cam·​cord·​er | \ ˈkam-ˌkȯr-dər How to pronounce camcorder (audio) \

Definition of camcorder

: a small portable combined camera and video recording device

Examples of camcorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of the PowerEgg X ($899, available now) it as a 4K camcorder and drone hybrid. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "At CES, of course there's bigger TVs, but also smart trash cans and talking makeup mirrors," 8 Jan. 2020 Most of their videos are shot on an old tape camcorder and their flyers have a distinct collage, copy-shop feel, similar to artist Winston Smith who designed album covers for the Dead Kennedys and Green Day. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "How a Teenager Turned a Denny's Into the Best Punk Club Ever, For One Night Only," 19 Dec. 2019 Ostrovskiy followed by car, filming on a Panasonic camcorder, and Khaykin pursued on foot. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "The Black Cube Chronicles: The Private Investigators," 7 Oct. 2019 The next morning, with bleary-eyed Noonan still recovering, John grabbed the camcorder in his friend's room and started filming him. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "When JFK Jr. and Carolyn got married: Never before seen tapes on TV for first time," 14 July 2019 The older terrorist network has struggled to appeal to a younger generation of recruits, who were lured to ISIS by slick videos shot on drones and GoPros when Al Qaeda was still issuing hourlong lectures by aging leaders staring at camcorders. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Death of Hamza bin Laden Seen as Blow to Al Qaeda’s Future," 1 Aug. 2019 Around the government complex Tuesday morning, police officers with handheld camcorders circled the building filming evidence. Washington Post, "Cleanup begins in Hong Kong after a night of unleashed anger," 2 July 2019 Footage of police officers engaging in alleged criminal behavior has made national news at least since the 1991 beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King, captured by a witness’ camcorder. Rafael Olmeda,, "More cops caught on camera. But can you believe what you’re seeing?," 22 July 2019 First sold commercially in 1991 by Sony for its camcorders, these types of batteries are good for much more than portable consumer electronics. Robert Masse, The Conversation, "How do lithium-ion batteries work?," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of camcorder

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camcorder

camera + recorder

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The first known use of camcorder was in 1981

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19 Jan 2020

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“Camcorder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce camcorder (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of camcorder

: a small video camera for personal use


cam·​cord·​er | \ ˈkam-ˌkȯr-dər How to pronounce camcorder (audio) \

Kids Definition of camcorder

: a small video camera

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