Have you ever noticed how television and the movies, whenever a "photographer" trope is called for, press into service old film cameras to carry the symbolic burden? There's a commercial ("advert" in Britspeak) on TV right now for a product called "Aveeno" (evidently a moisturizing lotion) that opens with a young mother carrying a child and an old film Hasselblad through a halcyon meadow. As the product is extolled, vignettes of the glowing young woman handling the camera and peering down into the waist-level viewfinder fade in and out.
Nikon apparently paid for product placement on the popular program "CSI" at least for a while, which explained the inexplicable fact that week after week the Government Team With the Boundless Budget used an endless stream of different cameras—a big DSLR one week, a small one the next, a mega-zoom digicam the week after that, and so on. And all digital models. But for the most part, TV programs, and commercials especially, that for some reason want to access a photography vibe, use vintage film cameras to do it—even though the driving force behind the desire to include photography in the first place is probably the burgeoning popularity of digital photography.
I know that symbols on TV are just signifiers, and signifiers don't have to be true-to-life. Still, when you notice such things, it jars a bit. Seems off-kilter, somehow.
Featured Comment by David Eaves: "Well I might be going off topic here. In the UK at least the symbol for traffic camera always got me wondering why people recognise this so easily. It doesn't look like a Gatso or any any camera I've owned. I'm not even sure it looks like a real camera; what is it?"