Sadly almost all manual capability p&s are long zooms at this price band.
But they all start at 27 mm equivalent focal length at wide end.
Dont go for max zoom camera instead look for one with better optics, max aperture, battery life and good image stabilization.
The discussions are getting interesting.
I have a nikon Coolpix S8100 for three years now.
Most of the pictures are taken in auto mode. Other modes are tried for experimental purposes only.
Many times photo comes very good and many times bad also.
Did know nothing about ISO, sensors, Shutters. All in all, half of the discussions are going over my head.
Still, the information is quite useful and i am hooked to it.
Will try to learn something from this blog.
Thanks all of you for such information and request you to please keep elaborative discussions continued.
Ramesh ji you have a good camera.
Start understanding one mode at a time.
Start today with Shutter priority, leave everything else at auto. Click and compare your results in exif. Try to relate them with the above basics given by Pankaj Sir.
For Reference of some prroblems related to P&S Camera, Specially Nikon !
When in dark room, darkness is/may converted into Redishness with Nnikon .
Do some Experiment.
1. Try in Auto mode.
2. Then in SCENE -Settings mode- Party-Indoor, Night Landscape, Sunrise, Backlight etc. with flash.
With experiment in setting mode
3. Don't use smart portrait / portrait mode.
4. Flash should always be ON.
5. Try to focus on some BRIGHT / WHITE OBJECT for better Colour results.
I mostly try to capture in Auto mode.
When Light is Less or camera is Facing Sun with FLASH ON, this is best strategy.
When something special is needed (like, When Light is more),
I select from SCENE mode.