Originally Posted by Nikki
well i have seen people go from a p&s to a dslr and take worse photos. but i dunno.
Part of this has to do with the fact that most P&S cameras boost the color and sharpness in-camera extensively. Many DSLR cameras don't do extensive enhancements out of the box (or usually have such settings turned down by default)...so they'll have less color and sharpness in the initial picture but ultimately contain more detail in the raw picture. This is to allow for more thorough tweaking after the photo has been taken.
There's also other reasons I'm sure...incorrect choice of focusing points in more advanced systems, etc. They are called "point and shoot" for a reason...