4. Easy Operation. Manuals? We didn't even have them on the Alaska trip-the camera is that new. While it would have been great to delve into the deepest regions of the Alpha's functions with a manual in hand, I didn't miss it a whole lot. Operation is quite intuitive. The button array is much like you see on other DSLRs, but one nice difference is the control dial on top that lets you quickly access the menus for-and set-ISO, white balance, flash, and more. It didn't take me long to get comfortable with the camera, and even in the heat of shooting, I never faced menu fumbling. Considering that the Alpha lists for $999 with the kit lens, a lot of DSLR newbies will be buying it. They won't be frustrated.