Phase One, the Danish medium format digital back manufacturer, today announced the new version of its pro photography workflow : Capture One Pro 7. Finally, Phase One did embed Media Pro metadata editing and photo management software to its photo editing solution. They had bought Expression Media to Microsoft two years ago and released an untouched version last year called Media Pro. This time, they added a few functions to the photo management side of Capture One Pro 7 like the ability to use different catalogs at the same time or to switch from one to another without having to restart the software, like we can do with Aperture since version 3. Phase One added liveview support to its tethered shooting mode, undoubtedly the best one on the market.
But that is not it ! Capture One Pro 7 also comes with a brand new image processing engine that offers, Phase One says, better detail restitution and more subtle colors. This new photo processing engine receives new noise reduction algorithms designed for sky high ISO images. It should also recover more details from shadows and highlights than before and it gets new cursors that will allow photograhers to tune the image tones in a more precise way in order to get the most out of the newest sensors huge dynamic range.
Phase One unveiles its new software right the day after DxO announced DxO Optics pro 8.
Capture One Pro 7 – Prices and availability
Capture One Pro 7 is already available for download. It is priced $299 / €229 in full version and €69 / $99 for an upgrade from a previous versino (since version 3 and newer). If you had the funny idea to purchase Capture One Pro 6 after Sept. 16th, you can apply for a free upgrade to version 7.
Capture One Pro 7 – PHase One official press release
COPENHAGEN, October 25, 2012 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today released Capture One Pro 7. Capture One Pro is the advanced digital imaging software for professional photographers who require superior image quality, maximum workflow efficiency and the flexibility to work the way they want to work.
Capture One Pro 7 is a major release built on a new processing engine with new and advanced professional tools that dramatically boost out-of-the-box image quality, offering exquisite detail and color rendition. Powerful digital asset management functionality, derived from years of technical expertise built into the Media Pro catalog system, has been added to offer more options to select, search and organize image files. And the world’s most advanced tethering shooting solution now includes Live View support for selected DSLRs.
“Phase One engineers have unique advantages in developing image processing software: their high-end digital hardware expertise, their enduring passion for perfection and their collaboration with some of the world’s best photographers,” said Linda K. Poulsen, Software Marketing Director, Phase One.
“Image quality is always our prime directive,” said Niels V. Knudsen, Vice President of Innovation and Application Development, Phase One’s popular ‘Image Quality Professor.’ “We are proud to introduce what we believe is the world’s best professional imaging software, and we wish to thank photographers around the globe for inspiring us to meet their needs for high quality images with a natural look and feel.”
A Revolution in Image Quality
Advancements in the Capture One raw processing engine yield vastly more accurate rendition of details and colors. While medium format camera systems with Capture One Pro achieve the highest-level results, DSLR users will see stellar performance from their cameras too. A highly advanced noise reduction algorithm has been added that gives stunning performance at even high ISO levels. Precision adjustment tools offer greatly enhanced dynamic range for astonishing details in both shadows and highlights, reveal fine details and structure, reduce the effect of haze and give images a more three-dimensional look and add local contrast and saturation to images for extra punch. The new OpenCL implementation yields faster browsing and higher-speed image processing.
Powerful Digital Asset Management
Next to the familiar and proven sessions approach, Capture One Pro users can now organize their image files via comprehensive and flexible catalogs. Incorporating powerful digital asset management features found in Media Pro, they can work with multiple catalogs at the same time; share catalogs with other users; switch between different catalogs without relaunching; easily tag images for later search and retrieval; and browse and adjust images when the original images files are offline.
From capture to final output, Capture One Pro 7 has been optimized for efficiency. Capture One Pro’s support for instant tethered shooting is renowned for its ease (just plug in and shoot) with both medium format and high-end DSLR cameras. Now Live View is available for selected DSLRs aiding composition and critical focus.
Capture One Pro 7 has a selection of default lens profiles that can be chosen to automatically correct any unwanted optical issues. Capture One Pro 7 speeds delivery of final image files to clients and colleagues in whatever format, size, or resolution they need.
For a complete list of new and advanced features, please go to http://www.phaseone.com/en/Image-Software.aspx
Pricing and Availability
Phase One Capture One Pro 7 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows online at www.phaseone.com/store and from Phase One Partners. The price is 299 USD and 229 EUR. Owners of Capture One Pro 3/4/5/6 may upgrade for 99 USD and 69 EUR. Owners of Capture One Express may upgrade to Capture One Pro 7 for 249 USD and 199 EUR. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 6 since September 26, 2012, Phase One is offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee.