$300 cannot make it if he is thinking of owning it.
$300 is OK if he want to rent it.
What animal does you friend need to take photo of?
A bat? tough luck.
A cat or dog in fully lit house, this is kind of reasonable.
A sleeping elephant at Night Safari (er do they have elephant?) probably can, with tripod.
Swinging monkeys? at night? tough luck.
There is one option if you do not mind 2nd hand and black and white result: Sony F707, F717 or F828, they have night vision but not so clear, based on infrared. I am not sure if F505 has night vision.
You can buy infrared illuminator overseas if you are keen, used by hunters and wild-life reporter (the one used by military & police you cant buy but you can make your own).
I own and still keep my F717 for sentimental reason, having captured many rats and stray cats with it. LOL. Night vision is quite fun to play with esp if you have active neighbor, sadly I dont have so I have to have fun with rats and stray cats.