I am still having trouble getting over how ugly the Sony α Alpha is -- Essentially it is a sardine-can with a lens attached -- but there are now screenshots of the menu appearing, and the menu looks very nice.
If the menu does indeed turn out to be a touch-screen, as many believe, then I may have to get over my dislike of it's 1970s (Ark II, anyone?) styling.**
So far I have not seen any pics of it with its flash extended. It looks like there is a flash that swings up from the surface of the camera (and menus confirm there IS a flash). There appears to be *no flash mount*, which is a risky move but is in keeping with the sardine-can aesthetic.
The lack of a flash mount makes me expect that this will be priced for the casual consumer.
**I've looked hard at the camera and the menus, and I'm now of the opinion now that it is *not* a touch screen. The curved slider that looks as if it might be a touch-area that you could "sweep" your finger across is adjacent to a circular button area on the camera itself, so chances are you "sweep" the button not the screen. Similarly, the BACK and SHOOT TIPS items on the screen are directly adjacent to physical buttons on the camera.
Not a touch screen. But still a nice looking menu.