What brand of camera should I buy?
Canon and Nikon are the two most popular brands of DSLR cameras. I shoot with a Canon, only because I learned on one. That seems to be the way with most photographers. Whatever they learn on they tend to stick with. In my Beginner's digital photography course, I use both a Canon and a Nikon to teach settings, so it's really just a matter of preference. If you're interested in a mirrorless, Sony has the best cameras so far in my opinion. I've shot with one a few times and love the idea of having a smaller camera, but I don't own one so I wouldn't be able to confidently give you a recommendation. I believe I will own one in the future but I want to give the technology a little time to mature first. If you are looking for great DSLR recommendations keep reading...
For the Beginner
If you are just learning photography, would like a nice camera but not something super expensive and you're not really thinking of doing this as a profession, the Canon Rebel is a great camera to start with. I shot with it for about 3 years while I was learning my camera settings and how to use it in manual mode before I upgraded. The Rebel is a cropped sensor camera so It doesn't gather quite as much information as the full frame cameras (I go into more detail about this in my course) but technology is advanced enough now that you'll get beautiful high quality photos even with a cropped sensor camera, plus they are a LOT less expensive. A fun lens to start with is the Canon 50mm 1.8 its only about $125 bucks and gives you that really pretty blurry background most of us are looking for in our photos. If the numbers are a bit confusing, don't worry, you will learn all about them in my course.
Ready for an upgrade?
My first upgrade was from the Canon Rebel to a Canon 6D . I absolutely adore this camera, shot with professionally for about 3 years and still own it as a back up camera. It is a full frame camera, has it's own wifi signal, allowing you to load photos from your camera straight to your phone and also use your phone as a remote to take self portraits, without the hassle of a timer. It has beautiful video capabilities and is about half the price of Canon's top of the line Camera. If you're ready to get more serious about your photography but don't think you need the best of the best the Canon 6D is a great option. Like other full frame cameras it doesn't come with a lens, so be sure you have one to use. I bought a Tamron 25-70mm 2.8 to use with my 6D. it is a fabulous zoom lens that gives you tons of variety, and is made to use with a Canon without the hefty price tag, again, another great middle of the road upgrade. I also love my Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens. This is another great lens for a fraction of the cost of the name brand. It is a fixed lens which means it doesn't zoom. Fixed lens are a bit less convenient as they only have one focal length but they generally shoot a little quicker and will give you the best bokeh possible. I shoot with a fixed lens 95% of the time.
I want the best!
The Canon 5D Mark IV is currently the top of the line DSLR for Canon. This is what I shoot with. It takes the highest quality photos. It has tons of bells and whistles, everything the other cameras offer and more. I recommend this camera if you are extremely comfortable shooting in manual mode and you make a living taking photos OR if you just like to have the best of the best, and I don't blame you! I current shoot with my Mark IV and my Sigma lens (mentioned above) or a Canon 50mm 1.2 lens. The 50mm 1.2 is another fixed lens. It is my absolute FAV lens.There is a little learning curve on it because it's an advanced lens but after few weeks of shooting, you will begin LOVE. My next purchase will be a Canon 85mm 1.2 lens, hoping to get that soon!