When reviewing the images compared side by side RAW to Jpeg, you can see almost immediately that the RAW images while better than their original state still require further "Tweaking" to get them to the Jpeg level. Added to that that each shot has to be cropped in post processing is annoying as it negates the whole reason for shooting 16:9 in Jpeg. Thats how I wanted the image to be and its an extra processing step that just makes the job just that bit more arduous.
|HS20 RAW file unprocessed|
ISO 400 @ f8 - 1/3000 sec
|HS20 Jpeg file unprocessed|
ISO 400 @ f8 - 1/1300sec.
The two images above are the unedited files straight from the camera. Its easy to see that the Jpeg has more going for it than the RAW, other than image size. The RAW file was shot at 110mm and the Jpeg at 66mm. It is understandable that the longer focal length image will be darker than the Jpeg, however this was the speed that was automatically set by the camera for the image when I selected the RAW button. While it isnt entirely fair to compare these images it does give a reasonable comparison of what the camera produces before processing.
There still isnt enough in the RAW files of the HS20 to convince me that all the extra work required to process the images is going to result in a superior image to that of the processed Jpeg. Given that you are able to save considerably more images on the memory card in the camera when shooting Jpeg, plus the considerably faster write times of the Jpegs really makes it a no-brainer.
Shoot Jpeg and enjoy photography, or shoot RAW and spend too much time missing shots, and post processing your images.