I often get asked about how I started in photography. Many people also ask me for advice on which is the best camera to buy. I'm obviously biased towards Nikon as that is what I started with and what I know.
I started with the basic camera that advised me on the best settings to use. As I improved I upgraded. If I had bought the cameras I have now in the beginning, I would've been totally intimidated. My advice is to start simple and upgrade as your skills improved.
Here are a couple of articles that you might find interesting, if looking to purchase a camera.