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Capture One 21 launches


Capture One 21, the latest version of the image editing software that was originally designed for processing files from Phase One cameras has arrived with speed and ease of editing at the heart of the update.

Capture One 21 also introduces new ProStandard Color Profiles, new colour technology that is designed to preserve natural colours and reduce unwanted hue changes when adjustments are applied.

Crucially, for new useres, there are also enhanced tooltips and easy access to tutorials from within the software.

Here’s a summary of what Capture One 21 has to offer:

Speed Edit
Speed Edit lets you adjust images without touching a slider, you just hold down selected hotkeys and scroll, drag or use the arrow keys to make quick edits. This approach can be taken with several images for fast batch editing.

Although haze reduction has been possible within Capture One for a while, it previously required a combination of tools to get the desired result. Capture One 21 has a dedicated Dehaze tool that uses deep analytic algorithms to assess and automatically adjust contrast, saturation and other parameters to remove haze.

Faster File Management
Capture One 21 enables files to be imported faster than the previous version and search results appear quicker. In addition, thumbnails render quicker when browsing Catalogs and Sessions.

It’s also possible to import images from several folders at once and to select specific images for import.

Enhanced Tooltips
Simply hover over a tool to see a short explanation of how it works along with links for more learning.  This can be enabled or disabled via the Preferences.

A new ‘Learn’ button gives a quick route to a selection of tutorials from within the software.

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
New color science/technology in the new ProStandard Profiles enables you to make adjustments while retaining the true colour of the scene and prevent unwanted colour shifts caused by contrast changes.

This isn’t automatically enabled for existing cameras to prevent the software from making retrospective adjustments to previously edited images, but it can be activated. The profiles will also be available for any new cameras that come along.

At launch, there will be ProStandard Profiles for a selection of Canon, Nikon, Sony and Phase One cameras, but more will be added over coming months.

Easy Brush Adjusting
Capture One 21 enables the size, hardness, opacity, and flow of any brush to be adjusted using modifier keys and a mouse or trackpad or pen, removing the need to right-click.

Capture One & Leica
Capture One 21 brings a new level of support for a growing list of Leica cameras, and for the first time brings tethering capabilities to those models.

This support includes the development of unique camera-specific profiles that take into account the colour, sharpness, and noise characteristics of the camera model.

Capture One 21 Price and Availability

Capture One current offers raw support raw file support for over 500 cameras and lenses to enable corrections of aspects such as vignetting and chromatic aberration. More camera bodies and lenses are added as they are introduced.

Capture One 21 is available as an outright purchase or on a subscription model. Photographers who buy the software have to pay to upgrade when a new version comes along but subscribers receive the updates automatically.

As well as the full version of Capture One Pro21, there are versions to suit Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm cameras.

The prices are:

  • 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

Visit Capture One to purchase or sign-up for a subscription.

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