Quality of digital photographs

  23790954 21:04 19 Oct 2005

Being an elderly retired person who very much enjoys his computer, I have just invested in a very good quality digital camera.
My printer is a Canon i865, which I bought new, over a year ago, and with which I have been very happy.
Can anyone tell me whether or not photographs printed via computer and printer, from digital cameras fade in time, and if so after about how long.
I do not want to print any photos I value, then delete them, if they are likely to fade.
Many thanks for any information given.

  woodchip 21:09 19 Oct 2005

If you value photos then get a External USB Hard Drive and save them on that. And if anybody want's a photo you can print them one

  Snec 21:12 19 Oct 2005

woodchip's advice is todays Top Choice.

Honestly, that really is the only way to deal with it.

23790954 - yes, they will fade.

  Jackcoms 21:13 19 Oct 2005

Any photograph, produced from whatever source, will fade over time.

However, you can always store copies of those photos on CD or some other external backup medium so that they will be there for a very long time.

In fact, if you are an "elderly retired person" the stored photos will probably outlive you. ;-)

  woodchip 21:15 19 Oct 2005

And it was from a 69 year old OAP. who uses Digi camera and Digi Vidio

  woodchip 21:17 19 Oct 2005

Silly me Video

  Rayspan 00:22 20 Oct 2005

Just for interest - Epson claim twenty years before pics fade. Pics, that is, printed with a Stylus PHOTO printer, on Epson top quality paper kept under glass, out of direct sunlight et.c et.c and, of course, printed with Epson's own ink.
I have about twenty 10 x 8 family portraits in glass fronted frames printed on a 1290 Epson Stylus P. They've been on my wall for about 4 years, and they don't seem to have faded at all.

I'm 68 - hope they'll see me out!

  anchor 09:26 20 Oct 2005

That sums it up. ALL colour photo prints will fade in time, including those from a normal film camera, especially if exposed to strong light.

Store your original digital pictures safely, and then, if necessary, you can re-print them in later years.

  Pidder 10:49 20 Oct 2005

Just to add my thoughts, I would think that prints done in a photo processing establishment by a proper photographic process, not an ink-jet printer, would last somewhat longer, especially stored in an album. Our local Asda processing lab uses Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper which I take to be long lasting. Anyone have different views? Just to add, doubts have been expressed about the longevity of records on CDs.

  Stuartli 12:22 20 Oct 2005

Imation claims that certain of its DVD rewritable products (rebranded Taiyo Muden media) will last for at least 100 years - don't know how they are so sure though.

Certainly CD-R disks (not the industry standard CD-ROM types) do need more care in handling and storage to ensure the longest possible life span. But I expect it will be quite considerable.

  pauldonovan 13:27 20 Oct 2005

..it is from a while ago now but I suspect quite a bit still holds true.

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