Significant upgrade extends lead, but older machines will struggle
Capture One Pro version 7 is a significant advance on version 6, especially for Nikon users who now have access to Live View while tethering. Under the hood is an improved rendering engine which offers improved noise reduction and better colour rendering, especially in difficult images. Gradient masks are now supported in layers, and there are now profiles for popular pro Nikon camera/lens combinations. Capture One takes a leaf from Media Pro from the same stable, and now offers substantially enhanced cataloguing features. However, all this comes at an expense in disk, memory and processor requirements, and an up to date computer will be required to make the most of the new release.
Capture One is carefully structured to allow you to configure it for your own preferred workflow. Fundamentally, though, it's organised into a set of panes, each one pre-configured. You can change the content of the panes to suit your own way of working.
|In the order they appear, they are catalogue, capture, colour balance, exposure, lens, cropping, details, layers, adjustments clipboard, metadata, and output.|
|Catalogue Pane - Screenshot|
A couple of years ago Phase One bought Digital Assets Management system Media Pro. There was some decent integration between it and Capture One, but version seven goes a stage further and brings the catalogue features of Media Pro inside the Capture software. If you are used to Media Pro, then the Capture One implementation of it will be very intuitive.