Capture One Pro 10 All New Features Review



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Today Phase One released Capture One Pro 10 with a bunch of surprising features.
Starting from Capture One 6, Phase One boarded a high-speed train rolling out breakthrough editing tools with every new Capture One release.
This year developers decided to enhance some features which were missed in previous updates.

Capture One 10 brings completely new image sharpening, amazing output proofing, snappier performance and a mass of other useful improvements.
Let’s find out what Capture One Pro 10 does have to boost our workflows.

Main features

Output Proofing

Output Proofing, the first novelty of Capture One Pro 10, is dedicated to showing you how exactly the RAW file would look after the processing.


When you are working with RAW, there are many options to convert it to the final JPG or TIFF. For different purposes, you may need a particular color profile, size or sharpening settings. Previously, at times it was quite difficult to predict the final image’s look. Now you can turn on Output Proofing and you would immediately see the prepared image with applied preferences from the selected recipe.
It’s especially useful when you’re processing images for web.

"Proofing" sign shows that Output Proofing is turned on and you see the image with applied settings from selected recipe.

“Proofing” sign shows that Output Proofing is turned on and you see the image with applied settings from selected recipe.

With Output Proofing, you can set the best Sharpening for your image depending on processing size. Proofing allows you to check your image to look good with selected color profile. Even JPEG compression artifacts can also be simulated.

New sharpening

Capture One Pro 10 brings entirely new sharpening workflow called “3-phase sharpening”. Now you can separately apply sharpening settings to three different editing stages:

  • Input sharpening
  • A sharpening process starts with “Diffraction correction” check box in Lens tool. That feature automatically corrects basic problems with sharpness related to your lens.

  • Creative sharpening
  • At that stage, you can manually add sharpness to your image, as it was in previous versions of Capture One. At the same time, Sharpening tool has got two handy improvements in Capture One 10:
    1) Now there is new Halo suppression slider to remove specific «halo» effect, which often appears during sharpening.

    2) All the sharpening sliders are now able to work in layers. That means you can locally apply various sharpening settings to different parts of the image.


  • Output sharpening
  • In Capture One 10 you can now adjust sharpening right in recipe’s settings for different purposes. For example, it allows you to set specific sharpness for web and print recipes.


    Output Proofing will show you how it looks on the final image. For prints you can also specify the distance the image should be viewed from.


New sharpening and Output Proofing allows you to prepare the image for web or print in all the details.

Improved performance for faster viewing experience

With almost each new Capture One release, developers are continuing to increase app’s speed and stability. This year they focused on refining viewing and working with images’ performance.
As a result, caching speed, drawing latency and framerates for adjustments were significantly improved. It’s quite difficult to measure, but try to work with layers in Capture One 10, and you’ll immediately notice the performance boost.

By the way, make sure to upgrade your RAW files engine to the 10th version to get all the features of Capture One Pro 10.



Camera Focus tool

The tethered shooting was always one of the main features of Capture One, and in the 10-th version, it has got a new Camera Focus tool.
The new tool allows you to automatically and manually adjust focus during the shooting. And the best news is that Camera Focus tool works with Sony, Nikon, and Canon cameras as well as with Phase One IQ/XF.


Due to some hardware specifics, Camera Focus tool with Nikon and Canon cameras work in Live View mode only. It’s also worth to point out that the Auto Focus indicator isn’t available with Canon cameras and Manual Focus Adjustment Buttons – with Sony cameras.
Even with these restrictions, it’s a great tool for interior, food and product photographers.

Tangent devices support


Another significant update of Capture One 10 is Tangent hardware support. All the previous versions of Capture One missed support for editing devices which are often used by professional retouchers.
Now you can connect Tangent devices with Capture One and gain an amazing analog control over color correction and processing.


Other improvements

Compressed RAW Support

In previous versions of Capture One some useful features like Lens Correction, Chromatic Aberration Analysis and LCC weren’t available for compressed RAW files.
Now all these tools work great with Canon mRAW/sRAW and Nikon RAW M (and RAW S for D5 and D500).

Auto masking

There is good news for Fuji camera owners as well. In Capture One Pro 10 auto masking was updated to support any editable file type, including Xtrans.


Filter for orientation of images

One more annoying issue of previous releases was fixed, and now you can filter images by orientation: landscape, portrait, and square. Note that the filter considers applied crop.

Move folders in Catalogs

Talking about small, but useful improvements: in Capture One Pro 10 you’re able to move folders inside Catalog’s “Folders” and they would also be moved on your hard drive.
That means, if you wish to relocate the folder with your images, you can just drag it to a new place in Capture One, and it would automatically be moved on your HDD as well.


New workspaces

In Capture One 10 you’ll find the default workspace updated, now the browser is on the right side of the screen, and Composition tab tools were merged into Lens tab. Developers have also added the new “Migration” workspace that provides more familiar UI for former Lightroom users.

At any moment you can switch to the classical Capture One 9 workspace or fully customize the workspace to your personal preferences.
Here is a video to show you how it works.

More Apple Script properties

Apple Script is one of the most underestimated features by Capture One users. It allows you to create an action sequence which is performed automatically as you run the script.

With previous releases, Phase One significantly expanded the amount of Capture One properties to work with Apple Script.
In the new Capture One, they also have added some new features. Now you can use commands to Pack/Unpack EIP, sync metadata and select variants; Exif properties (R/O) and IPTC (R/W) fields can be targeted using scripting for metadata change.

Optimization in Capture One 10

  • JPEG creation algorithms were optimized to provide the best quality at the smallest possible size.
  • LCC speed generation was increased by 20%.
  • OpenCL, graphics acceleration technology, is now enabled by default in Capture One settings.

New Cameras Support

• Sony a99 M2 support
• Sony RX100M5 support
• Sony a6500 support
• Sony a3500 support
• Olympus E-M1 mkll Support

New Lenses Support

• Mamiya Sekor Fisheye ULD C 24mm 1:4
• Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G (SAL70200G)
• Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
• Sony E 18–200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
• Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS (SELP18105G)
• Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS (SEL55210)
• Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS (SEL1018)
• Sony E 20mm F2.8 (SEL20F28)
• Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70 mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1670Z)
• Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55 mm F1.8 ZA (SEL55F18Z)
• Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM (SAL50F18)
• Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
• Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM (SAL30M28)
• Sony 16mm F2.8 Fisheye (SAL16F28)
• Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO
• Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO
• Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R


Capture One Pro 10 license (single user – 3 seats) price is 279 EUR / 299 USD

If you wish to upgrade your Capture One Pro 8/9 license to Capture One 10 it would cost 99 EUR

There is also a subscription option available:

Single user – 2 seats 3 months subscription – 19 EUR per month
Single user – 2 seats 12 months subscription – 12 EUR per month

By the way, all the users who have purchased Capture One 9 in November would automatically receive a license for the 10-th version.

Save 10% on Capture One Pro 11

For all the readers of Alex on RAW, a 10% discount for Capture One Pro 11 license is now available.

It works equally well for a full version of Capture One Pro 11 or an upgrade.

How it works?

1) At Phase One on-line store click “Add to cart” to purchase Capture One Pro 11.
2) At Check Out page enter this special code AMBC1BLOG, select “USE VOUCHER” and you will immediately gain 10% discount.

Capture One 10 for Sony

For Sony camera owners there are two special versions of Capture One 10:

Capture One 10 Pro For Sony – 50 EUR / USD 50
This is the same Capture One Pro 9, but it works only with Sony RAW files.

Capture One 10 Express For Sony – free!
Express version doesn’t have some nice features like tethered capabilities, masking, local Curves and few others features.
Capture One 10 Express works only with Sony RAW files too. In everything else it’s the same Capture One 10 and it’s absolutely free.

Learn more about Capture One for Sony.

Is it worth to update?

As we can see from the last two years – the first release of new version of Capture One is only the beginning. I’m pretty sure that we’ll see more new features in Capture One 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3 releases.

Capture One Pro 10 is not about new editing tools, but about overall improvement of your working process. That’s why it’s definitely worth to upgrade your Capture One 8/9 license to the 10-th version if you’re a professional photographer. You will boost your workflow significantly with Output Proofing, new sharpening, enhanced performance and dozens of other improvements.

Learn more about Capture One

If you’re new to Capture One and thinking about migration from Lightroom or any other software, I would like to recommend you to read
my article “10 reasons to switch to Capture One”.
It shows the features which I didn’t include in this article, but they made Capture One such a fantastic tool for photographers as it is now.


Author – Alexander Svet

Alexander Svet – professional photographer and specialist in image processing.
Phase One Certified Professional and Capture One trainer.

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  • Arend.

    Seems more like a 9.x release, nothing major has changed in my view

    • 0100000000000100011000011

      Still no history panel or any improvements to cloning tools. Even Alienskin and OnOne’s new raw converters have managed to match these basic LR features. I like C1 because getting pleasing colors is easier compared to LR, but I eventually get LR to colors I like and it does everything else better.

      • t_linn

        THIS!!! Still no History Panel. Come on, guys. This is workflow 101 for me. It’s great to see the IQ upgrades (and, particularly, Fuji-specific improvements) but no history panel means “no deal” for me.

  • Dave Poxon

    So I purchased Pro 9 in Nov, how do I go about upgrading to 10? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi, developers told me that you will recieve an e-mail later today with instructions 🙂

      • Dave Poxon

        OK wonderful and thanks for the reply

  • Adam

    If it opens compressed Fuji RAWs, I’m in. Any luck?

    • Stephen Scharf

      No, unfortunately not.

  • Mansgame

    Lightroom is bloatware and their CC model treats standalone owners like second class citizens. Still, $300 is a bit much to switch over when the LR upgrade is $79. Lower the price and see the adobe refugees come to your door. Lightroom must be dethroned!

    • peter w

      I would recomment any photographer to use the subscription instead of the buy option. Capture One presents a new version update every year, which implies very fast devaluation. Especially in case you intend to update your cameras soon/early.

      • johann jensson

        Not everybody needs a new version every year. I’m still working with Photoshop CS6 and have not even discovered all the new functions.

        And even if you wait three months for the bugs on a new version to get squashed, you have saved 36€ by not subscribing.

        I would recommend any photographer to NOT use the subscription model. As long as you don’t make big bucks from your photography, it’s a ripoff.

        • peter w

          You are right.
          I should have stressed more: any photographer that updates his/her camera’s regularly.
          You have no use for a rawconvertor if your camera is not supported. Photoshop is a bit different at that.

  • Emile Gregoire

    Alexander, thanks for the blog. Quick question: I’m about to buy the extended film set. Is that too compatible with v10?

    • Hi, Emile, thank you! Yes, all the styles are compatible with 10th version.

      • Emile Gregoire

        Excellent! I already have the original film styles but will get the extended one later today!

  • Stephen Scharf

    STILL no support for Fuji compressed RAW and Fuji tethering.

  • Doug Dolde

    How much did Phase One pay you to write this fluff review?

  • peter w

    There are some strange problems with the crop (original format not corresponding to original format; when copying attaining sometimes a sharper crop; sometimes no troublesome to undo a crop) and the selection tools (getting a swipe from the selection brush) in version 9.
    Are these solved? These improvements/corrections belong in version 9, not in a new version.

  • Val Korolev

    Since I have upgraded from 9 to 10 it seems that new version is substantially heavier on PC resources. Version 9 would occasionally take all my CPU cores to 100%. But that would never present too much of an issue. With new version I observe that all my 6 cores run 100% almost all the time and image update/processing take seconds. Even just to switch from one image to another takes 5-10 seconds or even more during which time PC is not responsive. I observe that all CPUs are essentially running CaptureOne to process to 100%. Really surprised. Any experiences from other people?

    • Jason Leaman

      Apparently Phase One know something of it, although updates aren’t too forthcoming right now. Upgrading to V10 has thrown my new iMac overboard when it comes to CPU pressure. Just browsing through my library makes my high spec computer groan. Exporting? Forget it. Or at least put it on over night and hope the iMac doesn’t melt. I’m also surprised especially given the fact the v9 was OK and Phase One are touting ‘Faster Operation’ as a key upgrade feature in v10. Not good.

      • Martin Krause

        same issue here – capture one 9 was running flawlessly on my i7 macbook pro, only in fullscreen mode it sometimes took some time to render the previews. But now nearly everything is slowed down, for example when You apply some styles it takes time to show the preview and when You want ta apply a style it happens like in slo-mo and You can “see” c1 working through the different steps of style construction.

        • Val Korolev

          Guys, I think I have figured out the issue. I had enabled sidecar (xmp) for my catalogue. Once I disable it in preferences it solves the issue. Do not understand the purpose/value of sidecar/xmp anyway so it does not cause me inconvenience. In version 9 the issue with xmp was only visible read during catalogue opening – it would take some 10s of seconds. In v10 indeed I struggle to even browse. with xmp disabled – it work good.
          Hope it helps.
          Re. Martin’s comment about applying styles – it is true I also do have delay from the moment I select the image till it shows clearly on the screen. That is about 1sec usually, so tolerable. I used to blame my videocard but I think it is not the issue.

  • leethecam

    Still no radial adjustment tool like in LR. Come on Capture One… this is aboutthe only thing that slows us down when dealing with large numbers of images that need customisable vignettes, (with or without colour adjustment).

  • Mohamed Abdel-Hady

    My Capture one pro 9.3 supports Sigma 24-105mm/f4 art lens Canon version but Nikon version isn’t supported, are they the same??? In Adobe camera raw the 2 profiles of canon and nikon lens versions are 100% identical, not sure if it’s the same with capture one