Hi. I was in the same situation as you early this year. I started with Canon's top of the line compact S series, and it was a fun little toy, but the IQ left me wanting more. It seemed only a minor improvement over smart phone cameras. I had a G series before, but at that size and price I tried the Fuji X-M1, then X-E2, and even a x100s, while all great, they still didn't do it for me 100%. I'm not a fan of m43's, and the Sony Nex A6000 is nice, but limited with lenses.
So I went for the SL1 and it's been a blast! With a small lens, it's so fun and convenient and keeps the DSLR skills sharp!