- a device for capturing a photographic image or recording a video, using film or digital memory.
- (in a television transmitting apparatus) the device in which the picture to be televised is formed before it is changed into electric impulses.
- Printing. camera-ready.
- off camera,
- out of the range of a video camera, as a television or motion picture camera: The stunt woman was waiting just off camera for her cue to enter the scene.
- (of an actor) in one’s private rather than professional life: The two co-stars are best friends off camera.
- on camera, being filmed or televised by a live camera: Be sure to look alert when you are on camera.
Origin of camera1
- a judge's private office.
- in camera,
- Law.in the privacy of a judge's chambers.
Origin of camera2
Examples from the Web for camera
We also see her physically battling Sheriff Clark, but the camera focuses on her falling to the ground.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
The camera passes to each hostage in turn to allow them to plead with the Lebanese government to let them live.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
He subtly gestured toward the direction of the camera pointed at their house.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
We see photographs of him with his arm around Joan Jett, two punks mugging for the camera.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Then he's quiet, while I, nonplussed, just stare until he adds, “The camera must never move.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
But how the form of such a woman must be dwarfed in the camera of such a man's mind!Weighed and Wanting
He is like a camera with the cap on—he never gets a new impression.
I was tapping away at the door of his recollections, camera all ready.
"Oh, that's all right," said Mr. Trenton, swinging his camera over his shoulder.One Day's Courtship
If it should come, he wished for a camera—a moving picture camera.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- an optical device consisting of a lens system set in a light-proof construction inside which a light-sensitive film or plate can be positionedSee also cine camera, digital camera
- television the equipment used to convert the optical image of a scene into the corresponding electrical signals
- See camera obscura
- plural -erae (-əˌriː) a judge's private room
- in camera
- lawrelating to a hearing from which members of the public are excluded
- in private
- off camera not within an area being filmed
- on camera (esp of an actor) being filmed
Word Origin and History for camera
1708, "vaulted building," from Latin camera "vaulted room" (source of Italian camera, Spanish camara, French chambre), from Greek kamara "vaulted chamber."
The word also was used early 18c. as a short form of Modern Latin camera obscura "dark chamber" (a black box with a lens that could project images of external objects), contrasted with camera lucida (Latin for "light chamber"), which uses prisms to produce on paper beneath the instrument an image, which can be traced. It became the word for "picture-taking device" when modern photography began, c.1840 (extended to television filming devices 1928). Camera-shy is attested from 1890. Old Church Slavonic komora, Lithuanian kamara, Old Irish camra all are borrowings from Latin.
- A chamber or cavity, such as one of the chambers of the heart or eye.