Great conversation going on here, gentlemen!
Daniel, yes, there have been some advances in technology that I find indispensible, particularly IBIS. I also lean into the metering advances heavily these days too. But I hear what Alan and Chris are saying about how technology has made some modern cameras overly complex, to the point where using them becomes more of a frustration than a pleasure.
My G9 Panasonic bodies are a good example. It has taken me a long time to come to grips with them and I still find mysef scratching my head at some of the ways they have implemented technology in those cameras. In the first minutes of ownership I accidentally tapped on the Japanese or Chinese menu and it literally took me hours to try and reset the camera back to the point where I could choose English as the main language.
If that wasn't bad enough, a friend of my sons was handling the camera and somehow managed to put it into "night mode" where everything on the rear screen turns red. Good grief, did that one cause me massive angst! Fortunately I eventually figured out that he had flipped a switch on the front of the camera that had been set to enable this mode (I had no recollection of doing this when setting the custom buttons and dials).
Anyway, great topic, guys!