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Is there a camera out there (dSLR-class) that offer's a one-touch (or nearly) ability to view a shot in black and white? Also, what about LiveView functionality with realtime black and white?

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Hi marienbad, you have several questions open and you haven't marked any of the answers as 'accepted'. Have you considered if any of your previous questions have been answered adequately? Thanks! – rfusca Jul 12 '11 at 2:54
even my 6 year old D200s can record in B&W and display images as such on the screen. – jwenting Jul 13 '11 at 7:46

Realtime B&W is available on all SLDs and SLRs with Live-View.

It is also available on the Fuji X100 which is a (almost) compact camera with a sensor the same size (APS-C) as most DSLRs. Probably does not count as SLR-class unless you only consider the image quality.

Many entry-level DSLRs and even some pro ones now have in-camera effects or conversions which can convert to B&W. It is far from one-touch though, requiring 5 to 10 button presses.

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Can the X100 do B&W in realtime in the viewfinder? – mattdm Jul 14 '11 at 5:11
Yes. I tried that yesterday :) Simply set Film-Simulation to one of the B&W modes, see the review for details: – Itai Jul 14 '11 at 13:59
That is so cool. THanks! – mattdm Jul 14 '11 at 15:39

Recent Nikon DSLRs like the D90 and D7000 that have Picture Controls, have a monochrome setting which will display B&W on the LCD. If you shoot RAW you can override the picture control in post processing and still have a color image if you like. JPGs would be produced in B&W.

I believe Live View will also display according to the picture control, so would display in monochrome. I will have to try it and confirm.

They also have in-camera image editing, which you could access with a couple of touches if you set them up in a custom menu.

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