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What would you recommend?

There's a lot of amazing DSLRs out right now! I'm in love with my Nikon D3300 but I'm not sure it's the best camera for someone who's never really been into photography before. What does everyone in the community think?
@JonPatrickHyde thank you so much! That makes a lot of sense. I really started using DSLRs for film since so many indie productions use them now (with a $15,000 budget they're not going to be able to spend more than a few thousand on a camera). But of course I've been investigating lenses since I'd like to use the equipment as much as possible :D
I'll be totally honest here @shannonl5 - the body can be an important variable where resolution, dynamic range, and sensor size is concerned - but lenses will make or break a photo. I've used both Nikon and Canon professional cameras - but want to note that during the 5 years I shot with Canon - I STILL only owned Nikkor (Nikon) lenses. I used a mount adapter to put them on my Canon bodies. Nikon makes the better lenses of the two. For sharpness, quality, and overall color representation - Nikon wins. Canon's lenses are more durable. My uncle is an award-winning, highly respected avian (bird) photographer in South Florida and he has always used Canon gear. He's had less issues with repairs etc... with his Canon lenses than I have with my Nikon lenses and I can promise you (I've done several shoots with him) that he's much harder on his gear than I am. He beats his lenses up hauling them in and out of the Everglades. I have chosen to stick with Nikon for everything at this point because I have a 30+ year relationship with their lenses and I can say that they produce such clear and beautiful photos. I still have my Nikon F5 (unarguably the best 35mm SLR ever designed - it's STILL a formidable camera in this age of digital innovation - and it sits in my camera case right next to my 3 Nikon Professional bodies). Having any camera with an interchangeable lens system - mirror-less or single reflex - opens a whole world of creative and technical possibilities that I cannot recommend strongly enough. Point and clicks - and cell phones - should be about immediacy and convenience - it's just not realistic for anyone to carry an SLR, DSLR, or mirrorless camera around with them everywhere they go. So small point and clicks and especially cell phones offer you the opportunity to become a photo-journalist and capture unexpected moments you otherwise might have missed. So there's no shame in that. But if you want to explore the deeper waters of creative photography where you can control every aspect of what you capture - and have the ability to build your camera with different lenses that are specifically chosen to accomplish your creative desires - an interchangeable lens system is the next step - and the ultimate step - in that direction.
@JonPatrickHyde thanks for the advice! I think my next step is definitely going to be investigating some lenses. We'll see what the situation is after I do my tax return!
The Nikon is a great camera to grow into and with.
I personally think that you need to stretch out and try working with tech that will help you expand your photography potential. Having the ability to change lenses to achieve different compositional and technical effects is a powerful tool in capturing photos that support your unique personal viewpoint.
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