Retro styled cameras seem to be the “in” style right now. Fujifilm has really pushed the old styling on their cameras, and as we all know, Nikon released the Df recently as well. Those of you Canon shooters out there that were hoping for a retro design from Canon better not hold your breath, at least if you believe this statement from Canon.

“Currently there is a trend towards designing premium compact cameras like classic cameras. However, Canon has kept its distance from this trend. As a result, the design is not pretentious, and it also does not look like a so-called compact camera, and achieves a great balance between traditional and new.”

The above quote was found on page 14 of an extensive product brochure released by Canon regarding the new G1 XII and its development. It pretty clearly states that Canon is not interested in, and has specifically kept its distance from the retro styling trend.

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If you are a fan of the retro styling and were hoping for a Canon contribution, this pretty much says that is not going to happen. If you are not a fan of retro styling, then this is likely seen as good news, so you are not forced into buying a retro styled camera in order to upgrade to the latest tech.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it is smart or foolish of Canon to stay away from the retro styling? Share your thoughts in a comment below to join the discussion.

[via Photo Rumors]