Phase One Capture One 7 Pro review by Gary Wolstenholme at EPZ: Phase One Capture One 7 Pro brings greater control, better noise reduction, and produces sharper details.

Phase One Capture One 7 Pro review by Gary Wolstenholme at EPZ: Phase One Capture One 7 Pro brings greater control, better noise reduction, and produces sharper details.

"Capture One Pro 7 is a big step forward in image quality over previous versions and those who are hanging onto Pro copies of older Phase One software will find the very reasonable upgrade price of around £60 a no-brainer. This new version brings greater control, better noise reduction, and produces sharper details.

 Those interested in an alternative to Adobe's popular Lightroom software, may balk at the price of the full, non-upgrade version of Capture One 7 Pro, being around twice as expensive. Before doing so, they may wish to have

a play with the software via the free 30 day trial Phase One offer before dismissing it. The two different software packages can produce very different looking results due to their image processing engines being independently developed. Some photographers may love the look they get from Lightroom, whereas others may prefer what they are able to get from capture One. Neither is 'better', but the difference may be enough to swing your decision one way, rather than the other.  

 Capture One 7 Pro Pros

Plenty of fine control over color, tone and brightness
Bespoke camera profiles
Improved noise reduction
Improved clarity
Excellent local adjustments tool
Workspace is easily customized
Deals with large batches of images quickly
Improved highlight and shadow recovery tools

 Capture One 7 Pro Cons
Open CL features can slow software down if not disabled on unsupported GPUs
Heavy handed application of clarity can result in halos and unnatural looking images
Costs twice as much as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4"

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