I got a question from a friend about choosing a first DSLR camera. This is what I said.
Entry level cameras do lack features and more expensive cameras. But if you are looking at buying a cheaper camera and 2 or 3 lenses, or a more expensive one with only 1 lens, you’ll get more benefit out of more lenses.
For landscapes you’ll want an 18-55 (typical kit lens). About R1000.
landscapes and portraits 18-105mm R1500
portraits, sport, wildlife 55-200mm. R1800
Some of the Nikon cameras like the D90 or D7000 have a 18-105mm as a kit lens (of course you could buy a D3100 and instead of an 18-55mm, you could get camera body only and 18-105mm separately).
Also, if you want more freedom, the 18-200mm is a great range for about R3500. It’s a wide angle that zooms in over 10x, good for sport etc.
You can check prices on http://www.Orms.co.za as an indication
The latest range of cameras are as follows
D3100 (entry level)
D7000 (semi-pro. replaces older D90)
1100d (entry level)
600d (very similar to slightly older 550d)
60d (semi-pro, replaces 50d)
Those are in the R4000 to R13000 price range approximately, body only.
A similar article of advice I did for someone else How to Choose your First DSLR