Don't go digital, there are no good digital cameras for under $1000.
Go get a Pentax ZX-30. This is the best new entry-level SLR i've seen(and I've tried all the new ones - Pentax ZX-30, Minolta QTsi, STsi, Canon Rebel 2000, Nikon N60 and N65).
The light meter is accurate as is the AF sensor. It doesn't search like in some others of the same price(Minolta QTsi, STsi, Nikon N65, Canon Rebel 2000).
The AF motor in the ZX-30 is outstanding, and a bit faster than the Nikon N90s which is $800!(the ZX-30 is $200)
-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super