As a longtime Canon user, these comments are very discouraging. Canon is like the tail trying to wag the dog (the market) and it's just not working. The EOS M is a flawed product and for Canon to base any type of market strategy on its sales is equally flawed.
The low-end of the point-and-shoot market will succumb to smartphones, but big-sensor compacts have a lot of life left in them. As long as they aren't slow as molasses. As long as they aren't as big as entry-level SLRs.
Like Vartkes, I have a Sony RX100 (I passed on the M and the G1 X) and it's a marvel. The last time I even touched my Canon SLRs was to make sure they were secure in the camera bags I'd placed them in before putting them in my closet.
arscii: To the uninitiated the DPR review process seems astonishingly dysfunctional. I would have thought it in their own interests to have something like a review production line churning out reviews on a regular, scheduled basis. Instead, it seems to be mostly event driven with parts of reviews being dripped out apparently at random.
This has created an opportunity for the many and various competitors in the market place. Whereas once upon a time DPR was the 800lb gorilla in the review market, today it's becoming just another review site.
Even to the initiated, it's looking unappealingly piecemeal. I've been a longtime reader of this site and find the changes it's undergone in the past few years the exact opposite of improvements. Phil Askey could be a little slow getting to new models, but his reviews were the standard to which other sites aspired. The new reviews lack his authoritative voice. And the random "industry news" items are junk I can get elsewhere.
looker: And by "mirrorless", you mean point and shoot? I'm scanning through pages and pages here on DP, trying to find out what the difference between "mirrorless" and point and shoot is. Apparently, just a psychological marketing distinction based on a premium price.
The biggest differences are sensor size and the ability to switch lenses. The controls can be very P&S-like, but in my experience, the sensor makes for notable improvements in image quality, especially in low light.