o.k., so after reading all the stories about the EOS-M here, my daughter and I took a 30 minute ride to West Palm Beach where the Pro Shop had it in stock. I took my S100 with me to see "how they compared" as I see this camera being more of a replacement to my S100 for simple snapshots and the like.
1. This camera is not a replacement for a DSLR - I don't believe it was ever intended to be. It is not even a second body or back up to a DSLR.
2. The touch screen AF does work pretty well. Even my 11 year old was able to use it.
3. While it may not be as fast as other systems or a DSLR (and was not even as fast as the S100 in many situations), the AF with the touchscreen was acceptable for what I would (and what I think most of the users of the camera) use it for.
4. The video mode was very good (in my limited testing) and I can easily see using this at school events, birthday parties or even family gatherings.
To quote Roger at Lensrentals.com
"Will it replace an OM-D or SLR for my everyday shooting? Absolutly not; its AF is too slow and there aren’t many native lenses yet. But will I tuck it in my wife’s purse when we go to holiday parties, and take it on trips for snapshots? Sure. Sometimes those kind of shots are great and with this image quality I could easily make a large print if I wanted to."
Yes, there may be "better" P&S cameras out there and while the EOS-M may not do everything well, the image quality, video mode AND the ability to use my 40 pancake, the 270ex flash and even the 50 1.8 make it a good alternative to a P&S for me.
Now, the question is why is Canon selling better "kits" (DigitalRev and CameraCanada both have better kits than anyone in the US) abroad and has anyone bought from one of these companies and shipped here?