Definition: Camera

From New World Encyclopedia


Learned borrowing from Latin camera (chamber or bedchamber), from Ancient Greek καμάρα or kamára (anything with an arched cover, a covered carriage or boat, a vaulted chamber, a vault), of Old Iranian origin. Doublet of chamber. The modern use of camera is a clipping of camera obscura, from New Latin camera obscura (dark chamber), because the first cameras used a pinhole and a dark room.


camera (plural cameras)

  1. A device for taking still or moving pictures or photographs.
  2. (computer graphics, video games) The viewpoint in a three-dimensional game or simulation.
  3. A vaulted room.
  4. A judge's private chamber, where cases may be heard in camera.

Derived terms

  • aerial camera
  • body camera
  • box camera
  • camcorder
  • camera angle
  • cameraman
  • camera phone
  • camera roll
  • camera worker
  • compact camera
  • digital camera
  • in camera
  • movie camera
  • off camera
  • on camera
  • security camera
  • surveillance camera
  • video camera

Related terms

  • bicameral


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