Capture One Express 7

February 25, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software | 1 Comment |
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Phase One has released Capture One Express 7. Offering the essential tools to import, convert, organise, adjust, share and print superior-quality photographs in a fast, intuitive workflow; Capture One Express 7 includes many of the advanced features found in Capture One Pro 7, like noise reduction when shooting in low light, the ability to recover details in shadows and highlights, plus fast black-and-white conversions. Improved OpenCL support means faster image processing. New and improved adjustment tools - e.g. Clarity, HDR - offer greater control for more creative possibilities. Phase One Capture One Express 7 for Windows and Mac is available now for $99 or €69 through the Phase One online store.

Website: Phase One

Press Release

Phase One Releases Capture One Express 7

The Raw Advantage for Dedicated Photographers

COPENHAGEN, February, 25 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today released Capture One Express 7, the raw processing and image-editing software that gives photographers a head start to ultimate image quality. Built on the world’s most advanced image processing engine, Capture One Express 7 delivers stunning out-of-the-box image quality with excellent color and fine detail from a camera’s raw files.

Designed especially for dedicated photographers who appreciate the increased image quality and flexibility of shooting raw, Capture One Express 7 offers the essential tools to import, convert, organize, adjust, share and print superior-quality photographs in a fast, intuitive workflow. It includes many of the advanced features found in Capture One Pro 7, like noise reduction when shooting in low light, the ability to recover details in shadows and highlights, plus fast and flawless black and white conversions.  For a feature-by-feature comparison between Capture One Express and Capture One Pro, please see: http://www.phaseone.com/en/Imaging-Software/Capture-One-Express-7/Pricing

“Whether professional or enthusiast, we believe that dedicated photographers shooting raw will immediately see the Capture One Express 7 processing advantage,” said Linda K. Poulsen, Software Marketing Director, Phase One.

“While we’ve introduced a simplified interface with this release, we’ve included many advanced features,” said Jacob Frost, Teamleader R&D, Phase One. “As always, we’re driven by our passion for helping our customers achieve the best image quality results.”

Capture One Express 7 provides tailor-made camera profiles that bring out the best in each supported camera, including Canon, Nikon, Leica, Sony, Olympus, Samsung, Fujifilm, Phase One, Mamiya-Leaf, as well as the new Fujifilm X-Trans models to name a few. For a complete list of cameras supported please see: http://www.phaseone.com/Supported-cameras

What’s New in Capture One Express 7?

Advanced Image Quality Tools
Taking advantage of the renowned Capture One 7 raw processing engine, image quality is excellent at default settings. Improved OpenCL support means faster image processing. New and improved adjustment tools offer greater control for more creative possibilities:
—Get more detail out of shadows and highlights with the new HDR tool;
—Punch up the color and reduce haze with the new Clarity tool;
—Automatic lens correction for selected lenses ensures image accuracy;
—Convert color to black and white instantly; no need for extra steps or plug-ins.

Catalog Organization
Capture One Express 7 introduces a catalog structure that helps to organize, find, compare and select your images. A catalog contains all the necessary information to find and display any image added to it, including how the images are organized in the catalog and what visual adjustments have been made to them. 
—An importer tool simplifies file import from libraries saved in earlier versions of Capture One Express; 
—Advanced file naming ensures consistent organization; search and filtering options ensure that you can always find your images quickly and easily with specific criteria;
—Use color labels to rate your best shots;
—Browse, view and adjust images even when the original files are offline.

Wireless Photo Viewing
While Capture One does not support tethered shooting, images can be viewed remotely and wirelessly using either the Capture Pilot app for iOS or using a web browser on computers, Android devices and Windows phones.
—Share your work during a shoot with friends or colleagues (allowing them to browse and rate images) over the same wireless network.

Pricing and Availability
Phase One Capture One Express 7 for Windows and Mac is available now for 99USD or 69EUR at http://www.phaseone.com/store and from Phase One partners: http://www.phaseone.com/partners Owners of earlier versions of Capture One Express 3/4/5/6 may upgrade for 69USD or 49EUR. If earlier version has been purchased within 30 days prior to this announcement, Phase One will exempt the upgrade fee; simply contact http://www.phaseone.com/contact. All Capture One software is available for a free 60-day evaluation.

About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions. Phase One cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One and Media Pro software help streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise.

Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tel Aviv. 

Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S.  All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

For more information, please visit Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com; or you can contact the team directly on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PhaseOneWW and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phase-One/184811514906561



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#1 Mikey0308

Yes, it all sounds great when you read the advertising - but doesn't it always? There are a few hidden catches, though.

The new version of Capture One Express is touted as being "intuitive". This really is not the case if you're a long-time user of Version 6. There are some significant changes to the workflow and interface that are not readily apparent. If you use the online help for Version 7, you'll find that Phase One has been pretty lazy in drafting their online help webpages - reading specific "how to" subjects will find you transferring from instructions on how to Express to instructions on how to use the Pro version with no indication - and you will be reading instructions that don't relate to the use of Express! Very confusing.

Some of the new features that are touted also have hidden traps. The much-lauded "lens correction" feature will automatically crop your images - even when you don't want them to. You'll only find this out if you go back and compare the original files. Turning this off has been difficult and *really* not intuitive. Simply disabling the setting for "hide distorted areas" hasn't done the trick for me. Exporting the variants again (the new name for "process variants" and not that easy to find) hasn't done the trick, either. However ... closing the application, reopening the application and then exporting the variants (again!!) has produced the desired result. Really, to take away creative control like this is unacceptable. And to make it *this* hard to find tells me that their user-acceptance testing is amateurish.

All in all, there's nothing new in Version 7 (the old version had HDR processing and all the other features except Lens Correction) that will make your life easier or better. The only new feature is Lens Correction and that's something that you'll probably want to turn off unless you want to hand creative control over to some idiot on the other side of the world who has no idea what you want in your photos.

Don't waste you money. Or, maybe wait until a few updates have come out and the bugs are worked out of it - assuming that Phase one considers these to be "bugs" and not "features".

1:45 am - Sunday, April 21, 2013