Features and Performance
Capture One 5 comes in three versions, Standard, Pro and a Digital Back edition, but regardless of which version you are interested in, you cannot fail to appreciate the depth of features that this software offers. All the main adjustment tools are included on the quick panel - histogram, exposure, white balance, and the shadows and highlights tool. Also included here are some preset profiles for black and white or color effects. Other panels give you access to color editors, curves and levels, sharpening, cropping, noise reduction, and just about everything else you could want from a RAW converter. The Pro version also includes extras such as an auto lens correction facility, RGB curves and RGB levels, and a more advanced color editor. So, there are many ways that you can adjust your photos with Capture One 5.
Capture One lets you copy the image adjustments from one photo, and apply it to others. So, if you took a number of shots of the same scene, under similar lighting conditions, you can quickly and easily apply the same adjustments to all photos. It also performs all editing in a non-destructive way. When you process the adjustments to your photos, they automatically save as a copy of the original file. So, if you wanted a black and white version of a RAW photo, you can process it that way, safe in the knowledge that your original color file remains untouched and completely as it was. You can even access and edit the metadata of your photos. Files can be processed as a TIFF, JPEG, or Adobe's DNG.
The Pro version allows you shoot while connected to a laptop or computer. This allows you to see the image you just shot in Capture One, and check exposure or other settings. Similarly, you can shoot using Capture One software as a live preview of what your camera is seeing. This way, multiple people can easily see what the camera, and photographer, is seeing. There is a new Focus Mask that tells you what parts of your image are most in focus, a skin tone enhancer, and the ability to watermark your images. Check out all the extra features the Pro version has with the Phase One comparison chart.