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Why don't camcorders shoot raw?

Why don't camcorders shoot raw?

Maybe it's because I'm awash in a sea of DVD-, flash-, and hard-disk-based camcorders at the moment, but after staring at hour upon hour of artifact-ridden footage, I can't help but wonder why tapeless camcorders don't support some sort of raw recording. If you had a video stream straight from the sensor, you could work all sorts of software magic on it with little or no degradation before committing MPEG on it. Furthermore, by delaying the compression until it can be done by a real computer, it should yield better results. True, that would detract from some of the convenience, but I think there are ways around that as well.