Reading Michael's review, I find myself wondering how it can be that camera makers such a Leica, far from new kids on the block, seem to be unable to build a new camera from the ground up, and put there all the knowledge that they must, surely(?) have from their experience over the decades. Would it be asking too much to expect them to know what makes a small, simpler/cheaper camera useful?
For me, the first stumbling block is any system where you have to hold a camera out in front of you at arm's length to have any idea of what you are framing: it not only looks stupid, but apart from anything else, I need to wear glasses to read and would have to put them on when they would otherwise be unnecessary. Okay, you can buy a separate OVF, but if you admit it is required, why not just incorporate it in the first place? Pocketable. Does this have to be so literal a description and is it even that important to be able stick it in a small pocket? I mean, are we playing at secret agents?
Perhaps the problem is something beyond the camera; perhaps it's Mercedes building an A Class, just something I see as a cynical struggle to spread the web for market share, the hell with the effect on the standing of the marque.