I couldn't afford to jump right in to the DSLR field, so I have been making the migration from the pocket point-and-shoot cameras in stages and have had good luck with first the Sony DSC H1 and about 2 years later, the Olympus SP570 UZ.
Both are good cameras and there are plenty of reviews out there. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but I'm pretty happy with the results. And neither was prohibitively expensive.
I'd also recommend the Sony DSC H5. My grandson got one from his other grandmother and got some really good pictures with it during his Europe trip last spring.
I am finding it hard to find the information I need. I have a Canon POwershot A59oIS point and shoot. My wife wants to upgrade. We will keep the simple Canon. She wants a DSLR to get better pictures. We have kids that are active. I want to be able to take more rapid pictures per second and also to improve the overall quality of the pcitures.
I do not want to spend the money to get the lens, flash, and body. Are there any other options. I have looked at the more involved point and shoot like the Canon powershot SX101S or the SOny Cyber shot DSCH50. What can I do for under $500.