telephoto

adjective
tele·​pho·​to | \ ˌte-lə-ˈfō-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of telephoto

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: being a camera lens system designed to give a large image of a distant object also : relating to or being photography in which a telephoto lens is used

telephoto

noun
plural telephotos

Definition of telephoto (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a telephoto lens
2 : a photograph taken with a camera having a telephoto lens

Telephoto

trademark

Definition of Telephoto (Entry 3 of 3)

used for an apparatus for transmitting photographs electrically or for a photograph so transmitted

Examples of telephoto in a Sentence

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There are a whopping four cameras on the back (rumored to be a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens, a main camera, and a depth camera for bokeh effects) and two cameras on the front. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders feature a big hole in the display," 5 Dec. 2018 The Galaxy Note 9, similar to this year’s Galaxy S9, has impressive dual cameras on the back, a wide-angle and a 2X telephoto, both with optical image stabilization. David Pierce, WSJ, "Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Is Crazy Powerful. Can You Handle It?," 19 Aug. 2018 What’s Worse: Camera The XR has the same great wide-angle camera as the XS phones, but lacks the second telephoto lens for true optical zoom. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "iPhone XR Review: You Don’t Have to Spend $1,000 for the Best iPhone," 23 Oct. 2018 Its camera has a smaller sensor, but it is also equipped with two-times optical zoom, plus an additional two-times digital zoom, basically giving you the equivalent of a 96mm telephoto lens. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "DJI's New Mavic 2 Drone Series Revealed," 23 Aug. 2018 The Cameras Most speculations about the second generation iPhone X and new iPhone X Plus say the phones will have two rear-facing cameras (a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens), while the LCD iPhone will come with a single rear-facing camera. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The New iPhone Rumors," 5 July 2018 On the back there’s a 12MP wide-angle f/1.75 main lens paired with a 16MP telephoto one that delivers portrait mode and 2X optical zoom. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "HTC U12+ hands-on: No notch, smarter edges, and real selfie portraits," 23 May 2018 The Cameras Most speculations about the second generation iPhone X and new iPhone X Plus say the phones will have two rear-facing cameras (a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens), while the LCD iPhone will come with a single rear-facing camera. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The New iPhone Rumors," 5 July 2018 The Cameras Most speculations about the second generation iPhone X and new iPhone X Plus say the phones will have two rear-facing cameras (a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens), while the LCD iPhone will come with a single rear-facing camera. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The New iPhone Rumors," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of telephoto

Adjective

1893, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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