tx for the comprehensive review, I agree w/most of your points.
Have had it for 3 months and added the M -18-55 IS STM
IQ is on the par w/the 60D, 650D, etc. 18-55 (M) clearly better build and better IQ than the 18-55 EF-S II.
Size is great as a second body or carry around. I don't miss the flash. A built in would be so small and close to the lens it would be useless. I bought a Sunpak for about 39.00. I "autobracket" a lot and I find that it's actually faster 2 get the 3 frames off than on the D series and of course much much quieter.
I hate the controls/menu system. Shifting back and forth from the D-series, I can't train myself to press the right buttons on the M. It's almost random. Sometimes you press "info" once, sometimes twice. So many ways to change settings, but none of them intuitive. I don't like the fact that you can't see the highlight warning light blink when image is full screen. That's same on the Rebel Series, but on the on the D's you can see it. Would like more ISO choices(eg,640...not just 400,800) and more custom functions.
Agree that a hinged screen would make this much more useful for overhead shots, etc
Don't like image review/playback. doesn't seem to be a button to zoom(pinch to zoom works)
Overall happy w/the investment. If an improved version came out, I'd consider it in a couple of years. In essence, the custom functions,etc are more in line w/the Rebels than the D's and would like to see it ratched up.