This question comes up a lot and while the classic line: “The camera doesn’t matter, the photographer takes the picture” is true, there's a reason Canon sells 15 different styles of cameras. Every camera offers different features and can be best suited for certain skill levels, so here are my picks for the best cameras for beginners.
First off, choosing a DSLR over a point and shoot offers you versatility. A DSLR can do everything a typical point and shoot can do but the opposite can’t be said. If this is your first camera you’ll want to start with a slightly used DSLR, either the Nikon D5100 or Canon T3i will do everything you could ask for.
Try to get one with a kit lens. The kit lenses aren’t great but they’ll get the job done while keeping you from spending an arm and a leg. Upgrade only when you hit a limit with your current gear.
Be wary of “too good to be true” deals on used cameras. I only buy my used gear from KEH.com or bhphotovideo.com, they go through every camera top to bottom before it’s sold. There can be a lot hard to spot problems if you go the Craigslist or eBay route. Consider yourself warned.
If you’re in the market for a new camera the Nikon D3300 or Canon Rebel T5i will suit you nicely. They both have tons of features and shoot 1080p video and will allow you to grow your skills before stepping up to another class of camera.
Choosing the “Right” camera doesn’t matter much if you don’t know how to use it. This is where that quote from the beginning kicks in. It’s up to you to learn about aperture, framing, composition, perspective, etc....The basics. Photography is far less about the camera, than it is the technique. Learn about light, (google the golden hour) and learn to take photos from multiple perspectives, play with settings (do your research first), and you will get great photos.
Tips: Once you chose a brand of camera it’s best to stick with it. You can transfer lenses from camera to camera in the same brand, so invest in better lenses rather than getting a new camera every year. Also don’t forget extra batteries and SD cards.