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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The film documented the making of the final season of the show through the eyes of those behind the camera, from executive producer Bernadette Caulfield to husband-and-wife prosthetics team Barrie and Sarah Gower. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington Sobbed & Gave an Emotional Speech After Shooting His Final Game of Thrones Scene," 27 May 2019 During a break in-between the Blind Auditions, the camera cut to a close-up of Adam letting out a loud belch that really impressed Kelly. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine Bonded Over the Grossest Habit," 17 Mar. 2019 Chaotic camera cuts and shaky-cam strap the viewer into the cockpit with the flyboy. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 However, it is believed that Schumacher himself will not be seen on camera, and his accident and subsequent state of health reportedly will not be depicted in the film. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Trailer for Documentary about Formula 1 Legend Michael Schumacher to Show at Cannes," 13 May 2019 Plus, Little People, Big World was filming, and the crew was adamant about getting their wedding day on camera for the show. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "5 Times Jeremy and Audrey Roloff's Book 'A Love Letter Life' Got Extremely Real," 12 Apr. 2019 Wide Field Camera 3 is one of four cameras on Hubble, with the other three being the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Hubble Is Malfunctioning, Again," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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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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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