For some strange reason I’ve always been on a mission to look for a back up to the trusty Olympus Mju II, usually stopping short of getting another Mju II. There are many, many choices that meet this particular criteria and it seems such a waste not to add another to the short list of cameras I’ve tried. On one of those nights where one is illogically consumed by spontaneous midnight browsing, I came upon the fairly infrequently mentioned Olympus XA4 for significantly less than they like to go for on eBay.
The XA4 is neither an auto-focus camera like the Mju II nor a rangefinder like its extremely popular sibling XA. It uses zone focusing, something that used to throw me off constantly but now I relish in having gained the confidence to do this crazy guesswork after much positive experience with the Olympus Pen D3. The best difference that sets it apart from the others is the ability to focus up to 0.3m (although the shutter goes extremely slow at that range) and I’ll never say no to depth of field.