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

n equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)

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
a digital camera designed to take digital photographs and transmit them over the internet
Type of:
photographic equipment
equipment used by a photographer

n television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam

television camera, tv camera
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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