The latest announcements from Canon aren’t exactly receiving a lot of positive feedback in my inbox. The G1 X with an EVF for $1000 seems to be irking a lot of people. For that price, the camera needs to be the absolute best in the segment, and I think that’s going to be a hard thing to achieve.
To a lot of people, the resources put into the G1 X II would have probably been better served by moving the EOS M into the mainstream. The M2 isn’t coming to North America, and I highly doubt a lot of G1 X II cameras are going to sell at the introduction price of $799. When the camera is $499, things will probably be different.
I don't know why you say this. The EOS M might have sold well in Asia from the beginning, but nobody in North America was that interested until it dropped to $300. It sold so poorly that Canon didn't even bother introducing the M2 or the 11-22 lens here. What exactly would "move it into the mainstream" -- other than bargain prices?
The G1X mark I followed the same path as every other product introduced by Canon since the introduction of MAP. It started out at a high price and moved lower over time. The G1X II is going to do the same thing. It is starting out at $799 and it will move cheaper. I don't think it will ever hit $499, except on the super sales and right before the G1X III is announced. The mark I was a very good camera. It still is. The Mark II looks like it will be a great camera.
Comparing these two lines is apples and oranges. I have the G1X because I want to grab an all-in-one, fixed lens, one-hand-operable camera with a big sensor and a decent lens, and a swivel screen. I don't want to buy into a second "system," or buy a camera that I can only use with my EF system lenses via an adapter. The nice thing about point-and-shoots is you don't have to buy into a system. Like Sony's offering better? just buy it and move on. If too many people do that, Canon will shift into a higher gear. If not, they won't.
Could Canon introduce the new/best stuff faster? Sure. Cheaper? Sure. But as long as we keep buying it, then they're going to keep up the same pace, internet complaining aside.
Oh, and I love the external EVF. It means I don't have to buy it. I'm glad the price of the G1XII doesn't include it, because I never wanted it to begin with. Optional. Don't like it? Great, save your money, and move on.