This is the other comment I wanted to highlight:
Gordon Lewis: "What I find most interesting is how Hasselblad opted for a minimalist user interface, with only a single dial and six buttons, including the shutter and on/off buttons. Everything else is apparently accessed via touchscreen menus. Contrast this with something like the Nikon Dƒ, which is bristling with buttons, dials, and switches. How ironic would it be for a $9,000 camera for pros to be faster and easier to use than a $2,750 camera for enthusiasts?"
Leica started it. The S has the courage to be simple. Relatively.
I personally believe that simple is the next frontier. Not for every camera and not for every photographer, of course—not even most, most likely—but radical simplicity married to high quality has just not been tried at anything like a real-world price point. I think there's a pent-up market for it out there, and I suspect a lot of potential customers for cameras have already drifted outside of the potential customer base due to the lack of radically simple cameras as an available option.
I would like to see the same camera come to market in relatively feature-laden and relatively feature-free variants. We're already seeing configurable cameras, which is a step in more or less that direction.
The variety within complicated cameras masks the degree to which the market is not offering sufficient choices. No affordable B&W options, no affordable simple options, no native square sensors, on and on. I can personally think of four or five perfectly rational camera products that no one would think are odd or strange, that don't currently exist.
(Thanks to Gordon)
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Eolake: "Good points on both your two latest posts. By the way, I think Danish medium-format camera maker Phase One had the simpler four-button interface before Leica came out with it."
robert e: "For me, simplicity is a large part of the appeal of Fuji's X cameras. I'd been missing shutter speed dials for forever before the X came along. Set up right, and with a lens with an aperture ring, they can be as simple to use as a complex camera can be while still allowing proper control over the key parameters (at least in the opinion of one who thinks all-manual cameras are simple). By 'proper' I mean instant, direct, and with analogous tactile, visual and audible feedback (or a perfect simulation of such). The fact that controls can be meaningful (to borrow a concept from Donald Norman via Charles Lanteigne) is too often overlooked."