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Old Sep 11, 2005, 4:18 PM   #1
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I was talking with a co-worker one day about digital cameras, and I was complaining that cameras should be able to detect their orientation (portrait or landscape) and then rotate the picture accordingly when it is saved. This would save me from having to go through each image that I import and perform a rotation manually. The co-worker said that some cameras have this feature already, but since then, I've been unable to find any cameras that claim to have such a feature. I was hoping someone here might know: Are there cameras that have a mercury switch or something that allows them to perform automatic rotation? Thanks,

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Old Sep 11, 2005, 4:38 PM   #2
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Canon 20D certainly does.
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Old Sep 11, 2005, 5:12 PM   #3
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I checked Canon's website, but their page on the 20D doesn't seem to mention anything about this feature. How do I know whether a camera I'm looking at has it? Is there a specific name for it?
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Old Sep 11, 2005, 7:48 PM   #4
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The Canon 20D is called 'Auto Image Rotation' and it's on page 101 of the manual.
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Old Sep 11, 2005, 10:28 PM   #5
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canon S1 IS does this
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All of the cameras that I know about (I use a drebel) will turn the picture for viewing in the camera but when you load it into a computer program for viewing it will still have its original orientation.
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 6:56 AM   #7
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All of the cameras that I know about (I use a drebel) will turn the picture for viewing in the camera but when you load it into a computer program for viewing it will still have its original orientation.

Actually my Canon 350d auto rotates when you view on the camera and also carries this though (presumably through the EXIF data) to Photoshop CS2 so when viewed there it's still auto rotated
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 7:16 AM   #8
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Only cameras that have an orientation sensor are able to accomplish this, and most cameras do not have it... yet.

Actually, the image is not rotated when the camera saves the image, but rather an orientation flag is set in the image file which is then read by the image viewer to effect the image rotation.

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Old Sep 26, 2005, 3:44 AM   #9
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I believe I found another one: the Panasonic DMC-LX1. The technical specs include a feature called "Auto Angle Rotation". This is a mid-range compact, too, not an expensive SLR like the others. And wouldn't you know, I was thinking about buying this camera anyway!
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Another one is the Kodak DX7440.
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