btw if u r unfamiliar with dslr, don go and get those dslr that are designed for advanced users. U will spend most of ur time trying to figure out how to use them instead of actually using them. And most times ur pictures will not come out well cos u are using the camera wrongly, or has set some settings wrongly.
Get a beginner dslr will be a better solution. Firstly their auto modes are designed with newbies in mind, so even without the user doing any settings, the camera will still take pretty decent photos. Secondly they hv guide modes, so when u wish to explore more in depth functions rather than just using auto modes, the guodes will explain briefly what functions u r choosing and how it affects ur photos etc.
I also recommend u to choose a dslr which has images stabalization. This is invaluable for beginners, as it gives u 3 more f stops to play with, so ur indoor shots will be much clearer than cameras without image stabalization.
Thus I recommend the Sony a330. It has image stabalization, live view (taking photo thru lcd screen. Not all dslr hv live view), guide mode, its light weight, and most importantly it cost only $800 and comes with lens.