|The ubiquitous Time camera|
The "Optical Lens" designation is a common trashcam feature
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The term trashcam has sometimes jokingly been applied to simple plastic cameras of extremely low value. These might include promotional giveaways, dollar-store closeouts, or thrift-store finds—but also examples of outright deception such as the "Olympia" camera.
While trashiness is naturally a subjective and debatable concept, one working definition of a trashcam might be, "any camera whose value at least doubles when loaded with film."
There is a continuum between cheap plastic cameras that actually have reasonable optics, such as the Ansco Pix Panorama, and true toy cameras that are especially prized for their degraded, aberrated imagery.
|"Focus Free" or "Made in China"|
may suggest trashcam status
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|An optical lens is a highly-prized|
feature in a trashcam
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|Aperture settings: Sunny,|
partly sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy
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|Garish and unfashionable colors|
are also a plus
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