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Glossary Terms

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.