Wide angle lens is something very common on cheap point and shoot 35mm film camera back then. That’s because short focal length combined with small aperture can create enough depth of field for images to be in focus from around 1 meter to infinity. Because of that, camera manufacturer can create camera that is capable to deliver good image (i.e. in focus images) with only fixed focus camera, no need for AF, which will decrease the cost of the manufacturing process. Some people think that the lack of ability to choose the focus, whether using AF or zone focus, means that the camera is no good for serious shooters. But I find that the shortage can make me more relieved, because I don’t have to worry about miss focused image, and stuff. With fixed focus camera I know my standing distance to make a good sharp image, and when something that is out of the range of the DOF, I know that it will be out of focus.