I do not think you can get better than snapshot quality images out of the\nD70 without a lot of post-exposure work. Apart from adding more pixels in\nthe next generation sensor or eventual improvements in exposure latitude I\nam not sure how this will change in the near future. I was kind of surprised\nand put off by my initial experience with the D70 but I am growing to\nappreciate the engineering and aesthetic considerations that made Nikon set\nthe camera up the way they did.\n\nIf you compare D70 jpegs (the snapshot setting) to identical D70 raw images\n(I just happened to spend the last hour doing this) the differences are\nstriking. I can get nice looking pictures from either jpeg or raw but I\ncannot find a way to make them look identical. The images I get from raw\nfiles have better color fidelity and tonal range. When you compare jpegs and\nraw images you may realize that not only do you, and not the camera, want to\ncontrol sharpening but different techniques for sharpening are better for\ndifferent types of images.\n\nIt was never like this with film, even scanned film, because the essence of\nthe image was already determined by the characteristics of the emulsion. Raw\ndigital images are far more mutable than scanned film images.\n\nIf you want to get the highest quality images out of a dSLR you have to\nrealize, as the engineers designing the camera realize, that outside of raw\nimages the algorithms that are used to process any other format involve\narbitrary decisions about color, contrast etc. that are always going to be a\ncompromise and may never be the best choices for any particular image. Even\nif the camera makes good choices they are not YOUR choices and once jpegged\nthe flexibility of the data becomes much more limited.