Thats what I'm saying Marsu. With the right settings I don't think the AF is really all that bad. I wouldn't recommend it to my mum, because she would want it just to work out the box, and I take the point that every review, every forum and everybody who has read a forum (and even those who haven't touched an M) says..
Out the box with the flexi zone left to auto, it's slow and it hunts.
With a dabble in the menus, point select, AF+MF enabled and continual focus switched off, it is about 65x better.
Now I know that 99% of the target users probably aren't going to get beyond A mode. But for folk who used EOS before, who know what the AF settings mean, you can get better results out of the AF.
Thanks Paul for your number of posts about the EOS M. I must admit I didn't go into the menus of the EOS M (but I did for the 100D and 700D DSLRs, which I was quite quickly familiar with).
I had picked up the EOS M as a 'end of my visit to the store' thing - and to be fair to the EOS M, I didn't go through and 'limit all the variables' for AF (like I also do for my DSLRs). I would have
Maybe I will go back to the store and use the menus another time. Some staff in that store know me from some visits / former purchases, and they are all usually very accommodating in letting customers use the camera at length in store.
At the end of the day I think I have been spoiled by the 7D's AF (I agree with you, Paul, that too many ppl have overstated the 7D's low ISO noise and "AF issues" - none of which have been show stoppers for me). But I might have another look at the EOS M - but think that a DSLR is a better 'fit' for my girlfriend (also with my range of Canon EF and EF=S lenses).