custom Picture Framing
08/18/2023: Canon EOS R5 C training series is released.

07/31/2023: New firmware updates are available.

CR-N700 - Version 1.2.0

CR-N500 - Version 1.3.0

CR-N300 - Version 1.3.0

CR-X300 - Version 1.1.0

06/30/2023: New firmware version is available for EOS-R5 C

05/31/2023: New firmware updates are available.

EOS R6 Mark II - Version 1.1.2

EOS R6 - Version 1.8.2

EOS R7 - Version 1.3.1

05/18/2023: New firmware updates are available.

EOS Rebel T100 - Version 1.1.0

EOS Rebel T7 - Version 1.2.0

EOS 5D Mark IV - Version 1.4.0

EOS 6D Mark II - Version 1.2.0

PowerShot Elph 360HS - Version

PowerShot SX420 IS - Version

PowerShot 620 HS - Version

PowerShot SX720 HS - Version

PowerShot G1X Mark III - Version

PowerShot G7X Mark II - Version

PowerShot G9X Mark II - Version


04/20/2023: New firmware version 1.4.1 is available for EOS R3

03/30/2023: New firmware updates are available.

EOS R5 - Version 1.8.1

EOS 1DX Mark III- Version 1.7.1

Speedlite EL-1 - Version 1.0.2

03/30/2023: Product Advisory for EF50 F1.2 L USM

03/30/2023: Product Advisory for EOS R10

02/24/2023: We've updated Share Your Photos

2/07/2023: New product announcements!

EOS R8 EOS R50RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STMRF24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STMRF15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM
01/09/2023: Help ensure your autofocus is properly aligned with a Canon Precision Alignment
01/03/2023: Welcome to CES 2023!
12/08/2022: New firmware version is available for EOS C70
12/07/2022: New firmware version 1.7.0 is available for EOS R5