First I will ask you, what type of photography are you interested and what is your budget. If you are just starting and have a low budget, buy the newest camera you can afford with the stock lens (wide angle 18-55mm and telephoto 55-200mm or similar lens).
Nikon, Canon or Sony are at the top in technology and will give you more options of equipment to grow.
Invest properly. Would you buy a 5 year old computer? Apply that mentality when buying your camera. You want the newest technology, better ISO, better screen, newest features, right? In daylight all cameras will produce great images, in low light the newer cameras will outperform the older.
If you travel a lot, invest on a versatile lens, 18-200mm or 18-300mm or the Sigma 18-250mm (great lens at a great price ±$300) this will offer you a wider focal length range (wide angle and telephoto in one lens). That way you will only carry one lens and won’t be missing shoots by changing lenses. With time you will be investing in higher quality lens. Lens with big apertures F1.2, F1.4, F1.8 or F2.8 (they are expensive and worth more than your camera sometimes). LENSES ARE YOUR BEST INVESTMENTS, Once you get to try them, you will see the difference and you will never want to let them go. Cameras will be replaced every 6 years, You can keep using your lenses with your new cameras.
To be a good photographer you do not need to have the most expensive camera or lens, but with time you will want them and will see big differences from the beginners stock equipment..
Before you buy, read reviews (Amazon great Option) and go to the stores (Costco, Best Buys, Camera Shops) so you can touch them with your hand, feel the camera body, buttons, weight, size, read the features, remember you are buying a camera for 5 – 6 years. Once you decide what to buy. Compare prices in Ebay (find good sellers), B&HPhoto, Adorama, & Cometa Camera you will save tax and usually its free shipping.
Remember it is the Indian not the arrow the kills the enemy. The camera and lens are just tools, you are the one creating the images.
History, How old is my Camera? When was it replace? What is the newest? What camera should you buy?
You already invested in equipment!!!!!!!!! Now invest in your knowledge, Take my Workshops