There are hundreds of settings on an SLR camera that even a pro photographer isn't going to touch routinely if ever
Nearly all of those are buried in a specific submenu.
And there are settings they do use with some regularity that are hard to get at and/or difficult to customize
Subjective. Each setting on my camera that isn't hotkeyed to the thumbwheel is equally easy to customise and no more than 2 clicks of the d pad in.
The fact that they've learned to use a crap interface with the greatest possible efficiency doesn't change the fact that it's still crap.
The fact that you think an interface that exposes all options of a camera to the user in the field is crap doesn't change the fact that many people think it's perfectly good.
Even if only pros used it a better interface benefits them most of all.
Better in who's opinion? The wedding photographer who has two different bodies on his shoulder which now has menu settings that are different? Changing the menu structure would instantly see a revolt in professional circles. The fact that I picked up my new camera and straight away knew how to access every setting except for the video settings which I had never seen before is more of an indication of a "good interface" than any change you could come up with.
Probably >80% rarely if ever get touched even by the pros.
Which pro? Do you speak for all of them? There are settings I use that very few people would, such as adjusting the shutter delay mode. There are settings I've never touched but I know people who change them on a shot by shot basis.
There are a lot of features you could not possibly change faster than the time it takes to pull out a cell phone
You're assuming that I can get to my cell phone. Am carrying a cell phone, want to drag along a cell phone, am even able to access my cell phone (does it work at a underwaterdepth of 40m? My camera does?)
I'm not suggesting everything be offloaded but I think it's pretty safe to take something like the filename formatting out of the camera menu.
I'm glad you brought that up as an example. Nikon made that feature easier to access when they added more colour space modes to the D2H at the request of photographers. They also added quick shortcuts (hold down ? while turning on the camera) to quick advance the folder naming scheme because people were upset at how long it was taking to traverse through a menu to change the recording structure in the field.
And frankly the argument that every feature of a camera needs to be in a menu just doesn't match reality. NOBODY needs every possible feature of the camera on the little screen. NOBODY is going to change a lot of those settings "quickly while holding the camera with both hands". Some they will. Most they will not.
Thankyou for speaking for everyone. Not. And screw you for suggesting I need to carry something around with me and tether it to my camera to change a setting that you think I don't find important. Oh man I wish I was so ignorant to know everything better.