Rotating Vertical pictures

When you take a picture, the camera can record the image orientation — whether you held the camera normally, creating a horizontally oriented image, or turned the camera on its side to shoot a vertically oriented photo. This bit of data is simply added into the picture file. Then when you view the picture, the camera reads the data and rotates the image so that it appears upright in the monitor, as shown on the left in Figure 4-6. The image is also rotated automatically when you view it in the photo software that shipped with your camera.

Figure 4-6: You can display vertically oriented pictures in their upright position (left) or sideways (right).

Official photo lingo uses the term portrait orientation to refer to vertically oriented pictures and landscape orientation to refer to horizontally oriented pictures.

By default, automatic picture rotation is enabled for you. If you want to turn it off, you can do so through the Auto Rotate option on Setup Menu 1, as shown in Figure 4-7. You also can specify that you want the picture to be rotated just on your computer monitor by choosing the second of the two On settings (the one that doesn't sport the little camera icon).

Auto power off File numbering

Auto rotate

Format LCD auto off Screen color

30 sec. Continuous


Enable 1

Auto rotate




Figure 4-7: Go to Setup Menu 1 to disable or adjust automatic image rotation.

If you turn off automatic rotation, you can rotate images during playback by taking these steps:

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