Well, I'm just going to say a few things
-If you plan on actually using your camera for photography - as in learning how to use your camera, getting better, planning on buying better lenses, etc. etc. - buy a higher end dSLR body and skip past the entry level bodies (Nikon D40, D40x, Canon Rebel XS, XT, etc.) and go for Nikon D60+ (D90 has video capability) or Canon 30D, 40D, etc.
-If you just want a dSLR just to have nicer quality pictures over point and shoot, but don't really plan on learning how to actually use the camera beyond auto functions and stuff, don't plan on expanding your collection of lenses, etc. I'd say stay with entry level bodies and save your money to spend it on Petey
. Entry levels are great for learning and you can even get pretty far, but they are
limited once you get into more complicated stuff. I have a Canon Rebel XS and I already feel pretty limited. Entry level bodies will also tend to feel cheaper, more plastic, etc.
-If you just want a point & shoot that is better than your average $30 Kodak digi cam (which generally speaking are pretty crappy cameras), I'd suggest Nikon Coolpix or Sony Cybershots.