Semi SLR or DSLR entry level any suggestion ???

As I have 40 years experience as a professional photographer, I would strongly suggest you go for a full-on DSLR, as this type of camera is something for you to grow in to, not a camera that will soon prove too limiting.
Around your quoted price range range, I would suggest you check out the Pentax k-x, see this review; http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/default.asp?newsID=4155&review=pentax+kx