Main definitions of camera in English

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camera1

noun

  • A device for recording visual images in the form of photographs, film, or video signals.

    ‘she faced the cameras’
    cam
    ‘a photographer's camera flashed’
    ‘a video camera’
    • ‘From time to time I get a few queries about my photographs, my camera and techniques.’
    • ‘Filmed with four cameras, the result will then be displayed on four television screens.’
    • ‘Here in Bedford you can't even go with a camera or video recorder to the local swimming pool.’
    • ‘I might have left the camera behind but the image of this wreck was imprinted on my mind.’
    • ‘After burning up a roll of film Prudence lowered the camera and took the film out to replace it.’
    • ‘Film from CCTV cameras in the club has been taken away as part of the police inquiry.’
    • ‘Among the hours of images caught by the cameras at King's Cross, one sequence stood out.’
    • ‘During the film, the camera lingers on one wall in the bar now owned by Monty's father.’
    • ‘Fighting broke out as security men tried to stop angry guests using cameras and video recorders.’
    • ‘The cameras will record digital images used to help police pursue action against criminals.’
    • ‘Staff at the centre can use it to download images from traffic cameras around the county.’
    • ‘We ascend, our cameras out of film and our slates covered in a jumble of barely decipherable notes.’
    • ‘Monday I leave for Boston with a car full of cameras and film of various shapes and sizes.’
    • ‘The cameras work using two video monitors in the patrol vans which are linked to a recorder.’
    • ‘The man holding the video camera turned the camera on and brought the eyepiece up to his eye.’
    • ‘There, images from two cameras fighting over the same frequency are grainy and dark.’
    • ‘To his left, a film crew holding cameras and lights were filming the entire episode.’
    • ‘When I reached him he searched me and told me to take the film out of my camera and give it to him.’
    • ‘The cameras would record images in colour during the day and black and white at night.’
    • ‘I quickly resigned myself to the fact that the film in my cameras was going to be lost.’

Phrases

  • on (or off) camera

    • While being filmed or televised (or not being filmed or televised)

      ‘on camera, she was error-prone and nervous’
      • ‘David admits to being amazed himself by the behaviour caught on camera for the first time.’
      • ‘You will find hardly any improvising on camera anywhere in my films.’
      • ‘But even when there is no overt sexuality on camera, a film set is a very sexualized place.’
      • ‘However, the most hair-raising part of the film took place off camera.’
      • ‘BBC Berkshire is offering Berkshire people the chance to have their say on camera.’
      • ‘This protest was caught on camera by the BBC, and subsequently aired on the local news.’
      • ‘This programme will focus on the people and places caught on camera.’
      • ‘A man gestured to the reporter off camera and handed her a paper.’
      • ‘When she was on camera and I was off camera, they gave my samurai sword to a stuntman.’
      • ‘However, that doesn't stop the 26-year-old actor from helping out with his friend's painting and decorating business when he's off camera.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin (see camera, camera obscura).

Pronunciation:

camera

/ˈkam(ə)rə/

Main definitions of camera in English

: camera1camera2

camera2

noun

  • [in names] A chamber or round building.

    ‘the Radcliffe Camera’
    • ‘There is one camera in the south west of England that is painted with luminous strips.’
    • ‘Read about a walk around the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University, part of the Bodleian Library.’

Phrases

Origin

Late 17th century (denoting a council or legislative chamber in Italy or Spain): from Latin, vault, arched chamber from Greek kamara object with an arched cover.

Pronunciation:

camera

/ˈkam(ə)rə/