Lately it appears my Nikon Coolpix is distorting some colours. Mauve is appearing as pink, and blue is hardly registering at all, or appears pink. Yellows and whites are OK. All settings are on normal or auto. Anyone have any idea what the problem may be?
Sounds like the sytrical hyboid is out of adjustment to me..... Just kidding.
I would say you will probably need to have it checked out by the Nikon service center by the sounds of this problem.
Don't forget that 28 mm isn't particularly wide angle when applied to most digital cameras - this is because their sensors are usually smaller than a 35 mm negative.
That's true, but the figures quoted are usually based on 35mm format equivalent so a compact digital quoted at 38 to 105 mm lens will actually give the same result as a 35mm with that lens length.
There are only a couple of compact digital Companies that make a camera with 28mm wide angle that I am aware of. The Panasonic Lumix Lumix LX1 and Lumix FX01 and the Ricoh Caplio Caplio R3 and Caplio R4
Check out the reviews from the links above.
Another option would be something like the Fujifilm Finepix S9500 Zoom which is virtually a DSLR without the removable lens. Set to auto it should be a pretty simple camera to use, even for someone without much experience. The onboard flash will probably be strong enough for your requirements unless the room was pretty large. But then, as you say you could use an external flash.
I cannot answer your question without a lot more info on your reasons for buying a camera and what you intend to use it for. There are just too many personal reasons for choosing any given camera.
I suggest you check out these reviews and compare the performance and features bearing in mind your intended use for the camera and what is important to you in a camera. You can also compare the picture quality from the sample photos.
I do agree that the ratings seem a bit to consistently 9's and 10's or no rating at all lateley. Very few people will give anything below an 8 for a while now. I believe it is more productive for us all to have a realistic rating system. The problem with so many high ratings, as I see it, is that it leaves no margin for the really exceptional images and really what is getting between 8 and 10 now should probably be spread out from 5 to 10. It's rather dificult sometimes though, as you don't want to discourage people. If the system is consistant though I think it would be fine to use lower ratings where appropriate.