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Capture One launches Capture One 21

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COPENHAGEN, Dec 8th, 2020: Capture One, the premier name in photo editing software, celebrates the release of the newest version, Capture One 21.

Linking our heritage to our future, this new version of Capture One reimagines the relationship between form and function to create a seamless bond between creator and creation. Combining its best-loved elements like personalized Workspaces and powerful Color Editor with new and exciting features like Speed Edit for immersive editing and Dehaze, to improve atmospheric conditions, Capture One 21 brings a new type of user experience; one that helps creators push the boundaries of their creativity by removing distraction and making it easy to exploit one’s creative potential.

Carrying on the tradition of development driven by user feedback, Capture One 21 is rooted in developing solutions to current challenges and anticipating tomorrow’s needs. With new ProStandard Color Profiles Capture One 21 introduces color technology that preserves authentic colors to overcome the challenge of unwanted hue changes when applying adjustments, and new HEIC support means Capture One is ready to work with cameras of today and tomorrow. It is also now easier than ever to learn Capture One with enhanced tooltips and easy access to tutorials right from within the software. Complimenting this suite of new features are improvements to current ones, bringing faster asset management and an improved importer to make organization effortless and quick.

Furthering its commitment to providing unparalleled raw processing and tethering with more than 500 different camera models, Capture One is delighted to launch a new collaboration with Leica Camera AG to bring industry-leading tethering support to a growing catalog of Leica cameras, starting off with the Leica SL2 and Leica S3.

“Capture One 21 bridges our heritage to the future, carrying forward the achievements of our team and the creative community we are inspired by,” says Jan Hyldebrandt-Larsen, VP Product Management, CPO at Capture One. “We understand that art and tastes don’t stop evolving, so we provide performance that won’t stop advancing. We are very excited about Capture One 21 and look forward to seeing what photographers create with it, and to embrace new generations of creatives.”

New features and tools in Capture One 21

  • 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.

  • Dehaze

Eliminate haze and the most undesirable atmospheric weather conditions with the ease of moving one slider. The groundbreaking new Dehaze tool uses deep analytic algorithms to assess and automatically adjust contrast, saturation and a matrix of other parameters to remove haze and reveal the image you want.

  • Faster Asset Management

Get seamless asset management. With increased power and speed, it’s now faster than ever to import, search and browse photos in Catalogs and Sessions.

  • Improved Importer

With better selection, high-resolution thumbnails, and faster importing, it’s smoother, easier, and quicker to select images directly in the importer – and cull the ones you don’t want. Plus, import images from different folders all at once.

  • Enhanced Tooltips

The onboarding experience and familiarization with Capture One is now smoothest it has ever been, thanks to the new enhanced tooltips. Navigate the Capture One interface with ease – simply hover over a tool for a quick explanation of how it works and links for more learning.  Enable or disable them from Preferences as you like.

  • Learn

It’s never been easier to get started and master Capture One. Together with the enhanced tooltips, the new “Learn” button allows users to quickly access a curated selection of tutorials designed to help you learn step-by-step, right from within the software, and immediately put new skills into practice.

  • HEIC Support

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

  • ProStandard Profiles

Stay true to real life with the most authentic colors yet, using the new color science/technology in the new ProStandard Profiles. These new camera profiles overcome the challenge of unwanted color shifts while making adjustments, protecting hues from changes caused by contrast. This is a true game-changer for portrait and product photography – and any image that relies on authentic color.

Available for select camera models that can be found at support.captureone.com

  • Easy Brush Adjusting

It’s now possible to easily change the size, hardness, opacity, and flow of any brush by using modifier keys and a mouse / trackpad / pen, removing the need to right-click.

Capture One & Leica

Unlike other raw processors, Capture One’s camera profiles are uniquely developed for each specific camera model, a process that requires the use of the camera in and out of a controlled lab in Copenhagen, where a team of specialists engage each new model in various scenarios. They then evaluate all the performance parameters such as color, sharpness, and noise across hundreds of images and uses that data to deliver a truly tailored profile, which ultimately provides the best post-processing experience. Capture One 21 brings this level of support to a growing list of Leica cameras, and for the first time brings tethering capabilities to those models.

Read all about Capture One 21 at: www.captureone.com

New camera and lens support

Capture One provides users with the most accurate and powerful image editing available, and the wide-ranging support of cameras and lenses is a hallmark of the software. For enthusiasts and professionals alike, Capture One continually evolves to handle the newest cameras and lenses.

Capture One carefully evaluates and interprets each camera’s RAW formats, allowing Capture One to present images with the utmost fidelity, often bringing out nuances that other programs can’t even perceive.

Currently offering RAW support for more than 500 cameras, Capture One also provides profiling and image correction support for more than 500 lenses. As with the RAW file interpretation, Capture 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.

Availability

Capture One 21 release date is December 8th, 2020.

Pricing

Capture One 21 is available as a perpetual license or subscription:

  • Capture One Pro 21:
    • Perpetual License: $299
    • Upgrades from select previous generations starting at $159
    • Subscription starting at $20/month
  • Capture One 21 for Nikon, Capture One 21 (for Sony) and Capture One 21 for Fujifilm
    • Perpetual License: $129
    • Upgrades from select previous generations starting at $109
    • Subscription starting at $9.99/month

For a complete list of all products and licensing options, visit: www.captureone.com/store

For a 30-day fully-featured free trial of Capture One 21, visit www.captureone.com/download

cayenne

EOS R6
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Mar 28, 2012
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Am I the only one that finds this list of improvements pretty much a "meh" moment?

Ok, I mean, dehire, that's good. But the "Speed Edit"...meh.
The Pro Profiles...ok, might be nice, but not earth shattering enough for me to have to buy it.

I was hoping they might try to make their interface a bit less clunky....?

I like using the tool, I have the version 20, I only jumped into it to get one of my newer cameras to work properly tethered and then started delving into it and I like how their luminosity and other masking works and I like the way their tonal adjustments all work.

But the interface is a bit clunky and there are better features I could see being added, maybe pano stitching in app...or focus stacking, etc.

I was a bit suspicious when they started with all the 20% or more off if you bought pre-release sight unseen.

I assume that they're promoting the most major improvements in their advertising..and frankly I just don't see a single thing that is worth the upgrade to this point.

While I plan to watch their Dec 10th (I think it is) demo of the new version 21, so far my reaction is a resounding "MEH".
 
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pardus

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Does it add lens profiles? my 20. whatever still only has 4 RF lens profiles and none that are mine. no RF24-70mm 2.8 IS yet?
 

peters

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Dec 25, 2017
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I must say, I love Capture One. It is BY FAR the most powerfull RAW converter. Lightroom is not even anywhere near it.
But I must also say: 169 USD for an update (after what feels like 1 year of usage of Capture on 20) is realy expensive. I will never rent a single piece of software. But these prices are a realy a bit high.
Also these are not realy new features, mostly small improvements. I guess I will skip this version.
 

Codebunny

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I must say, I love Capture One. It is BY FAR the most powerfull RAW converter. Lightroom is not even anywhere near it.
But I must also say: 169 USD for an update (after what feels like 1 year of usage of Capture on 20) is realy expensive. I will never rent a single piece of software. But these prices are a realy a bit high.
Also these are not realy new features, mostly small improvements. I guess I will skip this version.

You can pay less per month or more per full release. Your version 20 also didn’t stop working, nor did mine. Ether way if you want every upgrade it’ll cost you about the same, and why wouldn’t it?
 

COBRASoft

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I must say, I love Capture One. It is BY FAR the most powerfull RAW converter. Lightroom is not even anywhere near it.
But I must also say: 169 USD for an update (after what feels like 1 year of usage of Capture on 20) is realy expensive. I will never rent a single piece of software. But these prices are a realy a bit high.
Also these are not realy new features, mostly small improvements. I guess I will skip this version.
More powerful than PhotoLabs 4?
 

Juangrande

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I must say, I love Capture One. It is BY FAR the most powerfull RAW converter. Lightroom is not even anywhere near it.
But I must also say: 169 USD for an update (after what feels like 1 year of usage of Capture on 20) is realy expensive. I will never rent a single piece of software. But these prices are a realy a bit high.
Also these are not realy new features, mostly small improvements. I guess I will skip this version.
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I’d like to know why it’s significantly cheaper for Nikon, Sony, and Fuji users. $109 vs $159 for the update. I’d be more willing to consider it at $109.
 
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Codebunny

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I’d like to know why it’s significantly cheaper for Nikon, Sony, and Fuji users. $109 vs $159 for the update. I’d be more willing to consider it at $109.

The Nikon, Sony, and Fuji ones are specifically for those cameras and also have free express versions. Canon doesn't have a deal with them nor a Canon sponsored photographer to train the users. Canon users and previously Nikon users had to get the every camera version. Capture One for Nikon came out this year with Capture One for Nikon Express too and all kinds of work put into it to make sure it had Nikon specific colour profiles.
 
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zim

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The Nikon, Sony, and Fuji ones are specifically for those cameras and also have free express versions. Canon doesn't have a deal with them nor a Canon sponsored photographer to train the users. Canon users and previously Nikon users had to get the every camera version. Capture One for Nikon came out this year with Capture One for Nikon Express too and all kinds of work put into it to make sure it had Nikon specific colour profiles.
That's the bit that annoys me as an enthusiast but if i was a pro that wouldn't (shouldn't) be an issue.
 

cayenne

EOS R6
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Mar 28, 2012
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I must say, I love Capture One. It is BY FAR the most powerfull RAW converter. Lightroom is not even anywhere near it.
But I must also say: 169 USD for an update (after what feels like 1 year of usage of Capture on 20) is realy expensive. I will never rent a single piece of software. But these prices are a realy a bit high.
Also these are not realy new features, mostly small improvements. I guess I will skip this version.


Yeah, that's a bit steep.

I"m like you in that I don't "rent" my software either.

Well, one thing is that, likely as not somewhere in 2021 I"m guessing the price will drop a bit for upgrade and by that point we'll see what updates this version has and can see if it is worth the upgrade then.

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pauhana

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Dec 24, 2014
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Think i will pass on upgrade also. Not enough to justify the cost IMO, but that's just me
 

Codebunny

Elil
Sep 5, 2018
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Scotland
I think they're under the impression that we've had business as usual, I'll stick with v12 until my Clients feel comfortable with shooting again...that should be around Spring of '21, right?

They start doing progressive discounts as the years go on. I got C1 20 ay 66% discount and we'll see 21 get something similar by the end of next year. Also mind not everyone is suffering, and the developers at C1 need to keep their income flowing too.
 
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From my perspective, I'm still running version 11 because I just haven't seen a real reason to upgrade. I use it mostly for the live tethered capture for product photography which is essential and not provided by LR. Once this function is complete I'm free to switch to ACR / LR / PS. Their color tools and RAW OOC are both nice but it seems like other tools have employed similar functionality in recent updates. They also seem to save updates for a single shot rather than smaller incremental updates like you'd see in Adobe.

At some point I'll upgrade but I'd need a compelling reason to do so or some cash filling my pockets.
 

privatebydesign

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I must say, I love Capture One. It is BY FAR the most powerfull RAW converter. Lightroom is not even anywhere near it.
But I must also say: 169 USD for an update (after what feels like 1 year of usage of Capture on 20) is realy expensive. I will never rent a single piece of software. But these prices are a realy a bit high.
Also these are not realy new features, mostly small improvements. I guess I will skip this version.
Two points,

First, please show us the difference, because whilst I have seen pixel level differences that illustrate the benefits of Capture One I have not seen examples of image wide benefits, that is when you look at the entire actual image as you would on delivery I just don’t see noticeable advantages of any RAW processor over another.

Second, at some point people will realize that is the cost of developing and supporting this kind of program. It doesn’t matter how you pay for it, monthly (which has huge advantages for professional users) or in ‘one off’ ’perpetual’ licenses that don’t work on your next camera or in your next OS and need ‘upgrades’ every year or two to keep current.
 

peters

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Dec 25, 2017
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Two points,

First, please show us the difference, because whilst I have seen pixel level differences that illustrate the benefits of Capture One I have not seen examples of image wide benefits, that is when you look at the entire actual image as you would on delivery I just don’t see noticeable advantages of any RAW processor over another.

Second, at some point people will realize that is the cost of developing and supporting this kind of program. It doesn’t matter how you pay for it, monthly (which has huge advantages for professional users) or in ‘one off’ ’perpetual’ licenses that don’t work on your next camera or in your next OS and need ‘upgrades’ every year or two to keep current.
Of course you can achieve results which are pretty much the same with nearly all RAW converters. But its a big question how quickly and easy you can achieve this. The general performance when moving sliders (even on 4k screens where the changes are rendered instantly) and the export speed (and options) alone are reason enough to prefer C1 over lightroom. And than the way better handling of highlights, general sharpness, better finetuning of skintones.... you can achieve this in lightroom, but it takes way more time in my experience.

You are right on point 2 though :)
 
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