I don't know where it's going, but I'm glad I'm not at the helm. Mention of the F got me to thinking: between the F and the release of the F2 over 10 years went by. The non-film industry does not have that luxury. Every six months or less seems to be the norm.
Looking at dSLRs and compacts from now and then, my guess is that the camera will do just about everything for the end user. Four years ago non-film cameras took pictures for you, now they have millions of pre-set "scenes" and in-camera adjustment ability. I wonder if end users will end up like the humans in Wall-E: fat, immobile and stoic because the plastic box does everything for them.
Or maybe not.