The only way of composing your photos is to use the viewfinder, or "shoot from the hip".
Furthermore, there is no zoom lens and it's fixed focus. There's a mechanical lever on the side which changes the focal length for close-ups, and apart from that it's focused at quite a long distance. It doesn't make very good photos of people as they need to be quite a long way away to be in focus.
However, the photos that it makes have a certain something:
|Packard Bell DSC-3 ignored the trees.|
And actually, the sky really was blue,
not purple as on the left.
|Sensible Olympus compact camera focused on|
|Packard Bell gives everything an etched|
appearance as if it has been processed outside
of the camera
|Rain-drops in focus, a grim view of|
the world. A fairly accurate depiction
of the weather for the Noordelijke
elomobieltocht 2012 (which was
otherwise very enjoyable)
|The rest of the world in focus, and the weather just doesn't|
look quite so bad from the view of the DSC-3.
|Judy walks our dog. A dull day somehow transformed.|
|Hello tree. I like the way the fixed focus worked here.|
|Sometimes the Packard Bell camera|
completely loses the plot and produces
photos like this one
You can forget about taking photos with low light with this camera as the amount of noise quickly becomes intrusive.
There are lots of photos that you can't get with a camera like this, as you can never be sure what it will do in any particular situation.
However, when it "works" it does occasionally produce rather pleasing results, so I will use it sometimes.
Yes, I know that "lomography" refers to a particular type of film camera. However, this sort of primitive digital camera endorses a motto of "Don't Think, Just Shoot" just as much as a real LOMO.