But even with the EVF they are smaller, lighter, and more compact. Mission accomplished, no?
Agree. Many of us don't want to take a picture at arms length and have become accustomed to the viewfinder as a means of composing, and also as a means of anchoring the camera for slow shutter speeds. EVIL has accomplished all of that and more, in a smaller size. Now you can choose to get histogram and other info in the viewfinder, negating the need to ever look away from it. <grin>.
I haven't had an opportunity to look at an EVF yet. I heard they aren't quite up to the view I can see out of my D700 yet.
Another reason I am holding off is the IQ. I am not convinced it is as good as D700 yet. I know the sensors in the best of them are a bit more advanced in high ISO, but they are also smaller pixels. Not sure why but I think that matters in IQ.
It remains to be seen if EVIL can make a full frame sensor. I don't think they can, without making the body, or at least the lenses bigger again. And that would diminish their reason for being.