digital camera noun
: a camera that takes pictures without using film : a camera that records images as digital data
: a camera that records images as digital data instead of on film
First Known Use of DIGITAL CAMERA
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digital camera noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Camera that captures images electronically rather than on film. The image is captured by an array of charge-coupled devices (CCDs), stored in the camera's random access memory or a special diskette, and transferred to a computer for modification, long-term storage, or printing out. Since the technology produces a graphics file, the image can be readily edited using suitable software. Models designed and priced for the mass consumer marketas opposed to costly models designed for photojournalism and industrial photographyfirst became available in 1996. They appeal particularly to users who want to send pictures over the Internet or to crop, combine, enhance, or otherwise modify their photographs.
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