How Do I Get 300 dpi from My Nikon Camera?

By Suzette Barnard

Most Nikon digital single-lens reflex cameras can be set to one of three image-quality options for JPG files: normal, fine and basic. This setting tells the camera how much to compress an image file. Also, the image size can be set to large, medium or small. Setting the image quality to fine and the image size to large will produce an image file with the equivalent of 300 dpi (dots per inch). For COOLPIX cameras, the image mode should be set to high to obtain the same result.

Setting the Image Size on a Nikon DSLR

Step 1

Turn on the camera and enter the camera's menu system by pressing the "Menu" button.

Step 2

Use the navigation arrows to select the Shooting menu. The next screen will contain a list of the menu options along the right side: navigate using the up and down arrows and select using the right and left arrows.

Step 3

Change the image quality to fine. Press the center "OK" button to accept the change.

Step 4

Change the image size to L for large. Press the center "OK" button to accept the change.

Setting the Image Size on a Nikon COOLPIX

Step 1

Turn on the camera and enter the camera's menu system by pressing the "Menu" button.

Step 2

Use the navigation arrows to select the Shooting menu, marked with the icon of a camera.

Step 3

Navigate to the Image Mode option and change the setting to high.

Step 4

Press the center "OK" button to accept the change.

Tips & Warnings

  • The larger the file size, the better the print quality and the more it can be enlarged.
  • Larger file sizes means fewer image files can be stored on the camera's memory card.