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Capture One Pro 7 Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on January 28, 2013

Keywords: capture, phase, software, postprocessing, capture_one, phase_one

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Crop pane


The crop pane enables you to crop outside the image — useful if your distortion controls or rotations have left you with bits of image on the edge which you still want for some reason. The keystone controls are notable, because they are extremely easy to use, requiring you to click in just four places. Because everything works non-destructively from Raw, and Capture One allows you to work on variations, you can play with this to your heart's content.

Something which you won't find in many other packages is the overlay function, which simply allows you to have an image — for example a page layout, or the specifications for an ID photo — appearing over your image. You can do this while capturing as well, making it easy to shoot exactly what the art director wanted.

Details Pane

The details pane includes controls for sharpening, noise reduction, moire and spot removal. The spot removal has always been good in Capture One because you can simply copy its settings to another image, useful for dealing with that bit of lens fluff or sensor dust that you didn't spot before you started shooting 300 images.

Noise Reduction in version 7 is much improved over version 6. You may want to try this for yourself, since how much and what kind of noise you get depends a lot on your camera. Shooting with a D3, the new version clears up the very few images I had that version 6 couldn't clear up. If you have something newer than the D3, it's quite possible you won't be troubled even to that extent. Older cameras, of course, need more cleaning up.

A nice feature of Capture One is the Focus preview, which enables you to see in detail and instantly the effect of your changes at 100% on a critical part of the image. I used this a lot when working with the older Mac where low memory and a shortage of available disk space sometimes reduced version 7 to a crawl.


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Martin Turner Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

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Damian Vines (damianvines) on June 28, 2013

Can anyone verify whether or not live view works with the Nikon D700 and Capture One Pro 7?

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on March 2, 2013

Expert professional PJ & PR photographer

That's surprising Ian. I use the Mac version of Capture One which supports Live View fine on the Nikon D3, though, oddly, you have to come out of Live View to actually make the capture, unless you have an iPhone or iPad also connected via WiFi in which case you can implement the capture while Live View is running. Capture One Pro 6 only supported Live View for Phase One, Leaf and Mamma on Mac, but Capture One Pro 7 definitely supports Live View. Worth checking that your machine is opening version 7 and not for some reason opening an older install of version 6. One thing I did discover though was that you have to have the latest firmware on the D3 for it to work reliably. This is what the Capture One website says: "Capture One Pro 7 now offers Live View for selected DSLRs. The Live View feature can help speed up image composition, lighting, and focusing adjustments. This function makes it possible to easily view an image on a computer screen in real-time. Previously this feature was available for MF cameras only, but now Live View is also available for supported 35mm DSLRs." In practice not all Nikon models are supported, and also note that you have to disable the Canon drivers to have Nikon support. The text you linked to seems to be a fossil from the Capture One Pro 6 specifications which hasn't been updated, even though it says Capture One Pro 7 at the top of the page.

Ian Thoms (tuss234) on February 28, 2013

Thanks for the review I enjoyed reading it. I have this software on my pc and their website states "Live View is only supported with Phase One, Leaf and Mamiya (M and DM)" http://www.phaseone.com/Search/Article.aspx?articleid=2067&languageid=1 . Live View function only reviews the shot on your pc after it's been taken not as in "Live View" on the rear screen on the camera, a bit frustrating if it's been bought for that purpose. Regards Ian

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on February 16, 2013

Expert professional PJ & PR photographer

Thanks for pointing this out, Peter. I've had another look at Capture Pilot and what it actually does. I agree that you can now use a web browser to view and rate captured images. What you can't do is actually control the camera settings and trigger the shot. This only works in the the iPad and iPhone versions of Capture Pilot. This is quite important because, for some reason, you can't actually fire the camera while in Live View mode from Capture One itself — but you can fire it from iPad or iPhone Capture Pilot while Live View is running on Capture One. So, while some of the functionality is available for non-iOS devices, there is still quite a step change between what you can do on the web-browser and on the dedicated apps. Perhaps Phase One will release an Android version at some point.

Peter Harris (pshnikchch) on January 30, 2013

Thanks for the review. It is a very good introduction. Regarding your references to using Capture Pilot on iPads and iPhones: Actually in Capture One 7 you can now instantly view and rate captured images on any device connected to the network that runs a web browser. Therefore to Phase One's credit they have become less Apple centric. I have used that function on Android based devices (smartphone and tablets) and PCs running Windows. Maybe you would consider revising the related text. Regards Peter

Colin Green (Seajay) on January 30, 2013

Very nice review, Martin. Capture One Pro 7 is nothing less than awesome imo.

Richard Luse (DaddySS) on January 29, 2013

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Excellent review, thanks for taking the time to present this.

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 29, 2013

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Remarkable product and excellent review. Thank you.