Hi Brian, I think you've made a very important point. It seems such a shame to include Live View facilities, then not see it through to its ultimate conclusion with a flip-out screen - but then I'd also like to see flip-out screens on every superzoom too!
This is one of the reasons Panasonic's L10 DSLR looks interesting - not just for the contrast based AF, but also the flip-out screen. See:
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panas ... x_DMC-L10/
Also, if the sensor is capable of delivering a 30fps live video feed, why not also fit a movie mode? Another question for another time...