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The Best 35mm Compact Cameras Ever Made

Olympus XA (1979)

This is a truly pocketable little camera that defies the category of point-and-shoot a little bit because it’s more of a manual focus rangefinder, complete with a tiny split focusing screen. Forgive me, but its omission would be a crime. The minimalist design of the XA harks back to an era when engineers were allowed to experiment, resulting in one of the most gloriously elegant cameras in history.

I bought one around a decade ago and it’s still running well, although I haven’t used it too much in all honesty. It’s equipped with a sharp F. Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 and impressively allows users to manually select the aperture from f/2.8 to f/22.

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