My last camera that did this took film.
So...We recently lost our P&S Sony and replaced it with a new Sony (a WX9). We've been happy with Sony and compared other brands before buying this one. We liked the colors and features better, so please, let's not make this a brand battle.
This camera takes great pictures, but one thing and only one thing is annoying: The lack of a choice of B&W unless you copy and modify a foto with the included software.
When did this start? Are other brands doing this with their smaller cameras? We could've paid another $80 or so for the next model up, which includes the B&W feature.
I realize you can go B&W from a color foto and not vice verse, ok. But, I just like to line up my intended image and decide there whether color or B&W.
Is there any other downside to this besides the user being annoyed?
Anyone else annoyed by this?
Thanks in advance!
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I have my camera set to monochrome. I only see the B&W versions if I chimp, et cetera. However, since I shoot most of the time in RAW, the color profiles are saved, and I import into the computer in color. Never see the color version until I load the file to process it.
What sonicGLI said. I'll set a custom WB for rooms that I know I'm going to be in a lot, but autoWB for the most part. Shooting weddings and running from room to room, it isn't worth it to switch it from cloudy to sunny to flash to whatever. AutoWB usually gets me close enough, and it's easy enough to move a slider if I feel it's off later. Which, honestly, if I don't set a custom WB, I usually do anyway.
I grew up with B&W, and also shooting in B&W forces you to look at the light more than a color shot with all the distractions. Give it a whirl, you might surprise yourself. Make sure that you are shooting in RAW though! I almost pooped myself when all I saw were the jpgs from a recent shoot for an automotive blog, then I scrolled up to see the RAWs.
If built-in B&W mode is that important to you, you'll have to check the specs more carefully on the next camera you're going to buy. Yes, it is annoying if you don't like or have the time for post processing your photos. It would be worth the extra $80 as an in-camera feature.