ALLISON JOHNSON, DPREVIEW:
Traditional camera manufacturers fail beginner photographers over and over.
They'll gladly sell you a camera with a kit lens, but they've struggled to help beginners with any of the challenges that come after taking it out of the box.
It's not for lack of trying; every manufacturer has some form of beginner-friendly mode that will tell you how to open the aperture wider for sharp subjects with blurry backgrounds. But when you put a slow kit lens on a typical entry-level camera, you quickly find that there's more to it than just opening or closing the aperture.
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