Are iPhone photos good enough quality to print?  The answer might surprise you…

My friends ask me all the time how large they can print their iPhone photos. I even have people asking me if I can print my iPhone landscape shots for them on a canvas. I have to be honest, before I did research for this post I confess I didn’t really know.

Just like you, I mostly use my iPhone photos online. Of course we print 4x6 prints for family at Christmas and stuff but how large can you realistically print the photos before you start losing quality? I’ve created this simple chart for reference.

RECOMMENDED IPHONE PHOTO PRINT SIZES AND RESOLUTIONS

HOW TO USE THE CHART:

The qualities are broken down into 3 types, Good, Better, and Best. For instance if you are shooting an iPhone 7, the largest recommended size you can print for “Better Quality” is at a 21.44” x 14.24“. This means you could print a full resolution iPhone photo at a typical 8″ x 10″ or 11″x 14″ with no problems (and probably larger). See the chart below for more specifics.

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Note: these numbers and recommendations are based on full quality iPhone photos that have not been reduced in size.

If you shoot at a lower quality photo (with a third party app) or edit in a third party app like Instagram it may not be saving the full resolution image and these sizes are not relevant.

App Recommendation:

For taking photos I suggest you shoot with Camera+ (in this app you are able to control aperture, ISO, and shutter speed too) at full resolution or the native Camera App.

For editing I recommend editing in Snapseed or VSCOcam.

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