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Capture One (Mac)

Updated on: 03 August, 2021
Capture One (Mac)
Capture One (Mac) (Source: Capture One)

I use Capture One for its fantastic Fujifilm X-Trans RAW file support. Capture One is slowly gaining in popularity and there seems to be a gradual migration from Adobe Lightroom from professional photographers. The feature set is comparable to Adobe Lightroom and the 2 can be considered close competitors. Unlike Adobe Lightroom, you can choose either a one-off perpetual licence or a recurring monthly subscription. However, with annual updates from Capture One, I am not sure if the subscription works out cheaper in the long run if you want to ensure you have the latest features. If you own a Sony or Fujifilm camera, I recommend trying the free Capture One Express first as it supports about 70% of the features of the full version. I used the Express version for over 12 months before deciding to subscribe.


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Summary

Capture One (Mac)

Capture One is aimed more at professional photographers or keen hobbyists. It offers more photo editing features than most users would ever need. There is comprehensive layer support and an integrated photo library. However, all these great features come at a cost. The high monthly subscription can be a hurdle and is even more expensive than Adobe Lightroom. If you shoot with a Sony or Fujifilm camera I recommend trying the free Capture One Express first as it supports about 70% of the features of the full version.

75.6%

Criteria

Editing Tools
88.0%
RAW Editing
94.0%
Asset Management
72.0%
Speed & Performance
82.0%
Cost
42.0%

  • Comprehensive photo editing tools.
  • The free Capture One Express gives you a taster of the full version if you shoot with a Sony or Fujifilm camera.
  • Intuitive and highly customisable user interface.
  • Integrated photo library features comparable to Adobe Lightroom.
  • Camera specific versions (for Nikon, Sony or Fujifilm) can lower the licence cost ... slightly.
  • Superior support for Fujifilm X-Trans RAW files.
  • High monthly subscription cost of USD $29 or $22 for a camera specific version. Look out for deals though, they sometimes offer 50% off.
  • Whilst a perpetual licence can be bought, regular updates may mean you are left with an outdated version pretty quickly.
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