the canon rebels are really nice.. my brother has one with a new lens, but the one it comes with was decent too
if you were going to go with that, wait it out for a few months because a camera shop owner told me that they are going to decrease in price soon...
they are way expensive... i personally have an old canon AE-1 film camera i used to my photography classes... older camera, but that thing is amazing for what it is.
if you wanted to cough up like 700-800 or so dollars in a few month on a camera, the canon rebel shouldnt disappoint... then in the future, if you wanted to upgrade the lens, there is always taht option
photography isnt cheap to get into : (