The ability to shoot RAW brings us freedom of expression.
The perfect syntesis.
.. A reason why I personally favor the cameras that didn't use this design.
The only real alternative way to not deal with relevant geometric or chromatic aberrations is to carry around something like these
(but definitely they destroyed my shoulder
... or to buy a nice and light canon p&s, load CHDK and develop its RAWs with the best software around (within a time lapse and a lightnings session
It would be interesting to know more about the workflows people are using with raw: what software, how much manual tweaking you end up doing with each image.
It took me "some" years to choose the best software for raw developing (on windows pc) IMHO
I ended up with DxO Optics Pro and Lightroom. The first one cannot open dng ... sadly. So currently LR is my preferred software.
With custom develop profiles (and lens profiles), previously saved, it doesn't require too much manual tweaking for each shot.
Usually i deal just a bit with the shadows&highlights and sharpening cursors if needed.
Obviously with 100 (or more) shots only one or two usually deserve a bit of your time to develop a raw. Canon jpgs will be enough for the remaining 98.
The shooting speed isn't a serious penalty with a fast sd (sandisk ultra are nice cards) or if you're not shooting sport or actions.