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(1) A stand-alone device that records still or moving images as analog scenes on film or as pixels in digital storage. Movie cameras, which are called "camcorders," also include a microphone for audio capture. The world of photography and movie making has migrated from film (analog) to digital, and all digital cameras can play back the recorded material on a small, built-in LCD screen. See digital camera, point-and-shoot camera, POV camera, DSLR and camcorder.

(2) A back-facing element in a smartphone or tablet that records still and moving images for later viewing.

(3) A front-facing element in a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer that captures and transmits images in real time for video calls. See video calling and Webcam.

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