single-lens reflex


: a camera having a single lens that forms an image which is reflected to the viewfinder or recorded on film

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a professional photographer, Arndt has many high-powered tools at his disposal, including a high-resolution, 50-megapixel single-lens reflex camera. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 Wu suggests using a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or mirrorless camera. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2023 Brooklyn Community Services used $600 from The Fund last month to buy Mr. Jackson a digital single-lens reflex camera, to replace his old point-and-shoot, which had a cracked screen. Sara Aridi, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 This week, a report from Nikkei Asia says that Nikon has turned its lens to the future and will no longer make single-lens reflex cameras. Wired, 17 July 2022 As a result, Nikon is moving towards throwing in the towel on single-lens reflex (SLR) camera business, according to a report in Nikkei. Chris Morris, Fortune, 12 July 2022 Nikkei Asia reports that camera maker Nikon will discontinue further development of its single-lens reflex (SLR) camera lineup, leaving the longtime professional standbys behind and shifting its efforts to smaller mirrorless models. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 The single-lens reflex camera has been around for decades, but its popularity was eclipsed by smartphones in the 21st century. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 While your smartphone’s camera might show two dots in the sky, those with a digital single-lens reflex camera, or at least a camera with a zoom lens that attaches to a tripod, will likely get better results. Dan Falk, Science, 14 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of single-lens reflex was in 1940

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“Single-lens reflex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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