Canon SX30. I've had mine for almost a year and a half and have been very happy.
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Review - Watch CNET's Video Review
It's a little higher than your price point, but you wouldn't regret the flexibility. However, below your pricepoint is the SX30s little brother:
Amazon.com: Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black): Camera & Photo
Not as much lens capability, but similar features and shoots HD video.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere:
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