Olympus XA3

The Olympus XA3 is really a slightly updated version of the XA2 which has received some useful extra features. The most useful of these is the provision of a backlight compensation setting on the battery test / self timer lever. This adds about half a stop extra exposure to the programmed setting determined by the camera’s metering system so that when you are photographing a backlit or light background subject the shot is not underexposed. This is very useful on an auto only camera. The other additions for the XA3 are a 1600 ASA manual film speed setting and automatic DX film speed setting if you use DX coded film. Having a 1600 ASA setting is fantastic for this camera as it is so small and inconspicuous that available light street photography is its natural application and the extra turn of speed makes getting the images that much easier.


Not much so far other than a good clean and a replacement of the back door hinge foam light seal with a black felt one. One of the updates to the XA3 camera over the XA2 were the redesign of the built-in light traps. The XA3 is much better designed. 



Olympus XA3 Made in Japan

Camera Type

35mm EE zone focusing camera with between-the-lens shutter

Film Format



Olympus Zuiko 35mm f/3.5

Filter Size


Focusing Range

1 m to infinity

Shutter Speeds

Automatic programmed aperture & speed selection

Exposure Meter Type

Single CdS cell located above the lens element. Programmed aperture & speed selection

Film Speed Range

ISO 25 (DIN 15) to ISO 1600 (DIN 32)

Viewfinder Information

Brightline frame, No parallax correction mark

Focusing System

Zone focusing by slider control

Synchronization & Flash

Built-in "X" synchronization for dedicated A11 flashgun

Loading Film

Standard 35mm 135 loading

Advance Film

Thumb wheel, Built-in double exposure prevention

Self Timer 



Two 1,35 volt Mercury batteries PX675 - or 675ZA (1.4v Zinc Air) or AG13/357 silver oxide


103 w X 65 h X 40 d mm


230 g


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