Excuse me for coming off ignorant, but what is with all the hype over mirror-less cameras. I'm serious, what am I missing? I get the part of less mechanical, maybe higher shutter speeds (maybe not), but what about the loss of a "real" viewfinder?
Please, someone enlighten me.
It looks like it will be APS-C which is a great start. If Canon learned lessons from other manufacturers, this could be very useful. All of the following are possible with mirrorless:
1. Phase detection Autofocus from the Nikon 1 (some pixels on the image sensor dedicated to phase detection autofocus). This allows for SLR autofocus speed AND use of the full image sensor for face detection and intelligent metering. It also allows for fast autofocus during video.
2. Controls designed for DSLR users. Like the X100 or G1X.
3. Compact size and weight. Will fit in a coat pocket with a pancake prime.
4. Some sharp pancake primes + EF/EF-S adapter.
5. Fast frame rate like the Nikon 1 (no mirror to move). This combined with in-camera HDR could be very useful.
Nikon has some great technology in the Nikon 1, but the made a fundamental mistake in their target audience:
The person who says, "I don't want to learn photography", and "I'm happy with the image quality and DOF of a small sensor", is the last person who wants to buy more lenses for a camera.
Nikon would have a big hit if they gave the Nikon 1 controls like an X100, and an APS-C sensor. Hopefully Canon has learned from Nikon's mistakes.