Hello Allen! Sounds like you've gone through a number of steps to try and edit and save your picture! You are correct, "rotate and flip" gives you an option to save the edited changes. However, "zoom and rotate" is for viewing purposes only. Have you tested with taking the picture in "landscape" mode, instead of the portrait/upright position? Let me know.
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I tried to start a new discussion but I keep getting there is no subject Samsung Intensity III. (FYI) My Samsung has the camera "stuck" in landscape mode. In fact, it won't go into mode-just camera and video. I would much rather it were stuck in "portrait." I had the same problem with rotating, but even when I rotate and save, it reverts to landscape. Not fun.