How Does a Camera Video?

A camera is an essential piece of equipment used to capture images and videos. Have you ever wondered how a camera captures videos? In this article, we will delve into the inner workings of a camera and explain the mechanism behind video recording.

What is a Camera?

Before we dive into the specifics of how a camera records videos, let’s first understand what a camera is. A camera is an optical instrument that captures images and videos by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation. It consists of a lens, an image sensor or film, and various mechanical components.

How Does a Camera Capture Images?

When you press the shutter button on your camera, it opens up the aperture (the hole through which light enters) for a brief period. The amount of time that the aperture remains open is known as the exposure time. During this time, light enters through the lens and falls onto the image sensor or film.

The lens focuses the light onto the image sensor or film, forming an inverted image. The image sensor or film then converts this light into an electronic signal or chemical reaction, respectively. This signal/reaction is then processed to produce an image.

How Does a Camera Record Videos?

Now that we understand how a camera captures images let’s move on to how it records videos. A video is essentially a sequence of images captured at regular intervals over time. To record video, a camera captures multiple frames per second (fps) and compiles them into one continuous video stream.

When recording video, your camera’s shutter remains open for longer than when capturing still images. This allows for multiple frames to be captured within each second. The number of frames captured per second determines your video’s frame rate.

Modern cameras record videos digitally using either CCD (charge-coupled device) or CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) sensors instead of film. These sensors convert the light into digital signals that are then processed by the camera’s processor to produce a video file.


In conclusion, a camera captures videos by capturing multiple frames per second and compiling them into one continuous video stream. The frames are captured using the same mechanism as still images, with the shutter remaining open for longer periods to capture more frames. Understanding how a camera records videos can help you make informed decisions when selecting a camera for your videography needs.