Photography gear matters?
Of course it matters, but not for the reason many stands for.
Here are 3 things to consider when finding the best gear for you:
1 - Pick something that makes you want to use it.
Pick a camera that eager you to shoot. That feels good at your hand. That you like how it looks.
Your gear must motivates you to create more.
2 - The less, the best.
Try to be compact. In this way you'll feel more comfortable and have more control when shooting, and less things to deal with.
3 - Pixels does not matter.
Don't choose a camera based on technical specifications. (Unless you do something specific like sports or wildlife. Set a parameter and don't get crazy with specs).
All cameras will do more than you need to. Usually photos are not good of the photographer not the camera.