think we need a bit more details about your fren's requirements and shooting habits before we can give any kinda comments/suggestions. e.g. megapixels, zoom, features, size, etc.
but offhand, for value for money, get the Fujifilm 2800Z. bestseller on the consumer market, good zoom range, uses AA batteries (so you can use rechargeables) & picture quality is pretty good. hope that helps. :embrass: