About Capture One

Capture One overview, Capture One versions and credits and legal information.

Capture One overview

Built on the world's best raw processing engine, Capture One Pro is the professional choice in imaging software. It enables photographers to reduce the time and effort required to create stunning, out of the box, images from leading high-end cameras. With a fast and intuitive workflow, it can be customized to fit your unique needs.

It is the world’s best raw converter, rendering precise colors and incredible detail, with support for leading high-end cameras. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and professional performance in one integrated solution.

Capture One versions

In total there are eight different Capture One product variants. They are roughly divided into three types:

  • Pro: A version for all 500+ supported cameras or versions for just Fujifilm, Sony, or Phase One backs.
  • Express: Free versions for either Fujifilm or Sony
  • Specialized versions: Enterprise and Cultural Heritage

When you launch Capture One 12, you can choose between 3 Pro versions from the Welcome screen (or click More options to select the other product variants):

  • Pro - Delivers a set of highly advanced image editing tools and includes support for a wide range of RAW files from various makes as well as previously processed JPEGs and TIFFs. It also includes tethered support for numerous Canon, Nikon, and Sony models. This ensures that photographers have the ability to attain the highest level of quality from their files. (See release notes for supported file types).
  • Pro Fujifilm - Delivers the same functionality as Capture One Pro for Fujifilm cameras only.
  • Pro (for Sony) - Delivers the same functionality as Capture One Pro for Sony cameras only.

Additional versions

If you did click More options on the prior Welcome screen, you can select one of the additional versions:

  • Express Fujifilm - A simplified variant of Capture One Pro Fujifilm that omits some features such as tethered shooting, but is free to use.
  • Express Sony - A simplified variant of Capture One Pro Sony that omits some features such as tethered shooting, but is free to use.
  • Enterprise Studio is the Enterprise version of Capture One and offers the same feature-set found in Capture One Pro and adds exclusive tools and features designed for photographers that shoot volume, professional multi-user studios and brands with in-house photographic production. Read about the Studio features here.
  • Cultural Heritage - Offers the same feature-set found in Capture One Pro and adds exclusive tools and features designed to aid museums, libraries, archives and other institutions when digitizing a wide range of materials. For Phase One and Mamiya Leaf users. Read about the CH features here.
  • Pro DB (Digital Back) - Offers the same feature-set found in Capture One Pro with support only for Phase One, Leaf and Mamiya digital backs to help streamline and make any photographer’s daily workflow more efficient, whether shooting tethered or not.

Try, buy or activate

Once you have selected your desired version, you get the option to either use that as a trial for 30 days, buy a license from the Capture One online store, or activate it with a license key that you have bought already.

Capture One typically requires internet connection for activation, however it can be activated when offline if necessary. An internet enabled device such as a smartphone is still required to generate an activation key. Fore more information, see the section on Offline activation. Capture One Pro DB does not need an internet connection for activation.

This guide describes Capture One for Apple® Macintosh® and it is also applicable to Capture One for Microsoft® Windows®, though some specifics are not listed.

All features tagged with "Pro" in this guide are only accessible in Capture One Pro versions.

Credits and legal information

On Rights
©2019 Phase One A/S. All rights reserved. Made in Denmark.
Ver. 12.1. Last edit, June 2019.
Colorspace images created in CROMiX ColorThink.

Photos by:
Phase One, Alexander Flemming, Niels V. Knudsen
Michael Roscoe, www.roscoephotography.com
Peter Eastway, www.petereastway.com
Paul Fawley, www.paulfawley.com
Francis Hills, www.francishills.com

On Liability:
The information in this user guide is provided “as is”. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall Phase One be liable for any incidental, special, direct, indirect or consequential damages arising out of or relating to use of the information provided in this guide with or without the software described in the guide.

Trademarks and Acknowledgements
Capture One and Phase One are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Phase One A/S in the European Union and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This product includes DNG technology under license by Adobe Systems Incorporated.