I always have the same answer- the best camera on earth is the one you have access to. Unless you plan on trying to make your photography your means of livelihood(or somehow just have tons of extra cash to throw around)there’s no reason to buy an up to date/top of the line body.
I currently shoot with a D7000- it’s probably the best thing you can get under a grand in terms of bodies. But honestly if you’re just shooting for a hobby right now, I’d recommend a Rebel t3 or t2i. They’re dirt cheap in context of their performance and they’re a great starter dslr.
And thank you, so much!