Few cameras have been able to reach the same level of cult following that the Olympus XA has built up in recent years. Does the camera deserve the hype?
In this video, Kyle McDougall walks us through his experience with the camera and provides a bit of background about the camera. Briefly, there are four versions of the XA (the XA, XA2, XA3, and XA4), with the XA itself being the most feature-rich and having the fastest lens of the bunch. Based on Kyle's experience, the camera has earned its renowned reputation.
Personally, I've never shot with the Olympus XA, but I have several friends that have them and swear by them. The only film camera that I have any personal experience with that comes close is the Fuji GA645 (you can find the review here), which is medium format compared to 35mm for the XA, but to me, it gives off the same vibe. That is, they're so easy to use that it's properly difficult to mess up and the resulting images are great. Sure, there are other cameras with a simple interface and usability, but few options offer the same quality for the price.
What about you? Do you have any experience with the Olympus XA? What did you think?