So, I did a little exercise where I got a wide range of cameras and then organised these into what I thought looked most like a camera and what didn't. I also find this quite difficult and I should of really done this with several people and my user group so I could get some feedback and comments.
But otherwise what I did find is that a camera can easily be identified by a lens. If something has a lens then people will automatically assume that it's a camera. This is a big feature in what a camera looks like and I will incorporate this into my design. This will not only allow users to identify and understand the product but also help give my design orientation!!
-Above:the far end of the scale (least camera like)
-Below: The area where I see the style, form and function of the camera fitting