Shoot RAW with a P/S camera
For some time, I’ve been using CHDK with my Canon SD1000 to shoot RAW. I like the advantages of RAW so this made sense for me. The IQ of the SD1000 doesn’t get any better, it’s just easier to deal with processing. One disadvantage is that the format- CRW – isn’t supported by Adobe. So, you need a program to convert.
I had been using dng4ps, a free program but somewhat unreliable – not to mention slow. I recently came across Raw Photo Processor. After some testing, I find it to be much better than dng4ps. The only real drawback is that it produces tiff files instead of dngs. But it is much faster and free also. Check it out.