Here are great starter DSLR cameras below to get started in photography!
You can buy great cameras, lenses and accessories that are more expensive to get started, however I'm focusing on the low-end price range.
Most starter DSLR's do not have a focus motor built into the camera, so you need to make sure a focus motor is built into the lens when buying it. For Nikon they are marked with "AF-S" in the title of the lens.
* Money Saver: If you can find a refurbished camera, go with that, because you are saving a lot of money and the cameras are sent back to the factory and thoroughly checked and still have a warranty!
Steps to building a "camera kit":
1. Pick a camera body (some camera's included lenses in the package). 2. Pick a wide or multi-range/purpose lens in the 18-55mm range. 3. Pick any extra lenses you may need, macro for close-ups, low f/stop (like a f/1.4, f/1.8, f/2.8) for artsy pictures with blurry backgrounds, and tele or zoom for sports or animals in nature far away. 4. Pick at least a standard UV filter to go on the front of your lens to protect it from scratches and cracks (they are $5-$15, compared to a lens that is $200-$800). 5. Pick a memory card that suits how many pictures you will take, depending on the next time you can upload the pictures to a computer (like if you go on a vacation or trips that are weeks at a time), or if you just take a lot of pictures. 6. Pick a camera bag that is comfortable and easy to carry. 7. Pick any extra accessories that you think you may need (an extra battery or two comes in handy sometimes). 8. Get some software if you choose to edit pictures more than with just whatever comes on your computer.
Lenses Lenses with "VR" in the title indicate they are a lens with VR (Vibration Reduction) which reduces blurring in low light or if you are shaky with the camera when taking the picture. VR lenses are more expensive, but normally worth it! The 35mm and 50mm lenses are my favorite two lenses!
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control This is great if you are taking pictures with you in them, such as group or family shots. * The wireless remote only works with the low end DSLRs and not the $1500+ DSLRs
Camera Bags I use a Tamrac Velocity 7x (sling bag). A sling back has one strap that wraps around you that provides quick access to your camera and gear; the shoulder bags have one strap that hang on your shoulder; the backpacks have two straps but are normally larger and take longer to access your camera and gear. I prefer Tamrac and Lowepro brands, however Caselogic and Bower are great too!