I wonder if anyone else has come across this problem with the D800. When you shoot vertically up or down in landscape mode, the image is often shown in the monitor in portrait mode. Then when you load it into lightroom you have to manually rotate it. The way around this is to turn of "rotate tall" in the playback menu. Then however, when you shoot in portrait mode you have to turn the camera sideways to view the image in the monitor. The only other solution is, when you are shooting up or down, to go into the menu and change the setting. Not so user friendly. I am wondering if there is a reason for this setting or is it just a Nikon goof. Mike
I believe the problem is that the camera depends on gravity to sense whether you are in landscape or portrait mode. When you point the camera vertically it can't sense whether your intention was to do landscape or portrait -- it looks the same to the orientation sensor. So the result is somewhat random. I just fix it when I'm post processing.
As you note there is an option in the camera to view portrait shots horizontally so you can views your shots with the maximum resolution. Seemed a little odd to me at first, but then I realized it was the obvious way to do it. Definitely not a Nikon goof. I do not believe that the setting of this option has any impact on the camera's attempt to detect orientation.
How come this was not a problem with previous Nikons like the D3X and D700? I have the 700 and have turned on both auto rotate and rotate tall and have never seen this problem. However, as you say it is not a big issue. I just turn off rotate tall. Mike
Auto rotate is used by most browsers and post processing software to automatically rotate your image for proper orientation when viewing on your computer.
Rotate tall is used when viewing the images on your camera LCD. It affects both automatic preview and later review of images stored on your memory card.
These 2 settings are independent. Personally I turn Rotate tall off. If I review an image immediately after shooting my camera will be rotated so that the camera will be in the correct position to view the image with top up whether I took it in portrait or landscape. When I review the pictures later with the camera in the landscape position portrait images will be on their side I prefer this sideways image to the rotated tall on because sideways gives an image that fills my LCD instead of 4/9 of the LCD picture area for a rotated tall portrait orientation image..
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