Some sites have put an interesting slant on this. Essentially they see it as a plea for customers to delay buying an Olympus, Fuji, Nikon, Sony, Samsung mirrorless until they can see what Canon has in store. Assuming Canon has something in store....
By the way, has anyone noticed the new Fuji X-Pro 1
? I can't wait to see some reviews on that. It looks like it might be a great, little camera. This is the sort of thing I hope Canon brings out.
i think mirrorless is for most "normal" customers
That's a good way to think about it. Sometimes you just want to go out and take some photos and micro four thirds is "good enough". Plus, mirrorless cameras have some beneficial features. I took my children to the Brisbane Planetarium and Botanic Gardens yesterday. What did I take? An EPL-1 with kit lens and a Minolta 135mm. The 135mm effectively becomes a really compact, light, image stabilized
270mm f2.8 in micro four thirds talk. Great for carrying around all day and ideal for photographing slow moving turtles and lizards. Is the image quality as good as my Canons? Maybe not. But with a well exposed photo, I can't see any real problems.
Given that Canon has such market dominance with P&S cameras with such a wide variety of models, I'm amazed that Canon doesn't have a model that is ideal for people like your parents. That is, better image quality than a P&S, but with a good fixed / zoom / kit lens for people that wouldn't want to buy any additional lenses or accessories. Let's see how the G1X does.