I too am interested in B&W pictures. I believe that in almost all cases that even if your camera has a B&W mode, it is better to take your pictures in full color mode, and then convert them to what you want in software. In fact, using Photoshop Elements, there is a way (found it on the web and will reference the link if you want [andI can find it....]) to adjust your photographs as though you were using various B&W filters. You can control the result as though you selected your filters after the fact. It is far better than an automatic conversion. If you let the camera convert to B&W, you will always be throwing away information...