In "Easy Auto Mode" the camera takes care of the settings for you. However, in "Auto Mode" you can chose your ISO setting, and white balance. As far as shutter speed, there are a few settings in this mode to set your shutter speed to single, continuous, BSS (best shot selector, it keeps taking pictures as long as you hold the button down and saves only best shots) and multishot 16, which takes up to 16 shots in one burst.
I can not answer the question directly, but I would suggest the party go to the Nikon web site and try to pull up the Reference Manual for this camera. There is a section called "Easy Auto Mode" that may address this issue. It is to detailed for me to included it in this response.