Inaccurate color when processing RAW in Lightroom

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When I try to edit photos I took with my Nikon Coolpix P330 in RAW format, I notice that areas that have a reddish color come out over saturated. In the same picture in JPEG format, the reddish colors are displayed correctly. Colors that are purple in real life and in the JPEG file show up as blue. Many of the other colors such as white and green show up correct in the JPEG and the RAW file. I have already calibrated my monitor though Windows 7.

What do I do so that Lightroom renders the colors accurately when I edit RAW files? What are some easy ways to get accurate colors and/or desired colors when I need them? Thank you.
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Adobe provides "camera match" profiles for most Nikon DSLRs, but not for more compact cameras, like the Coolpix line, except the Coolpix A. whatever that is.

If this was a DSLR I'd suggest changing your camera profile from Adobe Standard to Camera Standard, but the P330 doesn't have those other profiles from Adobe.

You could try making your own camera profile using something like a ColorChecker Passport, or you could try messing with the various sliders in the Camera Calibration area.

Basically the colors the camera is registering are too strong and out of gamut with respect to your monitor and perhaps to LR, itself. The camera's own raw processing that produces its JPGs deals with this extreme color situation differently than LR with the Adobe Standard profile.