I've often wondered how much the rules around takeoff/landing are actually about encouraging passengers to maintain situational awareness to help with emergency situations.
For example BA now let you listen to their entertainment system during takeoff/landing, but not personal music players, and they insist you do it through their crap headphones, not - for example - in ear noise isolating headphones, or external noise cancelling headphones. So you still get PA announcements through those headphones, and you can still hear shouted instructions etc.
My pet theory anyhow. Also, if there is a dodgy landing a camera doesn't need to be electronic to become a basaltic object that will kill someone.
For a while now BA have let you use your mobile the second you touch down rather than after you've taxied to the gate.
Let's face it, if an electronic device left inadvertently on (which in a flight of a hundred passengers or more, there on average are bound to be a few) was so dangerous, surely they would make you check them at the door and turn them off.
I never fully switch off my laptop - just keep it in sleep mode which isn't really strictly according to the rules. I've left my mobile on by mistake before and had an old Android phone with an annoying button that I managed to turn on in mid-air in my pocket several times without it causing any problems.
It seems there have been cases of interference from electronic devices before though (albeit rarely) - apparently a DVD player was causing a 30 degree navigation error when switched on (which disappeared when switched off).
> (In reply to Eric9Points)
> Good point. But what size are the files going to be? A little phone SD card is going to be full up in no time, reducing the whole point of it as a 'camera'.
It's all fine. Funnily enough people have thought about it. Resultion is dropped in live processing to improve signal on unzoomed images and pixels are dropped to produce zoomed images.
It's nothing scientific cameras haven't been doing for a decade or more, it's just packaged up in a consumer device. It's rather annoying, having to consider this philosophy has torpedoed my "merkerdroid driven excess of pixels making cameras worse" rant.
In reply to Henry Iddon: It saves a 38 mp and a 5 mp image. The smaller image uses oversampling to provide meta pixel for the smaller image. Not sure how big the files/ memory are. But it is an interesting idea, completely different to HTC'c attitude where they have used larger CCD with less pixels to allow more light into each one.
I'm of the opinion that most phone camera users don't need much over 3Mp. Most of them never crop the photos and only view them on a monitor with a resolution that's probably not much more than 3Mp anyway.
It is tempting.
The best I had on a similar youth event job was a hanger-on with a bottom-of-the-range Nikon, shooting on full auto and couldn't work out why it wasn't working (lens cap was on), at the same time as telling me I didn't need to be there as the parents could take the same quality photos themselves (they can't).