In an ever-growing universe of great beginner-friendly DSLRs, Sony's a58 is the most accommodating. Novices will appreciate the bright OLED electronic viewfinder (which displays the active exposure and color corrections that an optic viewfinder doesn't) and the rapid shooting speed (which lets shooters capture five full-resolution shots per second) that still allows for autofocusing. When in doubt, just shoot everything. [$600 (with 18mm–55mm lens); store.sony.com]
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