"Currently there is a trend towards designing premium compact cameras like classic cameras. However, Canon has kept its distance from this trend."
—Canon Inc. of Tokyo, from the PDF brochure Story of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Development
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Jayson Merryfield: "Of course Canon does retro: every recent Canon camera I’ve ever seen looks just like this relic from 1989."
Rob L: "Canon created a really solid design language with the T90 and then EOS. It's a real tribute to them that a 1989 EOS user can pick up a current camera and set the important things without a manual—or relearning muscle memory. They may have made a dramatic, break-all-compatibility move with the EOS line, but they have stayed true to it ever since."
GH: "I'm not currently shooting any of their cameras, but Sony seems to do a nice job of combining 'retro' control sensibility with modern designs with the likes of the NEX-6.
"On a side note, I see the word hipster being thrown around as a denigrating term, as in some of the comments below, and I can't help but wonder why photographers, as aspiring visual artists themselves, would care to make fun of people who care about style, design and art. I wouldn't be considered a hipster, at least not by someone from the city, but, as a visual artist, I certainly care about the look and design of everything around me...although, like the rest of my non-hipster brethren, I could probably learn how to dress."