Why does rotating a picture with Windows stop it being viewable on my camera?

KamilKozyra October 29, 2012
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Here’s my situation:

I take my memory card out of the camera and insert into my PC. As viewing images on my PC, I decide to rotate some images clockwise (or counter clockwise). I safely eject my card & insert it back into my camera. When I view those rotated pictures in my camera, I get an error. Why? The non-rotated pictures appear without an error.

Thanks, I’m curious :)

  1. Mchoff
    October 31, 2012 at 8:04 am

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  2. Kamil Ko
    October 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks everybody for explaining :)

  3. susendeep dutta
    October 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

    While you rotate a image,its quality gets lost as the image has to be manipulated to be viewable to human.So,one way to prevent any such thing is to use image viewing software like Irfanview,Picassa etc.

    http://www.raymond.cc/blog/rotating-photos-or-pictures-in-windows-photo-viewer-causes-quality-loss/

  4. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

    What program do you use to rotate them? You might want to check your profile because the output could be in formats not supported by your camera or resolutions not matching your camera model. Or the data might be corrupted when you ejected the card(maybe the editing program hadn't quitted yet)

  5. Patrick Jackson
    October 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    KamilKozyra, it is so simply because after rotating the image, its resolution changes, and your camera may not support it (You might have not seen the warning dialogue box that appears when you click rotate icon).

    Now, you can either try to rotate them back and then try to see them on your camera.

    Hope this helps! :)

  6. ha14
    October 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    are the rotated photos on the memory card or now they are just link and still on windows desktop?

  7. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Most likely when your camera tries to display those images it finds that they will no longer fit properly on the display so it kicks out an error instead. To see if this is truly the case, turn an image 180 degrees (or flip/mirror it) and see if there are problems viewing it in your camera after that operation. If you can view it without an error, my initial hypothesis is probably correct.

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