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Olympus XA

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the shutter and performance. The portability and design are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed views on the low light performance and battery. The responsiveness and features get less positive reviews.

lens, design, portability, performance, shutter

viewfinder, features, responsiveness

On average, users rate this product 90/100.

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In addition to medium format and different SLR outfits I have, I have collected and used many different cameras from the 70's. I thought I would really like the XA as I heard and read so many good things. I have had 3 and they were just OK, but quite...

Very light and compact: brilliant design ; Good, sharp lens most of the time (3.5-8) ; Excellent lens protection when closed ; Rangefinder

Age made my 3 unreliable ; Lens vignettes when stopped down ; Rangefinder barely usable in dim light ; Lens no sharper than Minox and less so than the Contaxt T or Rollei 35S

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The Olympus XA is, by far, the best camera for quick and unobstrusive picture taking: It opens quickly (unlike, say, a Rollei 35, which has to extend its lens, then take off lens cap) and is ready to shoot almost instantly (unlike any digital camera...

Small, lightweight, lightning fast, excellent results. Batteries last forever. Sensor trigger button reduces vibration, as does lack of mirror slap = good low light camera. Very durable design (I have two, and they both work flawlessly even after 30...

but I must admit, a Rollei 35 just looks nicer to me ; The comparison also points to the two weaknesses of the XA ; In the perfect world, there would be a DOF scale on the focussing scale ; and the camera would have at least one mechanical shutter...

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I've had and have a lot of cameras to many to list, I like the 120 format and twin lens especially mostly because of the price. I have many 35mm SLR outfits and they are too much to pack (just get closer) especially since I do most of my shooting while...

light meter, lens, durable, shutter just about the whole camera

The range finder could be better especially in low light situations, If it had the Zorki 4 finder it would be perfect

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