occurring as part of a film or program but outside the range of the motion-picture or television camera:
the off-camera shouts of a mob.
out of the range of a motion-picture or television camera:
The star walked off-camera at the end of his monologue.
(of an actor) in one's private rather than professional life:
Off-camera the movie star liked to cook.
[kam-er-uh, kam-ruh] /ˈkæm ər ə, ˈkæm rə/
noun, plural cameras for 1, 2, camerae
[kam-uh-ree] /ˈkæm ə ri/ (Show IPA), for 3.
a boxlike device for holding a film or plate sensitive to light, having an aperture controlled by a shutter that, when opened, admits light enabling an object to be focused, usually by means of a lens, on the film or plate, thereby producing a photographic image.
(in a television transmitting apparatus) the device in which the picture to be televised is formed before it is changed into electric impulses.
1708, "vaulted building," from L. camera "vaulted room" (cf. It. camera, Sp. camara, Fr. chambre), from Gk. kamara "vaulted chamber," from PIE base *kam- "to arch." The word also was used early 18c. as a short form of Mod.L. camera obscura "dark chamber" (a black box with a lens that could project images of external objects), contrasted with camera lucida (Latin for "light chamber"), which uses prisms to produce an image on paper beneath the instrument, which can be traced. It became the word for "picture-taking device" when modern photography began, c.1840 (extended to television filming devices 1928). Camera-shy is from 1922. O.C.S. komora, Lith. kamara, O.Ir. camra all are borrowings from Latin.