It could be that the camera tried hard to record the image faithfully. Point&shoot cameras frequently appear to be optimized to generate "snappy", i.e. contrasty and colourful pictures with enhanced edges that make you go "wow" at the first look. The downside is that at the second look, there can be a lot of artefacts caused by the aggressive in-camera image processing, and there is very little headroom for further processing.Originally Posted by peppercrab1
If you want the "snappy" look, you can still get it with postprocessing on the computer. This can be pretty much automated using batch processing, plus you get to keep good "raw material" if you decide a picture is really worth the effort to polish it manually.