IF YOU RECENTLY PLONKED DOWN A serious amount of cash on a gorgeous digital SLR kit, you’ll be very unhappy to hear that photos taken on compact cameras tend to look better.
“What?!” I hear you scream. Yes, like you, most people are surprised by this. The fact is, camera manufacturers are very good these days at understanding their audience, and people who use compact cameras want vivid colors, nice sharp images, and they want to be able to whack them straight on Facebook or email them to grandma as soon as they’ve got them off the camera.
The problem with the kinds of improvements that compact cameras make before the pictures are even written to the memory card are destructive. In other words, in the process of enhancing and making ...