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Capture One 20 Brings New Features, Camera Support, and Ease of Use


Phase One has announced the launch of Capture One 20, the latest major version of the popular photo editing software. The release brings a refined design, new processing capabilities, and workflow enhancements, many of which were developed directly from feedback from photographers using the software.

Here’s a rundown of the new and/or improved features found in Capture One 20:

Noise Reduction: “Retain colors and details like never before when shooting with high ISO. With improved noise reduction, start your editing with better quality images.”

Basic Color Editor: “Edit colors faster with a new Basic Color Editor that’s compact and easy to use. Click anywhere on the photo and drag to adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness of any colors – or edit with intuitive sliders. For more control, the Advanced Color Editor and Skin Tone tools are as powerful as ever.”

High Dynamic Range Tool: “Do more with contrast and tone thanks to the new High Dynamic Range tool. Recover highlights, boost shadows, darken the blacks or boost the brightest areas of your photo – all in one tool.”

Crop Tool: “Easily visualize and transform your crops thanks to the visible handles in the new Crop tool. Instantly crop from the center, rotate the crop or lock the aspect ratio using modifier keys.”

Image Culling: “Save up to 50% of your keystrokes when sorting images – enable “switch to next” to automatically switch to the next photo when you rate or tag. Works with sets so you can easily review multiple images at the same time and manage big projects in a snap.”
Scrolling Tools: “Work quickly and intuitively – scroll through all your tools with ease and pin your favorites to the top for instant access.”

Copy Layers and Masks: “Easily copy specific layers between photos – including photos with different formats and sizes – without replacing the existing layers on the destination photo.”  

Support for DNG Files: “Get the most accurate colors and sharpest details out of any camera model, drone or smartphone capturing DNG files.”

Interface: “Make a big difference to your workflow with small updates. We’ve added text to the icons so you can find tools instantly, made Masking tools easy to access and simplified the adjustments clipboard. Plus, get higher resolution thumbnails and adjust the viewer background color with one click.”

Keyboard Shortcuts: “Edit faster with new default shortcuts for zoom, full screen, Focus Mask and much more. Plus, customize the shortcuts further to create your ideal workflow.”

New Camera and Lens Support: “Capture One is offering RAW support for all the major camera brands and provides profiling and image correction support for lenses. As with the RAW file interpretation, Phase One carefully measures the optical characteristics of each supported lens and builds correction algorithms that compensate for the various optical imperfections of various designs. As a result, Capture One can correct for numerous common optical issues such as vignette, and chromatic aberration as needed for each of the supported lenses, providing you the best version of your image possible. And they are always adding support for the newest camera bodies and lenses.”

Here’s a short 1.5-minute video showing some of what’s new in the software:

Pricing and Availability

Capture One is available in different versions depending on what camera you use. Capture One Pro 20 supports cameras from all major brands, but if you use Sony or Fujifilm, there’s also Capture One Pro 20 (for Sony) and Capture One Pro (for Fujifilm).

A perpetual license for Capture One Pro 20 costs $299, and an upgrade to it will cost you $159. The Sony and Fujifilm versions can be perpetually licensed for $129.

If you’d rather pay monthly, you can subscribe to Capture One Pro 20 for $15 a month. The Sony and Fujifilm subscriptions cost $8 per month.

Finally, there’s a 30-day fully-featured free trial that allows you to thoroughly try out the software before you decide to drop money on it.