Best entry level DSLR is
Would be an expensive hobby
best camera was 2.5K or something like that
This one (below) sounds interesting for $300 - but yeah, that's a lot of money too. And really, anything with interchangeable lenses is overkill for most people. OTOH, if you're interesting in quality images, you'll have to pay a lot too for a decent compact camera. I got a nice compact one a couple of years ago for ~$200. Image quality is great but the camera still drives me mad at times it's so slow. But I still use it much more than my "interchangeable lens" camera...
Camera of Distinction, Outstanding Value: Canon EOS M
With kit prices starting around $300 and image quality similar to the Canon T5i, the Canon EOS M is a stellar value. Its metal body construction lends the camera a solid, substantial feel in the hand that belies the camera's budget price. The EOS M is a particularly good choice for Canon DSLR owners because a simple EF-mount adapter provides compatibility with the plethora of Canon glass. Although there are few lenses native to the new mount, the 22mm f/2 STM and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lenses are both great options. The original list price of $800 was a little steep, but $300 is flat-out incredible for all the EOS M offers.