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

Examples of camera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first two films, Wan deployed a roaming camera that played with point of view in such a way as to trap the viewer into lines of sight that suggested terrors just out of frame. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The report said the smaller tablet will ditch the large top and bottom bezels in favor of an all-screen design with a hole-punch camera at the top and a hole-punch Touch ID home button at the bottom. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 June 2021 In turn, he's acknowledged with thanks from the host and, occasionally, has been shown at an otherwise off-camera stage perch. Lynn Elber, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 After discovering a camera on the Paris Metro, the young JR developed an interest in photography, too. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 June 2021 But Anthony handily demolishes that assumption, pointing out how a camera, equipped with a distorting wide-angle lens and mounted on an officer’s chest, creates its own skewed perspective and often promotes or rationalizes a police narrative. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Sure, there's standard navigation, an upgraded stereo and a surround-view camera. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 The original iPhone had a camera on the back for taking pictures of the world—now the 3G had another, quasi-imaginary one inside the phone that could be used for taking pictures of the screen, independently of any app. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 In her everyday, off-camera life, Barrera is a minimalist. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 1 June 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Camera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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