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Phase One Capture One 20 Launches


Phase One has announced a new version of its image editing and raw file conversion software, Capture One. According to Phase One, the company has drawn on customer feedback to make Capture One 20 easier to use.

New features and tools in Capture One 20

There’s a host of new features and improvements introduced by Capture One 20, but here are the highlights:

Noise Reduction  

The Noise Reduction Tool has been reworked, tackling luminance noise and colour/chroma noise separately. It now has improved pattern and edge recognition plus greater impact from the Amount slider and stronger noise reduction for high-ISO images.

The aim is to give better noise reduction and detail retention, long with greater colour accuracy.

Capture One 20’s Noise Reduction tool is intelligent so the default setting’s impact changes depending upon the ISO setting.

Basic Color Editor  

Phase One has redesigned the Basic tab of the Color Editor to give it more options yet make it more compact and easier to use. 

You can click anywhere in an image and drag to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of the colour. Alternatively, the colour can be adjusted with sliding controls.

The latest version of the software splits colours into 8 ranges rather than 6 and the Basic Color Editor now works on Layers.

The Advanced Color Editor and Skin Tone tools are provided for greater control.  

High Dynamic Range tool  

The new High Dynamic Range tool gives more control to recover highlights, boost shadows, darken the blacks or boost the brightest areas of an image.

Capture One 20’s High Dynamic Range tool has an expanded feature-set with new White point and Black point sliders. Also, the zero point of all the sliders is now in the centre and the control is moved left or right to recover detail from the shadows or highlights.

Crop tool  

The new Crop tool has visible edges and new handles to make cropping easier.

In addition, pressing the ALT key allows you to crop from the centre while pressing SHIFT locks the current aspect ratio.

Also, moving the cursor outside the cropping corner or pressing CMD/CTRL activates the freehand rotation.

Meanwhile tapping return/enter while using the Crop Tool now switches to the Pan Cursor Tool and shows the image in its cropped state.

Image culling

Enabling ‘switch to next’ automatically moves the selection to the next image when you rate or tag a shot – reducing the number of keystrokes you need to make. This also works with sets so you can review multiple images at the same time. 

Scrolling tools  

You can scroll through tools and pin your favourites to the top for fast access.  

Copy Layers and Masks 

Copy selected layers between images without replacing the existing layers on the destination photo.  

Support for DNG files  

Edit DNG files from a range of cameras, drones and smartphones.


Phase One has added text to the icons to make it easier to find tools and made the Masking tools easier. You can also now get higher resolution thumbnails and adjust the viewer background colour with one click. 

Keyboard shortcuts   

New default shortcuts for zoom, full screen, Focus Mask and others makes editing faster. In addition, you can customise the shortcuts to suit the way you work.

Capture One – Store

New camera and lens support

Capture One offers raw file support for all the major camera brands and provides profiling and image correction support for lenses. The following new cameras are now supported:

• Olympus E-M5 III
• Canon EOS M6 II
• Canon EOS 90D
• Leica V-LUX 5
• Pentax K-1 II
• Ricoh GR III
• Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
• Nikon Z 50
• Generic GoPro RAW support

New lens support:
• Rodenstock 23mm iXU

Capture One – Download

Pricing and Availability

Capture One is available in several versions. Capture One Pro 20 supports cameras from all major camera brands, while Capture One Pro 20 (for Sony) and Capture One Pro Fujifilm 20 support cameras from those brands, respectively.

Capture One Pro 20 is available for purchase, or via subscription. The perpetual license for Capture One Pro 20 is available for $299, with upgrade pricing from previous versions starting at $159.

Capture One Pro (for Sony) and Capture One Pro Fujifilm are available for $129.

For those that prefer subscription models, Capture One Pro 20 is available from $15 per month, and Capture One Pro (for Sony) and Capture One Pro Fujifilm subscription plans start at $8 a month.

Follow the link to see a complete list of all products and licensing options

Follow this link to try Capture One 20 for free for 30 days

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