I've been looking at picking up a CSC to complement my DSLR for when I don't feel like lugging all my kit around with me, and have been following the market closely for the last few months. I've been going round and round comparing specs and haven't really got any closer to deciding between the different options. At the moment though, the Nikon V1 and Sony NEX-7 are at the top of my wish list, mainly due to their in-built EVFs, which I think I would miss on the lower-end models.
The large range of MFT lenses available makes it quite an attractive system overall, but none of the bodies from Panasonic or Olympus really do anything for me. In contrast, I really like the look of the V1 and NEX-7 in terms of performance and features, though they both have their drawbacks. One drawback common to both cameras is the lack of lenses available for each. The Nikon 1 system has just launched, and while the lenses already released are of a decent standard, there aren't many to choose from. There are a few more E-mount lenses available, but all of them are too large for the NEX system to really be considered a 'compact' system, despite the small size of the bodies. They really need some decent small, fast primes IMO - the only one currently available is only 2.8 and is borderline UWA, let alone the fact that the performance is pretty dire. I honestly don't know whether Sony is that out of touch with market demands or whether they are just not capable of making them.
Coming back to the V1 though, and my main concern isn't the comparatively small sensor (I had my doubts initially but after seeing the real-world performance of the sensor and I've been quite impressed by it), it's whether Nikon is going to take the system seriously and release a camera that caters for enthusiasts instead of pandering to the masses. Even the higher end, expensive V1 lacks any form of advanced controls - far removed from the triple controls dials on the NEX-7.
Anyway, that's probably enough incoherent rambling for now. I guess my main questions are the ones no one will know the answer to, but I will ask them anyway as I feel they are the most important in making my decision and I would be interested to hear other's opinions on them: do you think Sony will improve their lens lineup to include a smaller, more diverse range of fast(er) primes and zooms, and will Nikon ever take the 1 system seriously and make it more appealing for more advanced users instead of, for the want of a better phrase, the 'Apple crowd'?