|Keep Out The Sun - Tehachapi, California|
Captured using a Nokia Lumia 1020--this was good enough to be published in a magazine.
I don't like answering this question because gear isn't nearly as important as many think it is. It's the wrong question, really. If someone wants to be a photographer they need to understand what it even means to be a photographer. What is it about photography that attracts you?
|Gas Station Sunset - Ehrenburg, Arizona|
Captured with an obsolete Galaxy S cell phone.
The gear you use doesn't make any difference to understanding the deeper, more important questions. And gear makes very little difference to the outcome of an image. You would be hard-pressed to find a camera that isn't capable of capturing great images.
|Sunset At Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California|
Captured using a Nikon D3300.
If that's not a good-enough answer for you, and you want some specific gear to buy, how about the Nokia Lumia 1020. I paid $100 for mine, and I guarantee that it's the best digital camera you can buy for that price. Or Nikon's entry level DSLR, the D3300, which is very inexpensive and yet is still a quality camera. But, really, any camera will do.