In recent years, mobile phone technology has seen vast improvements in image quality, however they do have their limitations. If you are looking for your first DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses, there are a number of great options including the mirrorless Sony and Fuji cameras. Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma and others have models within most peoples price range. If I was starting out in photography, I would probably recommend something like the Nikon D3300 or a used D700. Think of it as a good camera to enjoy learning the basic modes, with a view to upgrading to a more complex model in a couple of years. There is no point in spending vast amounts on a camera which is overly complex. I still use my old Nikon D60 which I bought back in 2008 and I have recently rediscovered the joys of my 40 year old Olympus Trip 35 with which I use black and white film. Canon are very popular at the moment, so they must be doing something right. If money was no object then something like the Phase One or a Hasselblad would be on most photographers’ dream list, but I don’t think that Santa is going to bring me one of those.