^^^most Canon P&S will do the trick.
Air Jericho - Nikon lenses are def. better but they are way more expensive. I just actually ordered a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens ($450) today, compared to a 12-24mm Nikkor ($1600). Just do some research on the web before buying anything. Your dad is probably referring to the 18-200mm Nikkor lens. Great lens....only negative I've heard is there will be some creep in the motor when you point it up or down.
RELEVANT SX - Shot glass....white balance is off. Picture is crooked. Composition is bad....the top of the flame is cut off and no foreground or background. Second shot...looks like a shaky hand. White balance is off again. Composition is bad....not showing the whole table, cabinet in the back is cut off, cup on the left is cut off, shirt/chair on the right is cut off. if you know nothing about exposures, focal length, shutter speed....the things I mentioned above are important for taking good pictures.
thanks Jaw Knee C.. any tips on setting the perfect white balance, and/or anything else? (i.e. composition, foreground, background, focal length, etc)