The main thing that scares many people off when wanting to start taking pictures is what camera they should use. When choosing a camera, it's important to consider price, effort, and preference. Prices vary from different kinds of cameras. You can get some perefectly operatable cameras for a low price, it's just all about what functions you want in your camera.
There are MANY different digital cameras to choose from, which can overwhelm some people. There are also MANY different brands of cameras to choose from, a few including Cannon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, and so many others. I use only Cannon digital cameras, that's just because it's what i'm used to and I know the functions pretty well. It is a good idea to go to a store that lets you fool around with all the different kind of cameras before you decide on which kind to get! Cannon prices can varry... some of the cannon powershots are less money, (generally $100- $200), then some cannons such as the cameras in the Rebel series can get a little more pricy, (can be around $700). My advice is to start off with a camera that is a GOOD camera. If you know you are really into photography, then I would just get a good quality camera that has everything you need, because "upgrading" in the camera world is buying a whole different camera with no "trading in" like you would with a phone. You can ceratinly sell your camera, but instead of buying a mediocre camera that you will soon have to replace with a more expensive camera. In the end you will just wind up paying more money! My first camera was a Cannon Rebel t3i, which is a great camera that has all your basic functions, and it is the camera I still primarily use to this day. Effort wise, digital cameras are much easier to operate, (in my opinion) then film cameras. All you have to do is read the step by step instructions, and your set.
Film Cameras are classic. Something about them is so much more valuable than digital cameras. I think it is the idea that you cannot edit the pictures, and once you take the picture, there is no deleting it. Also it is the old film charmed look, and the unique light leaks in some cameras. Film cameras offer an element of mystery, and taking pictures with a film camera is like a ritual. Film cameras WILL take a lot of work. You will need to find the right film for it, learn how to load the film, find a place to develop your film for you, or find out how to develop the film yourself. If you get a film camera from a thrift store or an antique store, you will need to do some research on how to work your special find. I have a collection of old vintage cameras, and i'm still in the process of trying to get a few of them to work. Purchasing used film cameras is always a gamble, you never know if it will work or if it was dammaged. Even so... the product is very rewarding if you get a orking camera. Prices of film cameras vary, but you can get used film cameras for low prices such as $10 in thrift stores, or new ones for around $50, depending on where you get it. The only thing is that the film can be pricy, and you will have to be very stingy with your photographs!
Instant cameras are one of my favorite cameras to use because they are so easy! I love the cute little square film that pops out when you click the button. I have a few old and new polaroids, and the pictures that pop out are always a surprise. Along with film cameras, polaroid film is very expensive. A film pack of around 10 can cost around $25, which I find ridiculous. That's more than a dollar per picture. With these cameras you have to be EXTREMLY choosey with what pictures you take because you can't delete them and they are extremly expensive! As for the cameras themselves, you can get them pretty cheap. I got my new polaroid camera for around $70, and compared to some digital camares for $1000... that's a pretty good price for a camera. Polaroids will always be very nostalgic and classic. You can always count on an instant camera to quickly capture a moment forever.
So... hopefully this gave you a feel for what kind of cameras are out there and which ones may be best for you! I am still learning myself about different cameras and how to work them, these are just some of my opinions and a few things that I find interesting. Whatever camera you choose, it will get the job done. There are so many different kinds, but they will all capture the moment, in whatever form it's in!