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Capture One Pro 21 is a professional image editing software that made a name for itself in years past as one of the best image editing platforms for studio photography thanks to its dependable tethering ability.

What’s new in 2021?

New features include: 

A Magic Brush for quick selections and edits in images

Speed Edits through the use of key shortcuts to switch between tools

Style brushes lend non-destructive local adjustments

Other new features in Capture One Pro 21 come in the form of Dehaze ProStandard Profiles, HEIC support, and an Import viewer.

That said, it also serves well as a standard image editor and comes equipped with a treasure trove of editing tools to control: tone, color, lighting, correct lens distortion, add styles and preset filters, and more. It can most be easily compared to Adobe’s Lightroom Classic in that there is no cloud storage, comprehensively organizes stacks of images, and is easy to batch process edits.

Desktop-based with only local storage options, Capture One Pro 21 might not be the editing software for you if you need to be able to access your library and editing functions on mobile devices. To help remedy that issue, however, Capture One 22, due to be released in December 2021, will be coming to the Apple iPad.

It’s easy to keep things organized in Capture One Pro 21 with the use of keywords and smart albums which can work autonomously to differentiate between photo content and filter results based on user input. This image editor is a workhorse that’s hard to beat, with graphics acceleration (OpenCL) for speedy processing it harnesses your device’s graphics card (GPU) for efficient workflow. If you need to make notes on images as you go, you can also annotate non-destructively directly onto images for other team members to work from as you go.

The only downside to this software is the price. In fact, it's so expensive, that we ranked it at the bottom of our guide to the best photo editing apps currently available.

Capture One Pro 21 review: Features

  • Extensive color editing tools 
  • Simulate analog film grain 
  • Retouch images to remove and heal distractions 

There are very few things that Capture One Pro 21 doesn’t do well. Centered around perfecting color, there are two color editors to cover both basic and advanced toolsets controlling hue, saturation, lightness, and refining specific bandwidths of color.

The 3-way color balance tool makes accurate color grading easy by balancing hue and saturation in shadows, mid-tones, and highlights through the use of color wheels. There’s even a specific skin tone editing tool, supremely useful for portrait photographers and those retouching/editing images of people.

Accuracy and minimal distortion on photographs are of supreme importance for clear, precise images. That’s why the Details and Lens Corrections can remove chromatic aberration, vignetting, barrel, or pincushion distortion, and help refine sharpening and reduce noise. You can even correct the keystone effect in architectural images to prevent the lean-back look when shooting up-close buildings with a wide-angle lens.

Other features include expansive High Dynamic Range (HDR) editing for punchy shots, film curves based on camera profiles to give a cinematic and film quality to images, and a range of Styles and Presets that overlay for unique results. There’s also a whole host of retouching tools available to clone out distractions, heal blemishes, and fix optical issues such as sensor spots.

Capture One Pro 21 review: Compatibility and plugins

Capture One Pro 21 can import Adobe Lightroom catalogs for users that are switching between software but want to keep the integrity of their existing projects intact. It also opens layered Photoshop Document files and allows back and forth transfer between the softwares. All images are easily organized with keywords, filters, and smart albums.

Different product options give access to use the software with specific camera brands; choose from Capture One Pro 21 for Fujifilm, Sony, Nikon, or opt for the Every Camera option which supports all those, plus Canon and more. Capture One Pro 21 runs on both Windows (8.1 and 10 64-bit) and macOS (10.13 and above).

One of the most impressive functions of Capture One Pro 21 is the ability to customize layout. Right from the offset, you can switch around filmstrip and editing tool locations. Once you’re working on images, almost every part of the user interface is able to be repositioned and resized, something Adobe Lightroom Classic simply can’t compete with.

Capture One Pro 21 Review: Price and subscription options

Capture One Pro 21 offers both subscriptions and one-time payment options for using the software. Billed monthly or yearly, subscriptions run at $14 a month, and a one-time payment to keep your license forever is $299. 

Capture One Pro 21 review: Should you buy?

While Capture One Pro 21 is not ideal for the absolute beginner, anyone with prior use of any image editing software will quickly feel at home in this editor. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than Adobe Lightroom Classic, but armed with all the tools you could ever need plus work-specific high-end features such as skin tone color balance, it really does offer everything you need and more.

Thanks to the ultra-customizable layout, it can morph into any shape for photographers and editors that prefer to make things their own. A brilliant hardware-accelerated engine can process images quickly and output stunningly clean and sharp results from raw files. Considering it has two subscription packages and a one-time payment option, it caters to almost anyone who would want it; we’d hesitate to deter anyone from purchasing it, but it is slightly more expensive than other comparable editing software.

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Capture One 21 released, includes new editing tools, features and improved performance

Capture One has announced the release of Capture One 21. The newest version of its photo editor includes numerous new features and improvements designed to not only improve the photo editing process but also to make it faster and smarter.

The improvements to Capture One 21 are evident as soon as you begin importing new images into the software. The improved importer offers better selection tools, high-resolution thumbnails, faster importing, and the ability to import images from different folders at once. Within the importer, it is quicker to select which images you want, and which you want to cull.

Users can expect improved performance not only when importing images, but also when working with existing Catalogs and Sessions. Search and browsing performance have been improved.

With Enhanced Tooltips and expanded learning tools, Capture One 21 has been designed to be more approachable for new users. When navigating the Capture One interface, users can hover over a tool for an explanation of how it works and access links to additional learning resources. Experienced users can disable this feature in Preferences.

In addition to the tooltips, a new 'Learn' button adds access to a curated selection of tutorials to help users acquire new skills in Capture One and better understand the software's tools.

In terms of new tools, Capture One 21 includes a Dehaze slider. You could previously perform a pseudo-dehaze by combing different existing tools in Capture One, but the new version includes a dedicated Dehaze tool. Capture One 21 analyzes your image to automatically adjust contrast, saturation, and additional parameters, allowing the user to remove (or add) haze without negatively impacting the color and tone of the image. The tool relies upon an automatically generated shadow tone, but the user can override it to select a manual shadow tone. Dehaze can also be combined with adjustment layers and be selectively applied as well.

The new Dehaze tool in Capture One 21 promises smart, effective results. Image credit: Curtis Jones

On the topic of color consistency, Capture One 21 introduces new ProStandard profiles. Designed with color critical applications in mind, the ProStandard profile has been hand-tuned to preserve hue and saturation when adjusting images, especially when changing the contrast of an image. Where other raw converters tend to shift hue and saturation during certain editing processes, the ProStandard profile protects hues. Capture One calls it a 'true game changer for portrait and product photography.'

As of now, ProStandard profiles are available for select camera models, including popular cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Phase One, and Leica. To view currently supported cameras, click here. Additional camera support is in the works, and whenever a new camera model is profiled to Capture One, it will include the ProStandard profile.

The new ProStandard profile protects hue and saturation when making adjustments. Image credit: Arthur Keef

The inclusion of Leica cameras in the current ProStandard profile list is noteworthy. Capture One 21 supports a growing list of Leica cameras and for the first time includes tethering capabilities for Leica cameras. The latest version of Capture One also introduces HEIC (8-bit) support.

In pursuit of making image editing faster, Capture One 21 implements a new Speed Edit feature. Speed Edit lets you work on photos without touching a slider in the user interface. By holding down selected Speed Edit hotkeys, you can scroll, drag or use arrow keys on your selected input to make fast edits, even when viewing images in full screen mode and with no user interface elements displayed. You can also batch edit using this feature. Since you must hold down a selected key, it doesn't interfere with existing hotkey assignments.

Capture One 21 also includes improved brush editing. Users can now change the size, hardness, opacity and flow of a selected brush by using modifier keys and a mouse, trackpad or tablet pen. This removes the preexisting need to right-click.

Capture One 21 Pro is available now. You can purchase a perpetual license or pay a monthly subscription fee. For new customers, a perpetual license costs $299 USD. Upgrade prices start at $159. Subscriptions are $20/month.

Capture One 21 is also available in dedicated versions for Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm owners. These versions are $129 for perpetual licenses and $109 to upgrade. Subscriptions are $9.99/month.

For full purchasing information, visit Capture One. You can also download a 30-day free trial of Capture One 21.


Pro 21 one capture

Capture One 21 Pro is a non-destructive image cataloguing and editing program that offers an almost identical set of features to Lightroom Classic. 

It is roughly twice the price of Lightroom, but it’s designed for professional workflows either with tethered studio shooting in ‘sessions’, or for large-scale Lightroom-style image cataloguing, organising and editing. It also has a more powerful layers-based approach to local adjustments, advanced color controls and a raw processing engine which produces smoother, crisper output than Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.

Capture One is a desktop application that uses desktop storage, so it’s closest to Lightroom Classic and quite unlike the cloud-based Lightroom CC. It was originally developed and sold by medium format camera maker Phase One, but it’s now been split off into its own company.

Capture One (the company) also makes a range of Style packs, which are the equivalent of Lightroom presets and can be bought separately or as bundles with the software.

Capture One 21 Pro: Specifications

Processor (Mac): Intel Core i3 (4-core recommended)
Processor (Windows): Intel or AMD CPU with 2 cores (4-core recommended)
OS (Mac): macOS 10.13, macOS 10.14, macOS 10.15, macOS 11.0
OS (Windows): Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit
RAM: 8GB (16+GB recommended)
Hard disk space: 10GB (SSD recommended)

Capture One 21 Pro: Key features

Capture One offers both a ‘sessions’ based workflow for studio photography, and tethered shooting is its speciality – Capture One has just announced a partnership with Leica to allow tethered shooting with Leica cameras for the first time ever. Sessions are ideal when you need to shoot, select and edit images for a client on a job by job basis.

Capture One can also work as a Lightroom-style cataloguing tool, storing all our images in a centralized catalog with tools for sorting, filtering and rating your images, and the ability to store them in collections and smart collections. Capture One says that searching and browsing is faster than ever in this latest version.

Capture One 21 can ‘reference’ your images in their existing locations, but Mac users may be interested to learn that it can also import them into the catalog itself, so that you get a single big catalog file rather than having your photos spread across your computer – just like Apple’s long-lamented Aperture.

Capture One’s editing tools are non-destructive, just like Lightroom’s, and organised into configurable tabs at the side of the screen. It doesn’t have the multi-module layout of Lightroom Classic, and all your tasks, including image export, take place in a single window, with the option to display the Viewer (for editing), Browser panel or both.

The global adjustment tools are very powerful, and include both RGB and Luminance curves adjustments, high dynamic range controls, advanced selective color editing and, in Capture One 21, a new Dehaze tool.

The local adjustments are especially interesting. Where Lightroom uses ‘pins’ to position adjustments directly on the image, Capture One uses adjustment layers with powerful masking options. Lightroom’s local adjustment tools are a subset of the full range, but Capture One lets you use all adjustments on any adjustment layer. You can even name them to remind yourself what you’ve done.

Other new features in Capture One 21 include support for 8-bit Apple HEIC image files, and new ProStandard Profiles for selected cameras, to give more accurate and consistent colors during adjustments.

Capture One 21 editions

If you go for the Pro version reviewed here, it works out at about twice the price of Lightroom. Lightroom is subscription-only, of course, but you can get a subscription to Capture One 21 too, and its twice the price of the Adobe Photography Plan at $19 per month. Alternatively, you can buy a perpetual license for $299/£299.

However, we always like to point out that ‘perpetual’ licenses don’t include version updates. Sooner or later you’ll need to pay to upgrade to a newer version, so subscriptions (which include updates) do make a lot of sense.

There are other Capture One versions. You can get Sony, Nikon or Fujifilm-specific editions at a much lower price of $199 for a perpetual license or $9 per month.

There are even free Capture One Express for Fujifilm and Sony editions, which are basic cut-down versions of the full software, but still deliver Capture One’s excellent raw processing and output.

Ease of use

You wouldn’t call Capture One 21 beginner-friendly, exactly, but for anyone who already knows their way around an image-editor, it’s perfectly straightforward. Initially, the number of tool tabs, and the number of panels on each, can look daunting, but you quickly remember where the tools you need are located, and there’s a Quick tool tab where you can gather together all your favorite settings.

The interface is very easy to customise, and each tool tabs has a fixed and a scrolling section where panels will expand and contract automatically to fit the screen space, or you can leave them open and scroll the panel up and down.

The local adjustment tools are really slick. The options are similar to those in Lightroom, with a manual brush tool, linear gradient and radial gradient, and there is an auto mask option and ‘luminance masking’ that applies a mask selectively, based on the colors and tones in the image.

What makes the differences is that your adjustments are stored on layers, and you can even rename the layers to remind you what you’ve done and where to find each adjustment.

Capture One is clearly trying to capture (sorry!) a broader audience, too. Capture One 21 has a new Learn button which display a curated set of tutorials.

Quality of results

If you’ve only ever used Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom for your raw processing, you might be surprised to learn that all raw processors are not the same. Lightroom is good at rendering textures but rather noisy, even in comparison to in-camera JPEGs. Capture One is completely different. Raw images are much smoother and much less noisy, and fine detail is rendered with biting clarity. Lightroom is all right, but Capture One’s raw processing is on a higher level.

There is a new Dehaze tool which is interesting, and it’s not like the one in Lightroom. It has a subtler contrast increasing effect without the increased noise and sometimes over-processed look of the Lightroom tool. It’s different, though not necessarily better.

Capture One doesn’t support quite the same number of cameras and lenses as Lightroom but it’s close, and you can check the Capture One cameras supported online.

There will be some things you can’t do in Capture One that require a regular photo editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, or a plug-in. Capture One does not support plug-ins in the same way that Adobe does, but it does offer round-tripping to external editors, which can amount to the same thing. Because the Nik Collection plug-ins also work as standalone programs, you can use them as external editors in Capture One too.

Capture One 21: Verdict

Capture One 21 is fast, efficient and polished. It has tutorials for new users but it’s not aimed at beginners. It is ideal, however, for photographers who already have a little experience and are looking for a step up in control, image quality and workflow.

It’s ideal too for professional photographers working in a studio, and held in high regard as the probably the best tethered shooting tool for pros.

But Capture One is not just for studio photographers – it’s perfect for anyone who shoots raw and wants to get the best possible results from their raw files. This is where Capture One really excels.

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You said more intuitive – so in our latest update, we redesigned some key everyday features and added another powerful way to create masks. Enjoy the smoothest workflow yet.

  • More features added to our asset management. You can now view the contents of sub folders and synchronise new folders.
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Magic brush

Create complex masks in a split-second. Simply doodle over an area you wish to mask using the Magic Brush – and Capture One fills in the rest for you. It’s fun to use, and the result is a precise and refined mask for total accuracy.

Speed Edit

Revolutionize how fast you edit photos. Speed Edit lets you work seamlessly without touching a slider on the interface – simply hold down selected hotkeys and scroll, drag or use the arrow keys to make rapid edits. You can even adjust multiple photos at once for the fastest ever batch edit.

Style Brushes

Quickly brush edits anywhere on your photo – without manually creating a Layer. Simply select a Style Brush with your desired adjustment, and brush it over your target area. You can even create your own Style Brushes for your favorite adjustments.


Eliminate haze and reduce flatness in your images – all in one slider. The powerful new Dehaze tool automatically adjusts contrast, saturation and other elements in flat photos.

ProStandard Profiles

Stay true to real life with the most authentic colors yet. These new camera profiles preserve original colors better than ever, protecting hues from changes caused by contrast. A lifesaver for portrait and product photography – and any image that relies on authentic color.
Available for selected camera models.

HEIC support

Capture One 21 Raw Photo Editor Explore Features Heic Michelle Watt

With support for HEIC files (8-bit), you can now edit photos from your Apple devices and more in Capture One.

Import viewer

Save time and disk space by only importing the photos you want to edit. The Import Viewer lets you view your images in large size and cull them directly in the Importer.

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Next-level tools

Explore the complete set of professional editing features below.

Basic Color Editor

Edit colors fast with a compact and intuitive Basic Color Editor. Click anywhere on the photo and drag to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of any color – or adjust colors with simple sliders.

Advanced Color Editor

Get total control of colors with the Advanced Color Editor. Define color ranges to adjust hue, saturation and lightness with complete precision.

True-to-life colors

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Color Control Straight From Camera

Get the best possible starting point for your editing. Capture One renders RAW files with true-to-life colors that are custom profiled to all major camera brands.

Color Balance Tool

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Color Controle Color Balance

For precise color grading, use the intuitive Color Balance tool to add color tints and adjust luminosity individually for shadows, midtones and highlights.

Skin Tone Editing

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Color Controle Skin Tone Editing

Create accurate skin tones without complex retouching thanks to three Uniformity sliders for hue, saturation and lightness. Apply these as a local adjustment for maximum control.

Black and White tool

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Color Controle Black And White

Control black and white conversion while minimizing the amount of introduced noise for a smooth result.

Nikon Profiles

capture one raw photo editor feature page new features Nikon profiles

For selected Nikon camera models, get even more editing options with built-in Nikon profiles that match the colors in your camera. See supported models.


Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Details And Lens Profiles Sharpening

Get extensive sharpening tools to fully control the process, from Amount to Halo Suppression. Add additional sharpening to your Process Recipes so your images look their best in any size.

Noise Reduction

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Details And Lens Profiles Noise Reduction

Get the cleanest possible images with powerful noise reduction matched to both your camera and ISO setting. And retain colors and details like never before when shooting with high ISO.

Output Proofing

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Details And Lens Profiles Output Proofing

Tweak your Export recipes to perfection – quickly view the final result of each Export recipe without processing the image first.

Simulated Film Grain

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Details And Lens Profiles Simulated Film Grain

Give your photos an analog feel by adding Film Grain to your images. Choose from 6 types of grain and adjust Impact and Granularity for more control over your final look.


Eliminate moiré that arises in complex, repetitive patterns. Apply as a local adjustment for maximum control.

Lens corrections

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Details And Lens Profiles Lens Correction

Fix distortion, chromatic aberration and light and sharpness fall-off thanks to custom lens profiles.


Capture One Raw Phovto Editor Feature Page Details And Lens Profiles Keystone

Straighten the perspective by using vertical or horizontal lines with an easy-to-use Keystone tool in the viewer.

Exposure, contrast and saturation

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Image Editing Exposure Contrast Saturation

Get powerful adjustment tools to make precise changes across exposure, contrast and saturation.

High Dynamic Range

Take total control of contrast and tone with the High Dynamic Range tool. Recover highlights, boost shadows, darken the blacks or boost the brightest areas of your photos – all in one tool.

Curves and levels

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Image Editing Curves And Levels

Control luminosity and contrast with levels, RGB curve and individual channel curves for red, green and blue. Plus, use the Luma curve to adjust luminosity without affecting hue and saturation.

Clarity and Structure

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Image Editing Clarity And Structure

Get 4 methods of Clarity for different settings and use Structure to add extra definition to fine details.

Film Curves

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Image Editing Film And Curves

Manage the initial look of your RAW file with different Film Curves for optimal control of your image.

Styles and Presets

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Image Editing Styles And Presets

Make fast edits to your photos with Styles – instant looks developed by leading photographers. Capture One includes 3 Style Packs. Plus, create your own or get even more looks in the Styles store.

Heal Brush

Remove unwanted elements fast with the Heal Brush – Capture One will automatically find the best source point to cover up your selected target.

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Clone Brush

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Automatically create a Clone Layer – use the Clone Brush to select the source target you want to clone.
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Radial Masks

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Layers Radial Gradient

Quickly create and shape round masks with soft edges. Use them for custom vignettes, to apply creative effects or enhance the focus.

Linear Gradient

Quickly create and shape linear gradients with smooth transitions – like into the sky.

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Layers Gradient

Luminosity Masking

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Layers Luminosity Masking

Limit masks to a selected luminosity range to make fast, precise adjustments to your selected shadows, midtones or highlights.

Feather Mask and Refine Mask

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Layers Feather Mask And Refine Mask

Soften the edges of masks after drawing by dragging a slider to feather the edges – or use the Refine Edge to give your mask a more precise edge.

Grey Scale Mask

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Layers Grey Scale Mask After

Visualize your mask without the distraction of the image by switching to Grey Scale, so you can easily catch and correct any missed areas of your mask.

Lightroom Importer

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page New Features Lightroom Importer

Import your Lightroom Catalog directly into Capture One for a smooth switch. Your basic image adjustments and folder structures will be replicated in Capture One – without risking your original files.

Export recipes

Export photos in different formats for different locations – all at once. With these advanced export settings, you can produce images for web, Instagram and print in one go.

Catalogs and Sessions

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Organize Your Images Catalogs And Sessions

Use the folder structure in Sessions to organize smaller groups of files or projects – or Catalogs for large collections of images and long-term organizing in a database-driven workflow.

Sorting and culling tools

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Organize Your Images Selecting Rating Culling

Sort images efficiently with star rating and color tagging. Enable “switch to next” to automatically switch to the next photo when you rate or tag to sort through big projects fast.

Filters and Smart Albums

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Organize Your Images Filters And Smart Albums

Search your collections using filters – from star ratings to lens type – to find any image fast. You can also create Smart Albums based on filters for quicker access to specific photos.

Keywords and Keyword Lists

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Organize Your Images Keywords

Manage keywords from multiple images in a few clicks – and create multiple keyword libraries to keep track.

PSD round-trip support

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Organize Your Images Psd Round Trip

Capture One supports reading of layered PSD-files, so you can round-trip perfectly with Photoshop and get a smooth workflow across programs.

Customizable workspace

Design your workspace to suit you. Arrange tools and buttons anywhere you like – and hide the ones you don’t use.

Tethered Capture

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Nikon Feature Tethered (1)

Get instant live review – shoot images directly to your computer with the industry’s fastest and most reliable tethered capture.


Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Workflow And Performance Tokens

Use Tokens in text fields to easily create folders, rename images or add watermarks with dynamic information that updates to match each image – e.g. the ISO-token updates to match an image’s ISO.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Workflow And Performance Keyboard Shortcuts

Edit and organize faster with an extensive library of keyboard shortcuts – and customize the shortcuts further to create your ideal workflow.


Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Workflow And Performance Annotations

Annotate your images with handwritten notes and drawings – so you can jot down reminders or add notes for your retoucher. Plus, keep the annotations as a separate layer in your exported PSD file.

Copy Adjustments

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Workflow And Performance Copy Adjustments

Save time when batch editing by copying adjustments from one image to others. You can copy all the adjustments, adjustments from a single tool or specific tools from the Adjustments clipboard.

Graphics Acceleration

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Feature Page Workflow And Performance Graphics Accelerations

Graphics acceleration (OpenCL) utilizes the power of your graphics card (GPU) for a smooth editing experience.

Before / After tool

Capture One Raw Photo Editor Features Before After

Review your edits in one click. Choose between the Full View and Split Screen Slider to instantly compare your edited image to the original RAW file.
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Find the Capture One that's right for you

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Capture One 21 Pro review: Raw power

Getting started with Capture One Pro can be intimidating. Maybe it’s the “pro” in the name. Or perhaps it’s the fact that it used to be designed specifically for high-end photographers shooting with fancy Phase One medium format digital cameras. Capture One Pro software has come a long way from those days, though. It still comes with a learning curve, but it’s now one of the most powerful and complete image editing programs around. It also has some distinct advantages over its venerable adversary, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic. Here’s a look at the latest version of Capture One to help you decide the future of your photography workflow.

What is Capture One 21 Pro?

Like Lightroom Classic, Capture One 21 Pro is designed to handle your entire raw processing workflow. You drag in raw files from your camera, sort them, edit them, then export finished versions to match your specific needs. 

It’s a non-destructive editor, which means it leaves your original files alone during the editing process. Capture One keeps track of your adjustments and lets you see them in real-time as you make changes. Then, you can export a finished version while leaving your raw file untouched. 

Getting organized

Capture One Pro camera details

Capture One Pro gives you two options when you’re importing images. You can reference files that sit in folders on your hard drive or the program gives you the option to bring the files into the CaptureOne Library and store everything in one enormous file. If you’ve ever used Apple Photos or even Apple’s old pro-grade image processing software, Aperture, this is the same basic mechanism. 

I prefer to leave my photos in their folders, mostly out of paranoia. Conglomerating everything into one big file would be handy for managing space, though. Lightroom doesn’t offer this feature at all. 

Starting the edit process with Capture One Pro

Here’s where things start to get a little complicated, at least if you’re new to the program. Capture One splits its editing tools up into panels, which are represented by icons in the top left area of the interface. Within those panels, you’ll find all the standard editing options, as well as some more advanced adjustments for high-skill users. The Exposure panel contains most of the familiar sliders for adjusting things like exposure and color balance. 

You’ll find a row of cursor tools across the top of the frame. These are more similar to Photoshop’s tools. They allow you to crop, rotate, and even add selective adjustments to the image. 

Digging into layers

Those selective adjustments mentioned above represent another way in which Capture One works very differently from Adobe Lightroom Classic. Capture One adds adjustment layers to your image so you can easily tweak and even discard them if you screw up. In Lightroom, local adjustments aren’t as flexible and don’t give you as much forgiveness if you mess up. 

Image quality

Capture One Pro presets

When it comes to pure image quality, I find Capture One the best in the bunch. Every raw conversion software works slightly differently and whatever Capture One does, seems to work at least a little better than its competition. 

Once you start working on the image, Capture One offers a number of styles and preset looks to choose from. As with many other editing programs, many of the styles deliver somewhat underwhelming results that look rather unnatural. Capture One’s presets, however, provide simple adjustments that I have found helpful on more than one occasion. As you scroll over the preset names, you can get a real-time preview of how it will affect the image. 

Capture One Pro also supports third-party presets. If you already bought some preset packs from a brand or influencer, you should check to see if they’re compatible with Capture One as well as Lightroom. Many of them don’t work across platforms. Some will make you rebuy presets you’ve already paid for to work on your new program. 

I was pleasantly surprised by Capture One’s auto adjustment tool. It’s easy to brush off automatic corrections as lazy and ineffective, but this one didn’t offend my eyeballs, which puts it above just about every other one I’ve ever tried. 

The Auto-Adjust feature even lets you tweak which aspects of the photo you want it to affect. You can select any of the following: White balance, exposure, contrast and brightness, high dynamic range, levels, rotation, and keystone. It’s handier than you might expect, even if you’re an editing snob. 

Learning the ropes of Capture One Pro

There’s nothing quite like practice to help you learn a new process. But, Capture One also includes a Learn channel right in the program itself. Click the button in the upper right of the interface and it brings up a pop-up with a host of video tutorials to guide you through various parts of the editing process. 

I know it’s tempting to blow past stuff like this and learn by clicking buttons and cranking sliders. But, the tutorials are well-done and very informative so I recommend them if you’re thinking about committing to Capture One 21 Pro long term. 

Working around plug-ins

While some image editing programs allow for plug-ins to tweak their functionality, Capture One doesn’t work like that. Instead, the program allows you to send images to another program to make adjustments before bring the tweaked file back in to finish it up and export it. This isn’t as convenient as simply installing a plug-in, but it gets around weirdness with compatibility and security when plug-ins malfunction or go out of date. 

Shooting tethered

When Capture One was new, tethered shooting was a huge part of its appeal. This feature allows you to connect your camera directly to a computer and automatically import each shot after it’s captured. 

Capture One makes this process very easy and it works super quickly. It’s the best tethering experience in my opinion. 

Speed and performance

For a while, Capture One 21 Pro had a noticeable speed advantage over Lightroom in terms of loading previews and applying adjustments. Now, the gap seems much closer. Capture One still feels a little faster, but it’s not a vast difference. 

Learning the keyboard shortcuts will really help speed up the overall experience. Like in Photoshop, you can cycle through the different cursor tools using specific letters on the keyboard. It’s handy and, once you learn them, you likely won’t forget them. It becomes second nature. 

Capture One 21 Pro buying options

If you want a full version of Capture One 21 Pro, you can buy it outright for $299. That’s not cheap, but it’s not even an option in the Adobe ecosystem. If you want Lightroom Classic, you’ll have to pay for a subscription each month no matter what. Capture One also offers a subscription, but it costs $20 per month. That’s twice the price as Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan, which also includes the full version of Photoshop. 

If you only need support for specific camera systems, you may be able to get the program cheaper. Capture One offers specific Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm editions (sorry Canon) that offer a discount. In those cases, the full version costs $199 and the annual subscription will set you back $149. That’s a very noticeable reduction. 

It’s worth noting that the versions work the old-fashioned way. Buying a full copy of Capture One 21 Pro will get you future updates, but it won’t get you free access to full releases in the future. So, even if you buy a full version of Capture One 21 Pro, you’ll have to pay an upgrade fee when Capture One 22 Pro comes down the line. 

Who should buy Capture One Pro?

If you’re looking for something that’s compatible across mobile and desktop, Capture One isn’t the way to go. While Adobe has made serious efforts to integrate its Creative Cloud experience across devices, Capture One is only built for computers, at least for the moment.

Pound-for-pound, Capture One Pro is the best raw image editing software on the market at the moment. It comes with a learning curve and, if you’re transitioning from Lightroom Classic, you may find it rather jarring. Capture One offers a 30-day trial period in which you get full access to the program to see if it fits your workflow. Even if you’re a die-hard Adobe fan, it’s worth a try.


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