Never used the G1X before. However the focusing is quite similar to what you illustrated.
Nope. Don't think there's an electronic distance scale. In fact, never found a need for distance scale display.
Here are some reviews of the EOS-M:
LensRentals.com - EOS-M First Impressions
Love the shot of the EOS-M with the Sigma 800/5.8 IS attached in this one. Fairly candid review too about the slow AF and agree totally with the conclusion of the quality of the images being one of the best for a...
I'm having a blast with the EOS-M kit at the moment. Yar, I know I know. Kit lenses are supposed to suck. But I'd never seen metallic kit lenses that well-built before (both 22/2 and 18-55/5-5.6). Simply a joy to use.
The fact that the ergonomic of this camera is so intuitive and the...