A Camera is a device which captures visual data in a way that makes it possible for a scene that was captured to be re-created at a later time.
Types of cameras
Single-frame cameras capture one moment from one point in one direction.
He later used one to take a photo of Jonathan Archer in his captain's chair to be sent to an artist in Oakland who was to paint a portrait of the captain that was to be placed in Starfleet Command. (ENT: "Rogue Planet")
Multi-frame cameras, often called video cameras, capture several frames per second and store them sequentially. The frames are later displayed in sequence, changing at the same frequency that they were captured. These cameras often include audio recording capability as well, synchronizing the sampled audio with the sequence of images.
In 2367, Lieutenant Junior Grade Anthony Brevelle wore a head-mounted camera during an investigation of missing Starfleet personnel on Tarchannen III. The image data collected was later used to discover an invisible species of alien. This device could be programmed to include data in the recording, like the stardate or the time of recording. It also included a light source that could be switched on if the surroundings were too dark. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")
- See also: Holophotography.