Capture One 22 is releasing this December. To prepare new users for Capture One 22, Capture One has announced that for a limited time, photographers can purchase Capture One 21 now and get Capture One 22 for free in December.

From today through October 4 at 6:00 PM ET, if you buy Capture One 21, you'll get the next major release, Capture One 22, for free, rather than paying an upgrade fee. This deal is aimed at users who prefer to purchase lifetime user licenses rather than subscribe to Capture One. After all, subscribers receive all Capture One updates as soon as they're available at no additional cost.

While the full details of Capture One 22 haven't yet been revealed, we do know a couple of the major features coming in the next version: HDR merging and panorama stitching. The new software will also include many other improvements and optimizations, some of which we're likely to hear about before December's release.

For subscribers and users who take advantage of Capture One's new promotion, you will be able to freely download Capture One 22 as soon as it's released. For license users, you will simply use the same license key for both Capture One 21 and Capture One 22. When you upgrade, your Styles and preferences will carry over to the new version, although Capture One recommends backing up your software, just to be safe.

If you are interested in Capture One 22 but don't yet have Capture One 21, now is as good a time as any to give the popular photo editing application a shot. You can download a fully functioning free trial of Capture One 21 before taking advantage of the deal to see if Capture One is the right fit for your personal workflow.

Capture One 21 is available as a standard version for all camera brands for $299 for a lifetime license. For $199, users can purchase lifetime licenses for Capture One 21 for Fujifilm, Sony or Nikon. These brand-specific versions allow you to work exclusively with RAW files from a single brand. To view upgrade pricing, you must visit this page and sign in.