After reading many of the replies in this thread, a philosophical question came to mind.
Not sure which other poster wrote about his experience of recommending a camera to his friend. But the gist of it was that his buddy didn't seem interested in the a6000/mirrorless setup at all. This attitude towards mirrorless I believe is still very prevalent outside of the enthusiast/amateur/pro market here.
So my question is, knowing that this is still the general attitude of the bulk of the market in the US, could it be that Canon/Nikon have not gone all in on a mirrorless system offering simply because they don't want to validate to the mass market what all the other companies are doing?
Could it be that if Canon/Nikon started seriously pushing into the mirrorless market in the US that they would only be shooting themselves in the foot by leading the public to believe that this is now the way to go? or that it is a potentially better or more viable option?
Yes, that was indeed what I was getting at! A lot of people still look to Canon and Nikon to set the trends. Non gear heads who just want to take a pic of their family on vacations and want something better than a compact. What is the first thing that pops into their head? I need one of those bigger fancy cameras because bigger = better. Naturally that idea becomes a DSLR. It's how I got into photography. I didn't think "You know what I need? A Mirrorless camera system". I didn't even know what that was until I started geeking out.
For me the mirrorless market is geared toward the professional and enthusiast who already knows how to take good pictures but is looking for an alternative or second body to complement their DSLR. These people are aware of new tech and how best to utilize it.
It was only after I bought the EOS M (and only so I could have an opinion based on fact) that I realized the possible benefits of mirrorles. I though it would be gimmicky and I'd end up selling it. I love it now and it gets used a lot. I find myself explaining to my friends that it's got the same sensor as their APS-C sized DSLR, and guess what? They don't seem impressed because they have no clue what that means! But they are impressed with the IQ! That's good enough for me!