my everyday camera...
I have a D40x with the 18-200 lens on it. it's kinda bulky and not in the $$ range you specified, but that ol'd40 rocks. Maybe a deal could be had on ebay.
the first gen Nikon J series are probably reeeaal cheap now. Not the best of that genre of camera if you are photo purist. But dang, it's better than a Point and shoot but not as good as a DSLR.