Hiaz, I almost want to give up on digicam already.
Last weekend went for a dinner party at Fullerton. Its those friends gathering. Not appropriate to bring the DSLR, so I brought along the Nikon Coolpix 5100. As usual (and expected), the hotel was very dim, the digicam flash could only cover 5-7 feet. We had a big group of about 20 persons. Most of the small group shots are ok, the big group shots, because we need to move further than 5-7 feet, are always under exposed.
Just wish that Nikon/Sony/etc can make a small digicam that cater for party, with a very powerful flash.