>>Typically, consumer cameras hyper-compress,
I can understand this by analogy. I hate shooting JPEG with a still camera because if you need to push the exposure or color balance, you have so little to work with, whereas in RAW, you have those extra 4 bits in each color channel, so you have so much more room to work.
And yes, I mostly imagine myself shooting moving people at a fair distance. I'll stick with still for my flower/macro photography.
The more I think about it, though, the more I realize that size is more important than quality for most of what I want (though decent low-light capability would be nice, and I assume that has a lot to do with lens and sensor size as it would in still photography).
I've even thought about one of those POV helmet cams, but decided against it.