I was ready to buy my first big girl camera of the digital age, and I went deep on research. I ended up getting a Fujifilm X-T30, and I'm really pleased with my purchase. It's a great balance between being a serious camera that takes great photos while also being small enough to carry around on a trip. It's mirrorless, so it's lighter and smaller than a comparable DSLR. Fuji makes some incredible lenses and the x-mount body is compatible with more than just the proprietary brand. I love that it connects via bluetooth to my phone so I can edit there quickly (or at home on Lightroom). It was around $1500 for a top notch prime lens and the body, and I think it's a great introductory camera for a new enthusiast.