View Full Version : What size image do you like to receive?

11-04-2003, 10:43 PM
I've never really come to grips with optimum image size for emailing, for reasonable resolution and size for emailing, especially with dial-up connections. I'm happy for 1024x768 pixels with reasonable KB. What size image and file size would you recommend, especially when emailing to someone you don't know?

11-04-2003, 10:58 PM
I always try to keep the image under 100 kB (usually aim for around 40-50 kB in size.

If I know that they are only likely to be running 800x600 res, I send in 640x480. If I don't know, I still send in 640x480.

As they are usually only viewing on-screen for images I send, there is no need to annoy them by making them wait minutes for the download on dial-up.

11-04-2003, 11:24 PM
If you have some web space (eg ISP) then you can send a link to the image, which is my preference.

Most of the images I get thru e-mail aren't worth the download. And the rest I get I usually want then at a high resolution.

12-04-2003, 01:02 AM
depends on the recipients connection.. if they are on dsl then sure, go the full hog 1600x1200..

it also depends on what you are trying to convey.. if you are showing a screenshot of your desktop, or an error dialog, or even a screenshot of text, then you should do it in full res (perhaps crop it to show *just* what you need to show)... however if its just a photo of something then you should really knock it right back to 640x480.

generally, under 100k is a good range to aim for.

12-04-2003, 01:25 AM
> depends on the recipients connection.. if they are on dsl then sure, go the >full hog 1600x1200..

..... and chew through their traffic for the month :p.

I always prefer a link to a website myself. There is also a slighly reduced risk of viruses that way as well. Also makes email faster to check.

12-04-2003, 11:02 AM
hehe you'd be surprised how fast a half-meg image flies through a pop/imap email system ;) anyway, if youre using pop email, its all national bandwidth, so it doesnt really matter ;)