cam·​era | \ ˈkam-rə How to pronounce camera (audio) , ˈka-mə-rə\

Definition of camera

1a : a device that consists of a lightproof chamber with an aperture fitted with a lens and a shutter through which the image of an object is projected onto a surface for recording (as on a photosensitive film or an electronic sensor) or for translation into electrical impulses (as for television broadcast)
2 : the treasury department of the papal curia
off camera
1 : while not being filmed by a television or movie camera he's a different person off camera
2 : outside the scope of a television or movie camera sounds of gunfire taking place off camera
on camera
1 : before a live television camera go on camera also : while being filmed by a television or movie camera looked relaxed on camera
2 : within the scope of a television or movie camera you can hear a dog but he never appears on camera

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There are even more familiar faces behind the camera. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Big Little Lies Team Is Working on an Adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers Starring Nicole Kidman," 2 May 2019 Television and camera technology allow viewers to fixate on images down to every last pore and wrinkle, while the framing on phones and social media apps encourages myopic frames of reference. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Joan Mitchell's Landscape Paintings Are the Perfect Digital Antidote," 1 May 2019 Daniel Dae Kim, the show's executive producer who stepped out from behind the camera for the first time in season 2, will also continue to make appearances. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'The Good Doctor' Season 3," 29 Apr. 2019 Wainwright has been working on adapting Lister’s diaries for the screen for over 20 years, and the result of her efforts is a period drama that features complex women onscreen, captured by many brilliant women behind the camera. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Gentleman Jack Is a Period Drama I’ve Been Waiting My Whole Life to See," 22 Apr. 2019 But off-screen, Rankin is interested in getting behind the camera. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Richard Rankin Just Revealed His Secret Talent," 28 Mar. 2019 Behind the camera, there’s industry pro and showrunner Ali Rushfield, who has worked on shows such as Parks and Recreation and Netflix’s Love. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Aidy Bryant's "Shrill" Is the Groundbreaking Show Letting a Fat Person Be the Hero," 15 Mar. 2019 The Weeknd isn’t the only A-list boyfriend to be putting in work behind the camera. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Now We Know Who Takes All of Bella Hadid’s Best Paparazzi Pictures," 28 Jan. 2019 This isn't the first time Cole has been behind the camera for a big shoot. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse Photographed Noah Centineo and Lana Condor and It’s Like a “Riverdale”/“TATBILB” Crossover," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of camera

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for camera

Late Latin, room — more at chamber

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The first known use of camera was in 1566

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English Language Learners Definition of camera

: a device that is used for taking photographs or for making movies, television programs, etc.


cam·​era | \ ˈkam-rə How to pronounce camera (audio) \

Kids Definition of camera

1 : a device that has a lens on one side to let light in and is used for taking pictures
2 : the part of a television sending device in which the image to be sent out is formed

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