If you've outgrown your point-and-shoot camera or are no longer satisfied with the snaps you get from your smartphone, it might be time to upgrade to an entry-level DSLR. DSLR cameras offer a big step up in image quality and far more manual control with the ability to alternate lenses. You don't need to buy the most expensive camera available when you're just beginning. There are many cameras on the market that offer impressive performance and image quality without breaking the bank.
When buying your first DSLR I recommend buying a kit, which includes the camera body along with an 18-55mm lens. Canon and Nikon are the most common brands and offer the largest collections of DSLR lenses. Both brands are amazing and equal in what can be achieved and created.
For Nikon fans I recommend the D5300 or the D5600. For Canon fans I recommend the EOS Rebel T7i or the EOS Rebel T6i. Each of these entry-level DSLR cameras cost under $750 online at stores like Amazon and Walmart. I started with a Nikon D3000 in 2010, then I upgraded to a Nikon D5300 in 2016, and more recently I've upgraded again to a Nikon D750. Whichever camera you choose, master it and your images will improve dramatically. Good luck purchasing your first DSLR camera and happy shooting!