The auto mode is pretty good. Ironically it is better for me so far with the included kit lens than with another lens I have. Keep in mind that if you come across really over/under-exposed shots, you'll quickly learn why. Sometimes 'spot metering' should be used, but 99% of the time, full-auto works surprisingly well.
You did not like the canon? I would have thought their auto is okay.
The shot is a tad dark but what do you expect at 7am
Full auto: used a flash, full auto.