I have been equally impressed with this little camera and can't for the life of me work out why it gets such a bad press.
Thanks! I think it got bad press because perhaps the reviewers expected more from Canon in that they were the last ones to come to the party and therefore should, in theory, have had more time to do proper R&D...and generally there seems to be a bit of Canon sensor bashing going around, which I believe is not entirely based on fact but on the other hand I believe strong competition is the only way to push companies to do better...
But what held me back initially was the price, reported slow AF and lack of viewfinder .
I bought mine the minute the price came down and I got the whole package including the 22f2, flash, and lens adapter.
I have a rule that I try not to buy anything before I have tested it, and in the shop I was not unduly put of by the 'slow' af and the lens looked sharp on the stores monitor. But it just shows that one shouldnt believe averything you read the Af didint seem to be half as slow as everyone claimed..
What drew me to it was the possibility of having an inexpensive backup camera, the flash wich could also be used as a 'master' to trigger my other speedlights and the adapter that made it possible to use al my other lenses.
I also already had an OVF that would fit so the thought of using it for my personal photography was appealing.
I come from a Leica X1 experience and let me tell you compared to that camera the Eos M is like a Ferrari and that was before the firmware update! So I suppose my expectations werent that high to begin with...but I have been pleasantly surprised all around and at the moment I think its the bargain of the year.
BUT, I have not looked at any of the other mirrorless cameras out there and I can t really say how the M compares. I was quite drawn to the new Fuji X100s, but have put that on hold until I see what the next Eos M looks like...and I am hoping it will have a decent viewfinder and even faster AF....but at the moment I am extremly pleased with the performance of the Eos M.