What he wants is a simple, not really expensive, with flash, OPTICAL zoom, OPTICAL macro, at least two megapixel, inexpensive removable memory (preferably CompactFlash). He's going to be using it to take pix for emails, websites, and medium quality inkjet prints for reports. No need for film quality.
I started to recommend a Kodak DX3700, but it looks like they don't make that one any more.
So, what do y'all recommend?