OK, you asked someone about a camera, now it's my turn
D-MOTHER****ING-70! 1000 dollars aside, you might consider a digireb (though I think they're crapsauce
) or a dimage a2 or z-whatever. Most of the dimages are good. I wouldn't get a coolpix 8800 or 8700, sounds great with the 8 MP and the lens but the 8 MP are too damn close together and it makes funky color combo stuff.