I have been reading about the benefits of taking photos in raw format rather than Jpg or Tiff lately.
Understand the benefits but wonder if doing so is defeating (to some extent) the benefits of using digicam in the first place for a lot of people.
One of the compelling reason for switching to digicam for lots of people is the ability to preview what one has just snapped. The ability of preview can be drilled down to quite good details on the lcd. Taking pictures in raw will mean that the pictures taken had not been thru the various processing (refinement) features of the digicam. Hence, white balancing, sharpening, contrast etc are not applied. The picture might (might becos I have not experimented yet) appear bland or unattractive? of course, then the benefit of able to have a final product without post production is defeated.
On top of that, a lot of the higher end digicams pride themselves of good processor (like Canon Digic). Taking pictures in raw will nullify these benefits.