If you're looking to get into serious photography but don't want to spend a grand, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II might be a good place to start (despite the model number being a mouthful). It's the new entry-level option in OM-D series of interchangeable-lens micro four-thirds cameras, adding a handful of features to its predecessor.
The controls have gotten an update, with all the mode selection and manual dialing-in of settings over on the right-hand side of the top plate. On the left is a retro-style power switch modeled on those of old Olympus film cameras. Inside, there's an improved time-lapse mode and image stabilization, and the electronic viewfinder is now bigger and more high-resolution.
No change to the 16-megapixel image sensor itself, though, so if all you care about is image quality you can stick with last year's model. You can pick up the camera body alone for $650, or with a solid zoom lens for $800 — it should ship some time in September.