Mikehit said:First of all you say what your friends want is something better than their smartphone but not wanting the size of a DSLR, so you automatically say that to achieve that that have to jump straight to a 2,000$ FF and that MFT is not good enough.
no. read what i wrote.
i say: many people I know will accept APS-C as *minimum sensor size* for visibly and significantly better IQ than the currently best smartphones. And they are buying compact APS-C MILC systems - IF their preferred brand has them. So, Canon EOS M yes. Nikon not (yet). Many would also be willing to buy compact mirrorless FF gear in the 6D II / D610 price bracket - especially IF their preferred brand would offer them and they could use existing DSLR FF glass with a simple, fully functional adapter.
Most of the people I know would rather not switch to Sony due to less than optimal user interface and lack of decent "affordable" FE lenses.
re. mFT: gear is too big relative to APS-C and even FF. Just look at that OMD-EM1 / III - as large as a FF Sony A7 (1st gen) and larger than any Canon EOS M body with APS-C sensor. Additionally mFT gear is either dated and cheap like most of the "Pen" stuff or "functionally decent" but way too pricey relative to mirrorless APS-C - e.g. Canon EOS M / EF-M system. It is not only me seeing things this way, it is the market at large. See market shares for Olympus and Panasonic.
Some "lower end", inexpensive mFT gear might possible make sense IF it was as small as 1" cameras or like Nikon 1 system (CX sensor).