I can recommend the Oly C5050, 3X opctical zoom, excellent low light camera, with great optics. You can run auto or manual. Low light assist lamp. The cost of the camera will run $500 on the internet. Moveable lcd and can use CF, SM, XD or microdrive for media.
You can also look at the Nikon 5700, 8X optical, no low light assist lamp, 270 degree moveable lcd panel. Cost at www.buydig.com
is $737, with 256mb CF card