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Phase One reduces prices and extends trials of Capture One software

By dpreview staff on Mar 19, 2012 at 20:17 GMT

Phase One has knocked around 25% off the price of its Capture One 6 Raw processing software. It has also increased, to 60 days, the free trial period for both Capture One Express and the more fully-featured Capture One Pro. The company's updated website shows Capture One Pro costing $299/€229 and Capture One Express reduced to $99/€69.

Press Release

Phase One Makes Superior Image Quality More Accessible

Phase One's updated website, from which you can now download 60-day trials of its Capture One software

Company Launches New Web Site; Lowers Price of Capture One and Increases Its Trial Period to 60 days

COPENHAGEN, March 17, 2012 — Phase One, the world’s leading pro photography equipment provider, today launched a new web site dedicated to the user experience of its customers and new visitors. The site’s greatly improved usability offers easier access to information and tools to help professionals and other discerning photographers achieve the highest image quality results.

As part of this new user-experience focus, Phase One has extended the trial period for its Capture One 6 raw converter and photo editing software from 30 to 60 days and reduced its price. This gives more people the opportunity to experience the distinctive image quality available only with Capture One -- including its renowned raw rendering engine that produces photographs with the feel of film, superior control, true skin tones and robust support for very large files.

Capture One comes in three versions. Capture One Pro supports virtually every professional DSLR and most popular camera models and includes powerful tools to enhance the capture and editing processes. Capture One Express features the same high quality processing engine as Capture One Pro, but is without some of the more advanced tools. Capture One DB ships with all Phase One medium format camera systems, including the powerful IQ180 systems.

Capture One Pro supports the Capture Pilot iPad app that allows an iOS device to remotely view, zoom, rate, tag, and pan high resolution images during a shoot. An available 'Camera Control' in-app purchase adds a virtual camera display to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to remotely fire your camera and control the most important capture settings.

Availability and pricing

Capture One Pro is available for USD299 and EUR229; Capture One Express is now priced at USD99 and EUR69. The software is available for purchase at: The software is available for download at: More information is available at:


Total comments: 34
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Mar 22, 2012)

Not a good time to be PhaseOne.

The traditional medium format market has been shrinking for years, and that's before 645D took one bite out of it, and D800 just opened wide to take another.

And now Adobe comes along and sets new, lower price points for the entire raw converter / workflow manager industry.

By nicolaiecostel (Mar 22, 2012)

Exactly, if they don't come with a back with more than 80 megs and cheapen the 180, additionaly proving what MF can do for you (and not with rubbish featured photogs or idioticly processed files as i have been receving in my mail inbox), they're sacked. And that will make me very sad indeed.

By DougPeterson (Sep 18, 2012)

I really don't understand where people get this impression.

2011 was Phase One's best year ever and 2012 (9 months in) is looking just as good.

The IQ series has been shipping for 18 months and is still way ahead of the competition. It's the best user interface and LCD on the market for any pro camera.

Capture One 6 has the best color, image quality and by far better tools for tethered capture. The only IQ area LR can edge it out in is in very high ISO work, and there it's pretty close.

By nicolaiecostel (Mar 22, 2012)

For most of my tasks, LR3 is very acceptable as far as quality is concerned, and has a great workflow. But for excelent color rendition and image quality, Capture One is only beaten by Nikon NX2.

I love what i get from Capture One 5&6 but there are some things wrong with it:

- price. Yes, price. Lightroom 4 is now 150 euros.. Thank god for the 60 day trial period on capture one, I am actually goint to reinstall CO6 now.

- the crop/rotate workflow. What is that about ? I hate it when i have to apply a rotate as a different action. This is what drew me away from Capture one at times. At least if they would have used a Shift/Alt/Ctrl press to make the crop into a rotate.

- the clumsiness and clunkiness of the program, you really need a fast computer.

- the fact that it creates a special folder of presets and adjustments that take A LOT of space on your hard drive, and if you delete it you loose the adjustments you did to raw files (to m knwledge). Why not th XMP files principle ?

By nicolaiecostel (Mar 22, 2012)

The tabs are all-wright, you get used to searching different tools in them as you need them, and you can also bundle all of them tools in a single tab, while minimised, but all of that gathered together, I cannot see how CO could replace LR in my wedding raw-conversion workflow.

Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Mar 22, 2012)

A terrible deal at 399 at the time, still no good at 299.

Rod Harris
By Rod Harris (Mar 22, 2012)

Lightroom 4 is the best....................

By DoverOs (Mar 21, 2012)

This is a joke, Adobe Photoshop is still the professional standard for photographs and nothing has come close to it's reliability. If I had a 80mp back that made 300mb 16bit tiffs and had an actually use for those kind of photos, then sure I would get this program, but until that day Photoshop works flawlessly.

By nicolaiecostel (Mar 22, 2012)

Capture One is a specialised RAW converter, not an image editor like Adobe Photoshop. It is the equivalent of the Lightroom 4.

By tar4heel2 (Mar 20, 2012)

Great news, but I'm waiting for them to do something about the performance of C1 on a Mac. Mine runs horribly on a MacBook Pro (v8,2) Chokes, stalls, takes for-EVER to load... I also agree with the post about the horrible noise reduction; it's the WORST! HOWEVER; the color quality of the conversions and the file management capability is the best, which is why I put up with the shortcomings.

By dbateman (Mar 20, 2012)

Lightroom might be cheaper at $150, but it now limits Windows 7 systems. Since I am running Win XP, the $300 Capture one price tag is cheaper than buying a new computer. C1 still works fine on WinXP computers.

By NikmanSergey (Mar 20, 2012)

C1 is great RAW developing tool. But it's missing good Color Noise Reduction for a long long time, as compared to all existing RAW software (even free)...
Phase One promises image quality, but it's Color NR distruct it very much starting at iso800.
So, changing web-site and lowering price is not what makes me happy :((
Please, work of IQ and Capture One will be the choise.

By MPA1 (Mar 20, 2012)

Tried it and it did not seem much better than Aperture yet is a lot more expensive!

Not sure why so many people are obsessed with LR either. I still think Aperture is better than that too.

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By skyfotos (Mar 20, 2012)

will it process x10 12Mp RAF files?

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Timur Born
By Timur Born (Mar 20, 2012)

Nope (at least not when I tried last time). But it offers the best EXR DR 200/400 support that really allows you to pull something out of the differently exposed sensor halves.

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By Tapani (Mar 20, 2012)

I'll have to try it. At least the international pricing is more fair to us Europeans, compared to Adobes pricing...

By jmmgarza (Mar 20, 2012)

Lightroom is half the price and excellent, why would I want to buy this stuff?

By jmmgarza (Mar 20, 2012)

Too bad folks are placing ads (SPAM) in the comments section. There is a word for these people...

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By Azfar (Mar 20, 2012)

C1 Express or Adobe PS Elements ?

By Then4 (Mar 20, 2012)

Adobe produkts i overrated that discovered when i started to use C1 instead.

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By ChrisEnnis (Mar 19, 2012)

I use C1 v6 and v3 for 5DII and 5DI files and love both. That v6 keeps all the meta files with images is much better than v3 and Lightroom IMHO. The output files are just great, and it's easy to use. I put 100 k images pa through them so it has to be fast.

The price is still poor, now that Lightroom is so competitive.



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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 19, 2012)

LR stores metadata with images too if you want that.... so what are you talking about?
but as bonus you have the database in LR too.

By sugardaddy (Mar 19, 2012)

Phase One dropped the ball when they made v4, v5, and v6. The interface is poor on my Mac Pro and PC. It produces great files but it was a pain to use when I have tens of thousands of images. Phase One tried to remedy the situation by purchasing Media Pro, but that was simply a band-aid to the problem. Media Pro was even more buggy than Capture One. Noise reduction has always been poor on Capture One.

C1 does have a few strengths though: keystone correction, tethering, intact skintones even if saturation was pushed, etc. But it was an annoying program to use. LR was a breath of fresh air even though I purchased almost every major version of C1.

By mskuma (Mar 20, 2012)

I agree - the interface change was the primary reason I moved away from C1, even though otherwise it was a good program.

By Mescalamba (Mar 19, 2012)

Good way Phase One. :)

Its superior to Adobe creations in every way (ofc, except not being PhotoShop, but you got point). Tho if you are really sucker for colors, SilkyPix sometimes can do wonders..

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 19, 2012)

superior.. that´s why so many professionels... including some i only know from the web but making 6 figures a year.. using LR?

if it would be superior..... these people would not use another solution.

it has it´s strength and weaknesses....

ps: on thing that is very annoying is that C1 puts files in any folder your work in.

silkypix.... if you have a camera that is supported.
but even then....

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By hqphoto (Mar 19, 2012)

I agree with Mescalamba about it being superior to ACR. Where it falls short is that it is not a complete package. It is a RAW converter and one of, if not the best at that, but for editing and printing and a complete workflow....? Well thats why people choose Lightroom. It does everything. Jack of all trades.......

Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Mar 19, 2012)

...and master of none.

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 19, 2012)

well i don´t see where C1 would be much better then LR4.


well that depends.
im using x-rite colorchecker for critical work and the results are perfect (or as good as it gets).

i was never able to get better results with C1.

the workflow of C1 with all the different tabs for editing suck.
but that´s a personal taste.

the creating of hidden files and directorys are annoying.

i would think about using C1 again when i see the image quality gain that so many C1 fans speak of. but then i have tested both (in fact i came from C1) and i did not see it.

imho the better IQ some claim... is simply a result of more EXPERIENCE with one program.

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By Gothmoth (Mar 19, 2012)

i have yet so see that Capture One is better then LR.

words are cheap.

but when asked on forums nobody could show proof for bold words.
images developed by people who know what they are doing with either program look near identical.

i call the "superior" talk BS :)

Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Mar 20, 2012)

You obviously haven't been around here very long. There were many threads showing comparisons, including some by professional photographers. It took Adobe four years before PS could correctly render the color red as red, and not orange. C1 has been getting the colors right all along, even with the original v3 series.

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By DStudio (Mar 19, 2012)

Phase One has had quality camera profiles for a long time, unlike Adobe, which is just starting to get the idea.

Thus the color management from RAW file to print works quite well, without having to jump through any hoops. This is one of the key reasons I selected Capture One, after having evaluated the competition (Adobe, DxO, Bibble).

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Luis Aragon
By Luis Aragon (Mar 19, 2012)

Too bad Lightroom's tethering option is terrible...

By Mssimo (Mar 19, 2012)

Good luck with lightroom now costing US$150.

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