I know this question is old but if you’re still reading responses I’d like to offer my 2 cents.
I was a Minolta user in the film days because I found their cameras intuitive and they felt good in my hands. I also stuck with them when they transitioned to digital and to their sale to Sony. Although, my first digital was an Oly C5050 fixed zoom which I thought was and is a magnificent camera.
As I eluded to I now shoot Sony although I’ve not moved to the E mounts. I use an A99M2 full frame and A77M2 crop sensor.
Your question makes me think of a discussion topic I just started, I asked if anyone ever shoots without using the LCD just using the viewfinder?
My suggestion to you if you want simple without going back to film is after you do initial setup turn the LCD around! Don’t use it! The beauty of Sony A-mount cameras is that almost all settings are available by dials on the camera and those that require deep dive can be added to the Fn button or one of the custom buttons, of which the A99M2 has 2 and the A77M2 has 1, and there are 3 programmable memory spots that are also available on the top left hand dial. BTW, the Fn button is viewable through the viewfinder.