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A pro-level alternative to Adobe's Lightroom,
This review is from: Capture One Pro 6 (PC/Mac) (DVD-ROM)
There are far fewer programs designed to perform digital darkroom and workflow than there once were and many have been lost or sold to other software houses and either renamed or absorbed into other products. For the PC user, CaptureOne and Lightroom are two of the three major remaining contenders. Of those two, it is CaptureOne which is claimed can sometimes out-perform Lightroom with a slightly better handling of fine detail, colour and dynamic range. The differences would be subtle rather than substantive, but if you need that little bit extra, then CaptureOne may be the solution. It is normally somewhat more expensive than Lightroom (although on special offer of 50% discount at 09-2012, which may make it a bargain to buy) but it is oriented towards the professional user in that its support for certain models and brands is either weak or non-existent. It is unlikely that its level of model support will be changed to be more embracing. Where it does excel is in its support for full-frame and medium format cameras, and especially for those that use digital backs, which lesser products including Lightroom may ignore. There is a list of supported brands and if you scroll over one with your mouse, you will be offered a list of supported models for each.
Feature-wise, it does not offer quite as wide a range of facilities as does Lightroom but it will be sufficient for many users. PhaseOne, its creators, claim to provide extensive user support but I have heard comments from a one-time user who suggested otherwise.
It does not provide the photo management capabilities as does Lightroom and you may need to seek out a product that does should you need it. A companion product, Media Pro, is available at extra cost should you need that option.
Capable, but not exceptional.