Yeah, I agree with this observation. Practically everyone wields a DSLR these days. It's actually surprising, because to most amateur photographers, I would have thought that size would be the deciding factor, not the functionality that most wouldn't even use, or the added image quality that some wouldn't even notice.
That aside however, if you want to stand out amongst the crowd these days, use one of those small little film SLRs that have a real shutter clunk and a 'Zen-like' film advance lever, manual focus and all. They look great, these vintage film SLRs, and they're really compact most of the time. I used them for a time and it was real fun, a good getaway from the automation of today's cameras, but the film development time and expense really got to me after a while.
Or buy into an older DSLR from the 1-series. I still get glances from photogs when using a 1Ds MKI. People draw near and ask, 'Wow, is that film or digital?'
I hook up old manual focus lenses on the 1Ds as well which gives me the best of both worlds...digital files but the feel of a manual focus lens and camera, and the image quality is just remarkable, by the way. Leica lenses for example, don't cost all that much if you look at it carefully, and I got 3 for the price of a single 24-105L.