single-lens reflex

\ ˈsiŋ-gəl-ˈlenz- How to pronounce single-lens reflex (audio) \

Definition of single-lens reflex

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

Examples of single-lens reflex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The standard for professional photographers, digital single-lens reflex (DSLR for short) cameras deliver more detail than the camera on your phone. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, 20 Nov. 2020 Special apps and portrait mode help smartphone snapshots compete with the most sophisticated digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs). Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2019 Simply put, a digital single-lens reflex camera is a professional camera. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 2 July 2019 Digital single-lens reflex cameras are popular with photographers from beginners to experts. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 2 July 2019 Out of the 10 first-place awards the students received this year, three of them were taken with smartphones includes of traditional cameras known as single-lens reflex camera or SLRs. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, 13 June 2018 Nikon was the Pepsi to Canon’s Coke, or maybe the other way around, but the two companies had a lock on the high-end market of single-lens reflex, or SLR, cameras for decades. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2018 The free program, which requires registration by Jan. 25, is open to ages 16 and older who should bring their cameras from smartphone through digital single-lens reflex. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of single-lens reflex

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Single-lens reflex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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