Capture One Pro 5 Review

November 24, 2009 | Jon Canfield | Software Reviews | |

Creative Vignettes, another new feature, can be applied before or after cropping, in either circular or elliptical styles. Rather than just giving an arbitrary amount of adjustment, I like the use of EV to describe how much you're lightening or darkening the vignetted area.

Capture One Pro 5.0 has also enhanced metadata editing with access to more fields than the previous versions. The Web Contact Sheet is now easier to use with larger image sizes possible on export, and all elements, including HTML code, thumbnails, and full size images are placed in a folder on the desktop for easier upload or client sharing (Figure 9).

Capture One Pro 5 Figure 9

Workflow is enhanced with the ability to create Variants, or versions, of your images. Variants take only a small amount of disk space and give you the ability to process the same image in a number of different ways. You can also copy and paste individual adjustments from one image to another with the Local Copy and Apply tool (Figure 10).

Capture One Pro 5 Figure 10

Output has always been one of the strong points for Capture One Pro, and version 5 doesn't disappoint here. A new Watermark feature (Figure 11) les you place text or a graphic on your images as they are exported. Opacity, position and size are all adjustable.

Capture One Pro 5 Figure 11

The final new feature is LCC based light falloff. Found on the Lens Correction panel (Figure 12), if you are using a supported lens, this control allows you to adjust for light and sharpening fall off in the captured image.

Capture One Pro 5 Figure 12

With the batch processing features, you can output multiple formats for your images, all with different processing parameters, and all in the background while you continue to work. If you happen to shoot one of the supported medium format backs, you can also take advantage of .EIP, or Enhanced Image Package, which lets you put your master file, ICC profile, and settings file into a single package - anyone working with Capture One Pro can then open the EIP file and will see it exactly as you intended.


While Capture One Pro 5 is not for everyone - the tools can be difficult to master when compared with other applications like Adobe Lightroom, the output quality is excellent, and there are some features, like the color editor, that just aren't available anywhere else.  The new version is faster than 4.5, and the ability to adjust individual color channels in curves will be a welcome feature for those of you that like to tweak your images.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Value for money 4

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#1 heilpflanzen

I have read the article and seen the snaps which gives the good notion of the software and about the proper usage of the Capture one Pro 5.It is beautifully captured the real scene of the snaps.I want to know the proper application installation links and more information regarding such another software.

5:40 am - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

#2 Mac

Thanks for posting…this product is great for enhancing pictures.  I found this site—-perfect for online portfolios =)

12:12 pm - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

#3 Fotograf

Tethered zoom photo check is great option.
You haven`t mention elimination of chromatic aberation on the photos which is much better than in LR and photoshop

1:26 pm - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

#4 vanessa

hi can you please explain how to use the overlay tool in cap 5 pro?

4:36 am - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

#5 Clara C

Can you explain me how to activate the focus mask? At the moment the mask seems to be off and I dont know how to activate it.


1:44 pm - Thursday, July 22, 2010

#6 Anke Benen

Great article! I’m keen on testing it.
BUT can someone tell me the difference to the Adobe software and which one to use? Phase one vs. Adobe.
Thanks for your feedback.
I’m looking into buying new software and can’t decide. So far I’m using PS Elements 7.
Thanks, Anke

11:59 am - Sunday, July 25, 2010

#7 kezar

i want trail verson

6:19 pm - Friday, October 8, 2010

#8 Laadukas Hakukoneoptimointi

Great post, thanks for the tips! There’s always something new to learn, no matter how well you think you know…

7:14 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2010

#9 Sergio Martone

I am not one for reading manuals. I want a program to work the way I instinctively do. I don’t want to spend time reading manuals and addendum’s and revisions. I want to spend my time taking photographs.
Capture One does that for me.It is really that simple.
The application gives me what I want.

9:45 pm - Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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It is quite great editing the pictures. I would be happy to make my own pics on portfolio. I hope some companies may hire me.

1:50 pm - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

#11 Fotograf Darko

Thanks for the nice article. This is great

2:40 pm - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

#12 Fotografisanje Beograd

Great post, thanks for the tips!

3:15 pm - Thursday, January 30, 2014

#13 Dan at Vigorotaku

Check out Capture One Pro 8

Killer features of Capture One Pro 8 for me:
- No need for Catalogs!
- Variants
- Multiple focus windows for image review or tethered shooting

You can take a look at
Capture One Pro 8 at

I hope that you find this helpful.

Dan at

4:34 pm - Thursday, September 18, 2014