what an epic fail....
i only hope canon will do it right.
I think it is difficult to put a foot right in this segment. It seems that CSCs have only really caught on in the Japanese market, while the rest of the world has so far been sitting on the fence.
The lower end of the market could probably not care less about interchangeable lenses - they are perfectly happy with a compact. The higher end of the market insists on image quality - these users already have DSLRs and need a pocketable camera. Until something really good comes along they will probably rather stick with a G12 (or similar). That leaves a small group in the middle who probably see current EVIL offerings as good option.
I think a challenge here as well is that the market for users who want a large sensor and fast lenses is an extremely small niche. That makes it difficult for manufacturers to put anything decent in the market.
For myself, I would be interested in something with an APS-C sensor, a selection of fast prime wide angles and a proper accessory hotshoe (so that I can use my existing speedlites or off-camera flash). The problem is that the mass market is demanding zooms with the biggest possible zoom ratio. Most of us reading these forums shudder at the thought of the knock that image quality takes with a 10x zoom. But we are a minority.
If I want a light system with interchangeable lenses, right now I am still probably best off dusting off my 350D, or getting my act together getting my Zeiss Ikon overhauled... (OK the Zeiss is not that light.)
In a way, I feel for the camera manufacturers - this is a market segment where whatever they do, they seem bound to get it wrong.