Phase One Capture One

Latest version: Capture One 12
Price: Perpetual licence £299, Subscription £20/month (paid annually)
More information: Capture One Pro – Professional RAW Image Editing Software – Free Trial

What is Capture One?

Capture One is an all-in-one image cataloguing, RAW processing and image enhancement tool that’s a direct rival to Adobe Lightroom. It offers the same non-destructive workflow, the same seamless editing of RAW, JPEG and TIFF files and similar local adjustment and enhancement tools. It’s more expensive than Lightroom but its RAW processing output is better, its local adjustments are more powerful and many feel its colour handling is superior. It doesn’t offer mobile synchronisation and apps like Lightroom, but it’s regarded by most studio photographers as the best choice for tethered shooting

Capture One Pros

  • Superb RAW conversions
  • Sophisticated local adjustments
  • Highly rated tethered shooting
  • Powerful cataloguing tools

Capture One Cons

  • More expensive than Lightroom
  • No mobile apps/syncing

Other information

  • The regular edition of Capture One covers all camera formats, but there are slightly cheaper Sony and Fujifilm versions which work with RAW files from those brands only.
  • Phase One also offers free ‘Capture One Express’ editions for Sony and Fujifilm with no local adjustments and fewer tools, but still with the same excellent RAW processing and full cataloguing tools.
  • Capture One is published by Phase One, which also makes medium format camera systems. Capture One 12 is the first version to support RAW files from the competing Fujifilm GFX system, following an agreement reached between the two companies.