In the early days of the pandemic, I had the not-so original idea of doing more photography shooting through the window of a car as walking around was didn’t seem to be such a wise idea anymore. Thankfully, a couple of months back I had already purchased a near-perfect camera to use for point & shoot while in the car: the Olympus XA3.
At that time, I was just looking for a compact camera with a simple focusing system to put in the car just in case there is anything interesting happening while navigating these crazy streets.
I had known of the existence of Olympus XA at this time but thought that the original was too fiddly to operate in fast situations. I chanced upon the XA3 while looking through instagram, priced quite reasonably from a reputable seller. I made somewhat rudimentary research on its operation and pulled the trigger within a day – surprising even myself how easy it is to be affected by G.A.S…
The dead-simple focus tab of the XA3 makes it faster to operate then the original, most of the time I just literally point & shoot as it defaults to mid range focus whenever the clamshell is shut. A really Sharp lens & light weight completes it nicely. The lack of control (seriously rudimentary aperture control, no shutter speed control) does make me pause a bit, but putting trust in the inbuilt light meter is always part of the fun.
The only real annoyance with it is the build quality of the latch securing the back door. It opens too easily with a very short fall (car seat to the floor – thankfully not the pavement). But this is neither here nor there really, as the many pros outweigh the rather minor cons – despite the depressing feeling of losing substantial amount of pictures when this happened.
Here are the 5 frames from the XA3 – taken in these uncertain times, some in daylight, some at night with Bergger Pancro 400. You’ll not see any masks worn, as there was still conflicting news about the effectiveness of them then…
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