I think you get more "bang for your buck" with a Nikon (don't tell the Canon people!). I honestly think, SP, that even an entry level Nikon DSLR camera would suit you. The Nikon D3500 would be a decent camera. Depending on the distance you want, though, you might need a different lens. And that would be true of any camera.
(Also, don't tell TN, but I still don't know how to use mine other than the "auto" settings, so you'll do just fine!)
I have that camera and an array of lenses--it frightens me to even try to use it.
So I don't--proving only that I am the total Luddite. (and I have a very good friend who is a camera addict and takes wonderful pictures [like TN's] who keeps telling me that it's probably the easiest of all the DSL's to learn to use.
Yeah, sure, that's what he thinks.