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1. Within the view of a camera's lens during a photo or video recording. Hyphenated if used before a noun. You can see the suspect signaling someone on camera just before the blast.
2. While being filmed or photographed. Hyphenated if used before a noun. The two wrestlers play up their on-camera feud for the sake of television dramatics, but they're actually great friends in real life. He is renowned for his calm, dignified demeanor on camera, but the famous talk show host is a rather brash loudmouth in person.
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Being filmed, as in When the talk-show host began, I wasn't sure if we were on camera. This usage dates from the first half of the 1900s, soon after the birth of motion-picture and television filming. The same is true of the antonym off camera, meaning "outside the view of a movie or TV camera," as in Go ahead and scratch-we're off camera now.
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on ˈcamerabeing filmed or shown on television: Are you prepared to tell your story on camera?
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Within the field of view of a movie camera.
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