Canon's PowerShot G7 camera rediscovers retro

If you're like me, you weep when you see digital cameras that have the design sense of the "lumpy leviathan" (you know, the kind with loads of fancy parts sticking out over here, supposedly connected to those other high-tech parts over there). But I'm not weeping this time, because I've been overwhelmed by the PowerShot G7's "wet black matte finish." Also alluring are the "leather-toned grip" and a crazy "metallic-finish bayonet ring." Are these luxurious design features worth the estimated selling price of $600 (plus tax), you ask? They just might be, if you consider that this tiny package (20% lighter than the G7's predecessor, the PowerShot G6) packs 10 megapixels and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. You might shed a tear that it doesn't have a futuristic touchscreen, but I stand firmly with Canon in marketing a camera that caters to nostalgia. All in all, the G7 is definitely in the running and come October, you, too, can decide how much you're willing to pay for quasi-retro.