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Phase One releases Capture One Express 7

By dpreview staff on Feb 25, 2013 at 17:27 GMT

Phase One has announced Capture One Express 7, the latest version of its enthusiast Raw image processing tool. A stripped-down version of Capture One Pro, Capture One Express 7 gains features including HDR processing, lens correction and digital asset management tools. Express doesn't support tethered shooting, but images can be viewed remotely and wirelessly using either the Capture Pilot iOS app or a web browser on other devices. Capture One Express 7 will cost $99/€69 with discounted upgrades.

Press Release:

Phase One Releases Capture One Express 7 -- the Raw Advantage for Dedicated Photographers

COPENHAGEN, February, 25 2013 — Phase One, the world's leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today released Capture One Express, the raw processing and image-editing software that gives photographers a head start to ultimate image quality. Built on the world’s most advanced image processing engine, Capture One Express 7 delivers stunning out-of-the-box image quality with excellent color and fine detail from a camera's raw files.

Designed especially for dedicated photographers who appreciate the increased image quality and flexibility of shooting raw, Capture One Express 7 offers the essential tools to import, convert, organize, adjust, share and print superior-quality photographs in a fast, intuitive workflow. It includes many of the advanced features found in Capture One Pro 7, like noise reduction when shooting in low light, the ability to recover details in shadows and highlights, plus fast and flawless black and white conversions.  For a feature-by-feature comparison between Capture One Express and Capture One Pro, please see:

"Whether professional or enthusiast, we believe that dedicated photographers shooting raw will immediately see the Capture One Express 7 processing advantage," said Linda K. Poulsen, Software Marketing Director, Phase One.

 "While we’ve introduced a simplified interface with this release, we’ve included many advanced features," said Jacob Frost, Teamleader R&D, Phase One. "As always, we’re driven by our passion for helping our customers achieve the best image quality results."

Capture One Express 7 provides tailor-made camera profiles that bring out the best in each supported camera, including Canon, Nikon, Leica, Sony, Olympus, Samsung, Fujifilm, Phase One, Mamiya-Leaf, as well as the new Fujifilm X-Trans models to name a few. For a complete list of cameras supported please see:

What’s New in Capture One Express 7?

Advanced Image Quality Tools

Taking advantage of the renowned Capture One 7 raw processing engine, image quality is excellent at default settings. Improved OpenCL support means faster image processing. New and improved adjustment tools offer greater control for more creative possibilities:

  • Get more detail out of shadows and highlights with the new HDR tool;
  • Punch up the color and reduce haze with the new Clarity tool;
  • Automatic lens correction for selected lenses ensures image accuracy;
  • Convert color to black and white instantly; no need for extra steps or plug-ins.

Catalog Organization

Capture One Express 7 introduces a catalog structure that helps to organize, find, compare and select your images. A catalog contains all the necessary information to find and display any image added to it, including how the images are organized in the catalog and what visual adjustments have been made to them.

  • An importer tool simplifies file import from libraries saved in earlier versions of Capture One Express; 
  • Advanced file naming ensures consistent organization; search and filtering options ensure that you can always find your images quickly and easily with specific criteria;
  • Use color labels to rate your best shots;
  • Browse, view and adjust images even when the original files are offline.

Wireless Photo Viewing

While Capture One does not support tethered shooting, images can be viewed remotely and wirelessly using either the Capture Pilot app for iOS or using a web browser on computers, Android devices and Windows phones.

  • Share your work during a shoot with friends or colleagues (allowing them to browse and rate images) over the same wireless network.

Pricing and Availability

Phase One Capture One Express 7 for Windows and Mac is available now for 99USD or 69EUR at and from Phase One partners:  Owners of earlier versions of Capture One Express 3/4/5/6 may upgrade for 69USD or 49EUR. If earlier version has been purchased within 30 days prior to this announcement, Phase One will exempt the upgrade fee; simply contact All Capture One software is available for a free 60-day evaluation.

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Total comments: 12
By FrankParis (Feb 28, 2013)

In my Nikon DSLR days (2004 - 2008) I used Capture One LT 4 for all my raw processing. It had the ability to export your results in a number of formats, including TIFF and JPG. I don't know when they dropped it, but for Express 7 this capability isn't there! You can only save in the format of the original. It's absurd that you have to spring for the Pro version to be able to export into a different format from the original. Capture One Express 7 seems to be extremely weak on features compared to Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 anyhow. Not worth the $69 for the upgrade. Unfortunately, I had too much faith in progress and paid my $69 without even trying Express 7. Yes, I was plain stupid.

Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

Have you stopped using it altogether, and if not, how are you getting on with it?

I have v.6 and am debating whether to get 7. TIA.

By Scorpius1 (Feb 26, 2013)

C1 gives great I.Q but the lens correction support is poor compared to LR4's extensive support...

By designdef (Feb 26, 2013)

Capture One is my preferred converter and this upgrade is to my mind worth the money. I think the only downside, and this could apply to other converters also, is when they state a camera is supported they really mean that the converter will open the raw file, but, and it's a big but, are the lens profiles in there for your particular lens? I just looked at Nikon, only 20 lenses supported and Sony only 2! (one of them being a Sigma lens!) I cannot see the point of trying to convert an image which has not / cannot be corrected for distortion, especially in terms of chromatic abberation (CO does a great job generally with this). I have a Sony RX100, it says the camera is supported but the raw images appear distorted and cannot be corrected so to my mind, the camerea is not supported. Any more thoughts on this?

BTW: There are now minus values on the Clarity and Structure sliders for softer images and you can export to JPEG, TIFF, DNG, PNG and wait for it... PSD!

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Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

Interesting you saying, "you can export to JPEG, TIFF, DNG, PNG and wait for it... PSD!", whereas poster FrankParis says, "You can only save in the format of the original."

Are you correct, or is he? TIA.

By Nikonworks (Feb 26, 2013)

Thanks for this article.

I always stayed away from Phase One and in my mind that spells 'alot of money', cameras, etc.

but I clicked the link and downloaded the 254MB file.

Ran Express and can clearly see the detail in my D5100 RAW files that I have been missing using other converters.
I compared several. I did not compare DXO yet.
The Express white balance tool is also remarkable.

When I get my D7100 I will likely buy the full program.

I just completed two shoots today and after my testing of express I reworked both of them to much better final images than I obtained with my current workflow.

By OldZorki (Feb 26, 2013)

Despite horrendous interface and strange workflow DXO was always my preferred tool due to ability to squeeze the last drop of original images and great lens correction. I would kill for DXO supporting X-trans, but I doubt it will ever happen. Wonder how it compares to new C1 for Nikon RAW.

By tar4heel2 (Feb 27, 2013)


By borno (Feb 26, 2013)

happy day! I've been waiting for this one for a v6 upgrade. I really liked the pro7, but don't need the tethering and what-not.

Pdf Ninja
By Pdf Ninja (Feb 26, 2013)

Apparently the Express version doesn't have local adjustments and dust removal features.

By Tan68 (Feb 27, 2013)

I think there are some differences in the color tools for Pro v. Express. Not sure.. check if you are interested in the software.

By KevCol (Feb 26, 2013)

Still no camera support for Pentax K30 even though it has frequently been requested.
How hard would it be to make a color profile for this camera?
Support for Fuji x trans is appreciated though, where others are finding that a task and a half.

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