Results you want aren't tied to a monetary number. A $2800 camera won't guarantee success over a $1000 or even a $500 camera. Indeed, the more expensive a camera is, the more likely it is that you would need to know something about photography in order to take advantage of a more expensive camera's capability. As an analogy, it would be like expecting the average person to drive an F1 car the same way as Michael Schumacher. The average person can't, because the average person doesn't have the experience.
If you don't want to mess with learning about photographic exposure, the best you can do is get a camera with an intelligent auto mode and hope it does what you want. In that vein and with respect to your desired budget, I'd suggest either the Panasonic DMC-LX7, or the Sony NEX-3N. But maybe you don't even need that good a quality...it's hard to say without know how you view or use the photos, and what you deem as good image quality.