I suggest you get the December issue of PC World magazine. Look on page 164.
They have an article titled "Powerful Cameras for Serious Shooters".
They rate the top two as "best buys":
Both are under $800 (the C-8080 just barely under).
If you are a Nikon fan, take a look at the 8400 and 8600 cameras.
I have recently sold my Nikon Fm 10 film SLR and am now looking for a the best digital camera I can get for under $800. Is it worth my saving up a few hundred more for a digital SLR or not? What will give me both flexibility and solid quality image quality? What is the flat out best digital camera for under 800?