Maury Cohen , Aug 20, 2002; 05:35 p.m.
Your options are limited Nicholas.
1.) Turn flash off (using menu settings or flash control button) and shoot by avaiable light. You complained about poor lighting in many situations, but if you're choosing not to use flash you're also choosing to use the ambient light, whether it's poor or not. Using manual white balance (if your Coolpix 800 allows it) will probably help to adjust to the particular light situation. Adjusting the ISO speed up may help the shutter speed, but may also degrade the overall image quaity. I'd leave this on Auto.
2.) If your camera allows it you can try adjusting the flash output down by a stop or more to "tone down" the appearance of flash. In this case leave the white balance on daylight or Auto.