1st of all, how much are u willing to spend on this hobby? A fixed, 1-off cost? No limit?
2ndly, how much interest do u have? There are ppl who spent $3K on a DSLR setup and can't take a single proper snapshot and start to curse photography. There are ppl who spent $1.5K on a DSLR setup and never regretted and moved onto better and better pictures.
3rdly, the process of learning never ends. How much are u willing to listen & learn? There are impaitent ones who want 'instant results', there are paitent ones who can take 1000 shots in 1 year and there's only 1 or 2 keeper shots. Which are u?
If u think u dun wanna spend so much, get a fixed zoom-lens prosumer camera. Its cheaper as a startup (below $1K) and gives u much more options to explore. I've got friends on prosumers shooting great photos. Dun look down on a camera's capability simply because of its branding ("Consumer, Prosumer, Professional" labels), the difference between these 3 levels is how much flexibility in control (plus bells & whistles) the manufacturer wants to give u and how u are going to work around these limits.
Prosumer = All-in-one digital camera bundled with video cam capabilities. Supposedly to be superior than the usual Point-N-Shoot camera. Absolutely idiot-proof unless user still needs to refer to Prosumer Camera for Dummies.
DSLR = For hobbyist and photographer who appreciates and enjoy the end results. Serious in phototaking and keep learning for improvement.
Note: Well known as expensive hobby. Beware of the buying influence.