How to Rotate Pictures on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D - dummies

How to Rotate Pictures on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

The Canon Rebel T5/1200D camera can tag (and then rotate) an image file with the camera orientation: that is, whether you held the camera horizontally or vertically. When you view the picture, the camera can read the data and rotate the image so that it appears upright in the monitor, as shown on the left in figure below, instead of on its side, as shown on the right.

The image is also rotated automatically when you view it in the Canon photo software that ships with your camera (as well as in some other programs that can read the rotation data).


Photographers use the term portrait orientation to refer to vertically oriented pictures and landscape orientation to refer to horizontally oriented pictures. The terms stem from the traditional way that people and places are photographed — portraits, vertically; landscapes, horizontally.

By default, the camera tags the photo with the orientation data and rotates the image automatically both on the camera and on your computer screen. But you have other choices, as follows:

  • Disable or adjust automatic rotation. Select Auto Rotate on Setup Menu 1, as shown on the left in figure below. Then choose from these options:

    • On (Camera and Computer): This option is the default; rotation happens both on the computer and camera.

    • On (Computer Only): Pictures are rotated only on a computer monitor.

    • Off: New pictures aren’t tagged with the orientation data, and existing photos aren’t rotated during playback on the camera, even if they are tagged.


  • Rotate pictures during playback. If you stick with the default Auto Rotate setting, you can rotate pictures during playback via the Quick Control screen. Highlight the Rotate option, and then press the right or left cross keys to select one of the three orientation icons at the bottom of the screen. Press the Q button a second time to exit the Quick Control screen.


    This technique does not work with either of the two other Auto Rotate settings (Off, or computer-rotation only). However, you can still rotate pictures via the Rotate Image option on Playback Menu 1, shown on the right in the figure.


    Choose the menu option and then press Set to display your photos. In Index display mode, use the cross keys to select the image that needs rotating. In full-frame display, just scroll to the photo. Either way, press Set once to rotate the image 90 degrees; press again to rotate 180 additional degrees; press once more to return to 0 degrees, or back where you started.

    Press Menu to return to the menu system or Playback to return to viewing pictures. The photo remains in its rotated orientation only if the Auto Rotate option is set to the default.

These steps apply only to still photos; you can’t rotate movies.