Get a compact first. That's all you need to learn about framing and composition. Do not get influenced to jump to DSLR unless you are really really limited in what you are trying to achieve by your camera
Sorry to ask, but could you explain your initial post a little more? I'm just trying to find out more about your photography interest, how long you intend to pursue this interest, and what you do know about photography, having, as you stated, never stepped into it.
To me, having a keen interest in something and never stepping into it, are mutually exclusive.
Perhaps it is for budget reasons or something. Anyway, I'm interested to know more.
I have always had an interest in photography since young
I believed that good things and memories are meant to be preserved.
Just that i do not know how to start it.
Now i found a heart to go deep into it recently.
As long as I can do photography i believe but i kind of can't go overseas often due to job commitments.(Though i might be send overseas often heheehe)
Budget-wise, i was looking for some cameras on Ebay found a few which seems nice to me
But i kinda wonder should i start from compact or DSLR?
i think any camera with manual controls will allow you to explore much more than a compact ever can.
if you think it'll be an interest you'll pursue for a long time to come, i suggest just getting a dslr.
secondhand ones on the BnS can be quite cheap.
300-400+ is a VERY LIMITED budget for getting a DSLR.
I would say even a 2nd-hand entry-level DSLR (eg. Nikon D40) would be upwards of 500. You might get real lucky and bag a good deal. Who knows?
If you're keen on photography for the long-term, like to explore the various functions and settings of the camera, and don't mind the extra bulk and weight, the DSLR is for you.
Hopefully you can increase your budget a little, because if you get a DSLR, in the long run you'll be spending more $$ to get accessories like flash, and probably extra lenses.