Just to add more thought, I think there is a lot to be learned from using ANY camera (point and shoot, smartphone...etc). For example, using an iPhone camera can assist in learning to create an interesting composition... a skill that can transfer with you no matter what camera you use. Also, if you don't use the zoom feature when using a smartphone camera, you are on your feet moving around trying to frame a shot... something that relates to using primes and composing shots that way. Don't forget lighting. While each camera body and lens combination can yield different tolerances for low-light capturing capabilities, any camera (specially the less advanced sensors on a smartphone camera, p&s... etc.) will quickly show you its limitations. Something that can assist you when the time comes to building a kit based around your needs. (If you primarily shoot wildlife and outdoors, you might not need the fast lenses that are needed for something like an indoor wedding or a concert).