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I'm looking for a DSLR camera to click some really crisp pics on my upcoming Europe trip.

Now I'm not a very quick or motivated learner and will primarily be shooting in AUTO mode only for the foreseeable future! So I want the DSLR which provides the best AUTO mode.

Amongst the key features I'd want is

  • I want fast capture time with proper focus(so they can click pictures while moving in a bus or a train)
  • Good low-light pictures when shooting at night time.

Currently I'm inclined towards the Sony's Alpha58 series. How do the Canon's (600D/700D) and Nikon's (3200D/5100D) stack up against it ?

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    Questions asking for general product recommendations are off-topic because they tend to go out of date quickly. FWIW, any entry level DSLR will produce fairly decent images in Auto mode. – ElendilTheTall Aug 20 '14 at 8:41
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    there is no "best". – jwenting Aug 20 '14 at 8:43
  • You have to be very specific in what you ask of you don't want the question closed. Asking about what brand is the best is not on topic (photo.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic). The question may be saved by rephrasing it if you have very specific requirements of the auto mode. If you don't have specific requirements any entry level camera will be perfect I think. – Hugo Aug 20 '14 at 8:44
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Every single DSLR will have an Auto mode that's good enough for your needs. Yes, Sony A58 got slightly more elaborate auto mode than the competitors (in a matter a fact it actually has two auto modes: green and orange) but for a vast majority of photographs - it won't make a difference you'd ever notice.

A58 got one advantage from a perspective of someone totally new to the photography in it's EVF - you can see how more-or-less exposure will look like on a final photograph before releasing a shutter, and that really can help you avoid over/under exposed pictures in difficult lighting conditions (eg. when you shoot someone in a shadow on bright, sunlit background). Though to fully take an advantage of that - you'd want to learn how to use exposure compensation.

Something that will make a difference for your low-light pictures and a speed of autofocus is lens. You'd probably want to do one of two things:

  • Buy bright (f/2.8) zoom lens and use it as your primary lens (you can leave kit at home or just skip it all together and buy body-only) - for example new Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 HSM C ; Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 HSM or Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 - read some reviews and look up the prices to see what you can afford.
  • Buy a prime lens on top of your standard kit. I'd recommend one of the 30 or 35mm f/1.8 lenses (for Sony there's excellent Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM) - shooting prime lens is a lesson on it's own, but it'll give you results you won't be able to achieve with a zoom, and shoot in much worse lighting conditions than with standard kit zoom (f/3.5-5.6).

Lenses and lighting in general are two keys to the photography.

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