Hi there - please excuse my ignorance. At the moment, professional photography seems like a mine-field of information and digits. I am looking at upgrading from a point-and-shoot user to a cross-over camera. I have looked into the Nikon J1 but I don't believe it fits my needs. I'm looking for an easy to use, not necessarily DSLR, with an affordable price tag. My main requirement is for taking portraits, and the soft background which apparently requires a good sensor? I'm not too into wide angle or zoom lenses but really like macro shots. I'd like a user friendly camera for under £500, with lots of auto settings, but with the option for manual aperture settings for the soft backgrounds.
As I say I'm only at a point-and-shoot stage at the moment but looking to improve my knowledge with an easy camera to allow for this growth and much better shots. Any ideas?