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Definition: camera


(1) A combination microphone and video capture device that is built into or attaches to a computer monitor (see Webcam).

(2) A rear- or front-facing component in a smartphone or tablet that captures digital still and moving images. See rear-facing camera and video calling.

(3) A stand-alone device that records still or moving images as analog scenes on film or as pixels in digital storage. Consumer video cameras (camcorders) also include a microphone for audio capture. See digital camera, point-and-shoot camera, POV camera, DSLR and camcorder.




Not Exactly Digital
Film cameras like these were used to take millions of pictures in the first half of the 20th century. See film camera.