Thanks for the link
I do not believe that Canon's target market for a G1 X is a photography enthusiast or DSLR shooter, but instead its for the G12 user who wants a little more. When you look at it that way, it makes sense except for the price. It is a dissapointment for enthusiasts, that is certain.
I was planning to get one for my wife. She wants nothing to do with changing lenses, or manually setting things. Its made for someone like her, but at a much lower price point, imho, so I have passed it up until the price drops - --a lot!
I also looked at the huge array of mirrorless bodies, and came away disappointed, many had no viewfinder at all, in fact most did not, so the poor G1 X viewfinder is still a step ahead of them. I thought the Nex 7 would be a good choice, but it is way overpriced, and the Nex 5n is nice, but with the klutzy add-on EVF viewfinder, that disappointed me as well. The Nikon V1 is a pretty nice package, but iq no better than her G11, and, again, no viewfinder for the J1, and its huge considering the tiny sensor.
We are still seeing new ideas and innovations, and that is good, but the ideal small body for me is not quite there yet.
However, I don't pretend to be typical small camera user, I have large hands and small pocketbook.
I'm not likely to invest in small interchangable lens bodies unless the lens system is well established, like that of micro four thirds bodies. I don't own a iphone, ipad or the like. Some of the brands will go away, and many will not be in production after we see a shakeout. Even Nikon is not immune to poor sales if they miss the target.
Sony seems to be well placed with their huge manufacturing capacity, and they do seem to be rapidly heading in the right direction. However, they still do not have customer support figured out. Their products are throwaways, there is no support once a model is discontinued. Serious camera owners want support for a $1K+ camera system.