camera

A camera records images in the form of photographs, film or video. If you want evidence that you've spotted Bigfoot in the woods behind your house, you'll need a camera.

The noun camera typically refers to a film or digital device that captures still pictures when you press a button. A film camera stores images on a strip of film that must be developed with special chemicals, while a digital camera keeps them on a memory card, and with the help of a computer you can see the pictures almost instantly. The original meaning of camera, "vaulted building," came from Latin via the Greek root kamera, "vaulted chamber."

Definitions of camera
  1. noun
    equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)
    synonyms: photographic camera
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    box Kodak, box camera
    a simple camera shaped like a rectangular box
    candid camera
    a miniature camera with a fast lens
    digital camera
    a camera that encodes an image digitally and store it for later reproduction
    flash camera
    a camera with a photoflash attachment
    cine-camera, motion-picture camera, movie camera
    a camera that takes a sequence of photographs that can give the illusion of motion when viewed in rapid succession
    point-and-shoot camera
    a lightweight photographic camera with an autofocus
    Polaroid Land camera, Polaroid camera
    a camera that develops and produces a positive print within seconds
    portrait camera
    a camera with a portrait lens
    reflex camera
    camera that allows the photographer to view and focus the exact scene being photographed
    sound camera
    a movie camera that records sounds in synchrony with the visual images
    webcam
    a digital camera designed to take digital photographs and transmit them over the internet
    type of:
    photographic equipment
    equipment used by a photographer
  2. noun
    television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam
    synonyms: television camera, tv camera
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    camcorder
    a portable television camera and videocassette recorder
    type of:
    television equipment, video equipment
    electronic equipment that broadcasts or receives electromagnetic waves representing images and sound
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