Definition of camera
1 : the treasury department of the papal curia
2a : camera obscurab : 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 film) or for translation into electrical impulses (as for television broadcast)
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
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
Recent Examples of camera from the Web
PRIVACY CONCERNS Facial recognition is becoming much more common on home-security cameras.
Economic adviser Gary Cohn briefed reporters on a few occasions on condition TV cameras were turned off; National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster joined Cohn on Saturday.
This month in Topeka, Kan., for instance, the local force made public a stunning body-camera recording showing an officer wading into a pond and rescuing a small boy from drowning.
One of the daily intelligence updates notes plans to obtain night-vision goggles, LRADs, body armor, and FLIR (forward looking infrared) cameras.
At these district nerve centers, called Strategic Decision Support Centers, officers analyze large screens that display crime maps and surveillance camera footage.
A number of police officials were dismissed this week after leaked footage from the Taser camera was released on private TVN24.
The result is an excellent wide-angle camera for a fraction of the normal cost.
In a third photo, taken in Daytona Beach, a girl sits on an old tire swing and looks back over her shoulder at the camera.
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Origin and Etymology of camera
Late Latin, room — more at chamber
First Known Use: 1712
CAMERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of camera for English Language Learners
: a device that is used for taking photographs or for making movies, television programs, etc.
CAMERA Defined for Kids
Definition of camera for Students
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
History for camera
The word camera is short for camera obscura, which in Latin means “dark room.” A camera obscura is a darkened enclosure—which can be as small as a box or as large as a room—into which light is admitted through a very small hole. Because of the way in which light beams cross rather than scatter, an upside-down image of whatever is outside the enclosure is projected on the surface opposite the hole. The image can be made brighter by passing the light through a lens. The first photographic camera was simply a camera obscura with the image projected on light-sensitive chemicals.
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