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Olympics 2012: The Probable Camera Restrictions

We already know that there will be some events at the London Olympics where you won't be able to take your camera in to snap away.

However, now the camera police, or the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) as it's otherwise known, is mulling over the rules on allowable camera kit.

A LOCOG spokesperson noted: "Obviously we recognise that spectators will want to bring cameras into the Games. The only restrictions are around size, and these restrictions are to prevent undue impact on other spectators."

A book out this year called Capture the Moment, a guide to taking photos at London 2012, states: "You are allowed to take camera phones, compact cameras and DSLRs into Olympic and Paralympic venues, as long as the equipment fits into a bag no bigger than 30 x 20 x 20cm. Anything above this may be confiscated and not necessarily returned to you."

Your camera bag must fit under your seat, and tripods, or big lenses, are a definite no-no as they could obscure other people's view, a fair point. However, as for the "not necessarily returned to you" bit, that sounds a tad harsh, particularly considering your massive camera will probably cost a small fortune.

Flash photography may be restricted at some events, a member of the London 2012 Olympics team informed Techradar.

The LOCOG spokesperson said: "LOCOG is currently finalising spectator filming and photography guidelines. As with other large sporting events, there may be restrictions for spectators on the size of lenses permitted into venues.

"We are working on guidelines and will publish them in good time for the 2012 Games so everyone attending is clear on the policy and can enjoy the events."

Well, there isn't that much time left now, so they better get a shift on. For the moment, photographers will have to assume the aforementioned rules are going to be fairly close to what appears in the official guidelines, when they finally emerge.

Source: Techradar (opens in new tab)

Darren Allan
Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.