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1. Daniela uses the Panasonic Lumix LX7 ($400). 10MP, 7.5x zoom, f/1.4 max aperture at the wide end and f/2.3 at the long end. A daily shooter and family-pic camera.
2. Another option is the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 ($345) if he needs reach more than he needs aperture.
3. Or, the Panasonic Lumix FZ150K ($560) gives even more reach and more flexibility (eg a hotshoe for flash or an outboard mic) though it's bulkier and more expensive.
We've used all of the above and been happy with them. Just don't the noise levels at very high ISO values to compete with DSLR quality; but otherwise, they do a great job. Panasonic is a well-loved brand for compact cameras in this household.