For the past six months with the Panasonic G1 and GF1 cameras I have been shooting RAW and processing with ACR. In spite of reading countless articles and buying at least three books, I have become disenchanted with RAW and more and more miss the old days when things looked great right out of the camera. I find myself even missing slide film, specifically Ektachrome 100. This has lead me to reexamine what I am doing. Obviously every 'serious' photographer is shooting RAW and also shooting Adobe RGB 1998 rather than sRGB, in spite of the fact that computer monitors only accurately display sRGB. So I have gone a bit retro. I am shooting now in sRGB and am back to shooting JPEGs. The G1 and GF1 cameras allow an incredible amount of very accessible tweaking before the camera converts its original RAW file to JPEG. You can fine tune each of the white balance presets by adjusting the exact amount of yellow/blue or green/magenta. I am using the ‘Cloudy’ preset and giving it a bit less yellow and a little more blue, and a tad more magenta, to get the color I want. Panasonic also has 9 “film modes” – like Standard, Dynamic, Nature, Vibrant, etc. Each of these can be calibrated independently as to contrast, sharpness, saturation, and noise reduction and once you have it the way you want, the camera uses your version. What I am doing is essentially setting up the camera so it shoots Ektachrome 100, maybe the slightly warmer version of E-100. That becomes my “film” and since it is in sRGB what comes on the screen is what I saw on the 3 inch camera display. This was never the case with RAW/Adobe RGB. It always looked anemic and unexciting until you processed it. I never got any “Wow” reaction when the images popped up on the screen initially and had to imagine which ones might have a wow lurking somewhere. To be sure, this now means I have to get it right in the camera – especially the exposure. I can't blow out any highlights or I am toast. But the highlight indicator tells me that right after I shoot and with live view all the time, the histogram is floating over the picture as I am adjusting exposure compensation so I really can't go wrong. The payoff is that when the pictures come into the computer, if they are good, they look good – right then – all of them. The ‘Wow!’ is back and I can readily sort through them and know what I have. And when you walk around like I did the other morning and take 100 pictures of fall colors, it is sheer joy to see them presented correctly immediately. I haven't been as happy with a camera system since my beloved FM-2 and Ektachrome 100. Life is too short for RAW processing.