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Digital Photo File Formats: JPEG vs. TIFF
Our scanning services provide you with high resolution digital images saved to one of two formats, JPEG format, or TIFF format. Each format has it's unique benefits and is better suited for certain people or situations. There has been much debate about these two formats and some people feel very strongly about one or the other. We don't charge more for one or the other and will not attempt to influence your opinion. Below are some facts about each format that should help you decide which is a better choice for your needs.

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TIFF: TIFF format is the standard for most commercial and professional printing needs. We use the uncompressed TIFF format meaning that no image data is lost after scanning. TIFF is a great choice for archiving images when all detail must be preserved and file size is not a consideration. TIFF files are very large in size compared to JPEGs because no compression is used.


JPEG & TIFF Compared:
The chart below outlines the pros and cons of each format.

Smaller File Size: JPEG uses lossy compresion to reduce file size making use on the Internet or creating backup CDs less hassle.
Large File Size: TIFFfiles are much larger than JPEGs making them harder to upload or email.
Lossy Compresion: Lossy means with data loss. JPEG compression does discard some image data based on the amount of compression used.
No Compression: Our TIFF files do not get compressed. This means 100% of the data captured during scanning is retained.
Supported by most software and photo sharing websites.
Not supported by most photo sharing websites but is supported by most software.
High Quality but not the absolute best.
Absolute best quality!
Not as good a choice for editing: JPEG files use lossy compression. If you plan to edit a photo and then re-save it you will lose some quality each time.
Better if you plan to edit: Because TIFF files don't use compression they do not degrade in quality each time the photo is edited.



How big will my files be?
This depends on the format they are saved to. The charts below list file sizes you can expect from TIFF and JPEG files.

2700 x 1800
2.2 MB - 3.8 MB
14.2 MB
4050 x 2700
4.3 MB - 7.1 MB
32.0 MB
5400 x 3600
6.7 MB - 10.8 MB
56.9 MB

2700 x 1800
2.2 MB - 3.8 MB
14.2 MB
4050 x 2700
4.3 MB - 7.1 MB
32.0 MB
5400 x 3600
6.7 MB - 10.8 MB
56.9 MB

900 x 1500
650 KB - 1 MB
3.9 MB
1200 x 1800
1.1 MB - 1.6 MB
6.3 MB
1500 x 2100
1.6 MB - 2.3 MB
9.2 MB
2400 x 3000
3.2 - 4.5 MB
21.2 MB

1800 x 3000
2.4 MB - 3.5 MB
15.8 MB
2400 x 3600
3.6 MB - 5.2 MB
25.3 MB
3000 x 4200
4.8 MB - 6.9 MB
36.9 MB
4800 x 6000
9.1 MB - 14.3 MB
84.4 MB


Our Recommendations:
If you need the absolute best quality image then TIFF format will serve you well but keep in mind that the files are huge and many programs have trouble with them. If you're sending family photos or are the average computer user we recommend JPEG format because it is easier to work with, more compatible, and is the standard used by most digital cameras. JPEG files can easily be used with today's photo sharing and online backup web sites and don't require an enormous amount of space on your computer. Keep in mind that we use high quality JPEG files with minimal compression. We hope the information above has been helpful to you. If you wish to read more about these file formats we recommend you do a search on www.google.com .

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Digital Image Benefits: This article outlines the many benefits of digital photography.

An Introduction to Digital Photography: This article explains digital images, Resolution, and Megapixels. It provides a brief technical background to digital imaging.

Scan Resolution Help: This article explains scan resolution. It looks at scanning resolution from three perspectives and makes recommendations accordingly.

Photo Scans vs. Slide & Negative Scanning: This article compares photo scans with slide & negative scans. It also outlines the limitations of photo scanning.

JPEG vs. TIFF File Format:
This article briefly discusses these two unique file formats.

CD vs. DVD:
Wondering what a Data DVD is? This page explains Data DVDs and compares them with CD-Rom for storage and backup of digital photos.

Disk Organization:
This page explains how your disks will be organized after scanning.

You may also find our order planning guide helpful.

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