Phase One update makes it easier for Lightroom users to defect to Capture One software
posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM EST
Denmark-based Phase One A/S has just announced a new release of its flagship Capture One raw processor and image editor, adding new features and camera / lens support, as well as fixing some bugs. Key among the changes is extended support for importing catalogs from arch-rival Adobe's competing Photoshop Lightroom product, a feature that's bound to help spur some healthy competition.
Phase One Capture One 7.1.4 is available immediately in three versions -- Pro, Express, and DB. (The DB product is offered free of charge to owners of various camera backs.) Pricing starts at around US$100 for Capture One Express 7, and US$300 for Capture One Pro 7.
In all, five cameras are newly-supported for raw file conversion, including the Fujifilm X-M1, Olympus PEN E-P5, Ricoh GR, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R, and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II. The update also expands support for the Nikon D5200 and Nikon D7100 to include tethered shooting.
The Lightroom catalog import functionality is new on the Windows platform, and like that introduced in Capture One 7.1.3 for Mac users, it's currently in beta. It's accompanied by the option to disable Phase One's default lens corrections, should you want to leave an image uncorrected. Capture One Express users will also be happy to see a return of the Spot tool.
Bug fixes in the new release include improved stability overall, and especially when shooting with a tethered camera, as well as fixes for various issues when using Lens Cast Calibration on images packed into an Enhanced Image Package. Sorting has also been improved, and a "large number" of other minor issues have been corrected.
More details and the update itself can be found on the Phase One website.