I think that this topic, started with an aparently harmless news is indeed pointing some crucial and deep arguments.
This is all the task in itself that is questioned: Where is the limit.
I join completly the gwhitf and bcooter's voices. When all this will end? Wich more gadget involved, wich more complication in order to automatized more, but when the basic, I mean the really basic needs are not covered, and again peripherical solutions that will add more complications than will help.
In some cases? Fine. Why not, But...
The craftman driven by gear, more exactly, "obliged" to do it that way because there is no other good reason than the manufacturer.
It's the world backward, but we know I guess that this world is going backward and accelerating.
All that affects the act of photography in itself.
When I read a Michael Reichmann's article about the "whao" of the I.pad in the task itself, I just remembered that Karl Lagarfeld, when at the head of Chanel, went crazy with a photographer that could not understand according to him the philosophy of the last collection and ended taking the Pentax and doing the edito himself. Nice ambience...
That was in film age, I was in Paris, young...but when I saw the Ipad, I thought that this would have been THE Lagarfeld gadget.
All that mess and distractions are not desirable.
I'm not totally enthousiastic by the new Pentax, but I have to say that it could play another song. If others keep going adding more and more stuff and complications, even if they come with a nice intention, there will be proportionally more and more photographers that will buy the Pentax, for its
simplicity and low cost (that does not mean low IQ).
As it has been mentionned, looking more and being more involved into the action, as it should be.
Less is more.