Anyone starting out now should start with Nikon.
The trend over the past several years has been Nikon increasing in tech and reducing cost
while Canon has been decreasing in tech and increasing cost.
New versions of Nikon are savvy - and new versions of Canon are at best poor upgrades.
You can have both now but it trend continues there is no need to have <fill in>.
Is that where their new prices for battery grips are coming from, and the $400 battery charger?