Sometimes, a small and simple auto point and shoot compact camera does make photography fun. Shooting in “Auto” mode is the only thing available with such camera as most of the entry-level P&S cameras do not come with the manual features we crave about on our expensive gears. Just let the camera to decide the exposure settings, and you only have a job to do: Just point and shoot. This can be an advantage as you can focus on composing your image instead of spending time worrying the correct exposure (useless to worry as you can’t control it), and more importantly not missing any interesting shots.
In my opinion, shooting with an analogue auto P&S camera is more fun and excited. You only can decide what image to capture, but can’t control much to obtain your expected result. It’s like gambling, you only can decide where to throw your money in but can’t control the outcome. Either you win or you lose. Of cause gambling tends to make you lose more but not in photography. A decent P&S camera usually comes with a proper light metering system, whether the system is “intelligent” enough to meet your expectation is a different story. Therefore, the only thing you can do when you shoot with analogue P&S camera is to put in 100% of your faith, trust your camera and hope the results are great.
I brought my newly bought Rollei Prego Micron along with my recent trip to Thailand, as my secondary film camera. Whenever I loaded my main film camera with colour film, I loaded my secondary gear with a black and white negative, or vice-versa, so I could capture images in colour and B&W at the same time. The camera is compact, even smaller than my Leica Mini, so that I can simply slip it into my pocket while holding the main camera on my hand. Eventually things did not turn out exactly what I planned for, as I was lazy to swap my camera most of the time. I only changed the camera after shooting a while with the main one, not due to the situation. I used it more when I was lazy to set and compose the exposure manually, and on the last two days of the trip, it became my primary camera. Anyway, I enjoyed my photography session with it and the best part was, the results were great.